Saturday, June 4, 2011

Easy Spinach Dal

I made this simple Indian spinach dal the other day, I have found that I tend to alternative other cuisines be it Italian, Asian, British with Indian so hubby doesn't miss out on the food he enjoys. Also our little one will happily eat dal with rice. Dal is great tasting rich in protein and satisfying. 


  • one cup of toor dal and about two cups of water
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • one teaspoon of sambar powder - found in Indian stores
  • one bunch of chopped spinach
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of cumin seeds 
  • one red chili 
  • a pinch of coriander powder
  • a pinch of mustard seeds
  • 1/2 a red onion chopped
  • 1/2 a chopped tomato 

  1. pressure cook the dal with the tomato, a little garlic and onion for 2-3 whistles (for toor dal less if you use red lentils) or boil for 45- one hr until soft
  2. heat a little canola oil and pop the mustard seeds, add the cumin seeds, onion, garlic and chili and saute add sambar powder, turmeric and coriander powder- add to cooked dal
  3. then add the chopped spinach and let it boil for 5-10 minutes until cooked 
  4. serve with rice :-)
Who makes dal at home?

and enjoy the weekend

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  1. I love Indian food; can I come and eat at your house?! :)

    And where do you think I might find toor dal (I actually don't know what this is)?

    Lentils are one of my most favorite things...

  2. Si que son ricas estas espinacas, y deliciosas que tienen qu eestar.


  3. I have never made this but after seeing this I will now!

  4. Emily oh thanks come on over anytime and you can get toor dal in any Indian store
    Jose thanks
    Maris oh thats neat let me know what you think

  5. Oh, this does look simple...and delicious! I just may have to try it =)

  6. Delicious!! Spinach everything flies for my palate. Come by and lets walk through Reynolda.

  7. Very cool! I don't think I've ever seen this before, looks fabulous :)

  8. spinach dal is ultimate comfort food. Love them to have with roti.

  9. girlichef hope you like it
    Liz oh love spinach sure call me
    parseley sage u would love it
    belinda oh thats neat
    swathi bet yours is awesome

  10. Looks yummy with rice! Your family is lucky that you can cook so many variety of food! I'm just stuck with Japanese and Japanized Chinese/Italian food....and that's it.... ;-)

  11. Yummy and healthy spinach this anytime.

  12. Hi Rebecca! Dal is one of my favorite things! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Have a good rest of the weekend!

  13. Nami he he I try :-0
    suman bet yours is great
    roz hope you like it

  14. No! I just used all my spinach! I'll have to pick up more to make this dish. Looks good!

  15. Love love love dal recipes! This is a great one :)

  16. I never make dal at home but now found a store that sells indian ingredients, must make this soon!

  17. Fantastic dal recipe, so healthy and perfect for us veggies :)

  18. yummychunklet enjoy
    Victoria thanks so much
    chef pandita oh thats neat you will make dal
    magic of spice thanks

  19. a simple yummy dish and a frequent recourse in our home :)

  20. this is from deep root of south Indian we make it so often at home and love it so much!!

  21. I would eat this with a spoon directly out of the pot. YUM!

  22. now serving oh thats cool
    Ananda :-) hugs your from my hubbys place
    claire dive in



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