Roasted moong dal with spinach

Yield: 5 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Moong dal
½ teaspoon Turmeric
1 each Bay leaf
¾ pounds Spinach, washed & shredded
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Cayenne
1 tablespoon Ghee
½ teaspoon Cumin seeds, whole
2 eaches Fresh hot green chiles, cube

Pick & sort dal & cleans as throughly as possible with a dry cloth.

Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. When hot, put in the dal & stir-roast it until the grains are a golden red colour. Put the dal in a bowl & wash in several changes of water.

Put the dal in a heavy pot. Add turmeric, bay leaf & 4 c water.

Bring t oa boil, reduce heat & simmer, partially covered for 1 hour.

Add spinach, salt, cayenne & ⅔ c water. Cover & simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring a couple of times during this period.

Heat ghee in a small pan. when hot, add cumin seeds. A few seconds later, add chiles. Stir once & pour over the cooked dal. Cover immediately.

Madhur Jaffrey, "A Taste of India" Submitted By MARK SATTERLY On 05-15-95

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