Spinach with moong dal

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
\N \N Stephen Ceideburg
2 cups Moong dal
1 pounds Frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
3 \N Fresh green chiles, stemmed and sliced lengthwise
1 tablespoon Tamarind paste
1 teaspoon Turmeric
1 teaspoon Sugar
\N \N Salt to taste
1 tablespoon Corn oil
2 teaspoons Mustard seeds
1 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
2 \N Whole, dried red chile peppers
½ teaspoon Asafetida

Rinse dal thoroughly in a strainer under running water. Put in a large saucepan with 5 cups water and bring to a boil. Add spinach and green chiles and simmer 10 minutes. Add tamarind, turmeric, sugar and salt.

Cook 15-20 minutes more.

Heat oil in a small saucepan or skillet. When hot, lower the heat and add mustard seeds, fenugreek and dry chiles. Cook, stirring, until mustard seeds crackle. Stir in asafetida. Add to spinach mixture and check for salt. Serve warm.

Courtesy, Sue Sista of "Sue's India Cuisine", San Jose and Mountain View. From the San Jose Mercury News, 6/9/93.

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