Spinach Dal

BM# 98: Week 4, Day 3
Theme : Cooking for Two

For Day 3 of Cooking for two theme, I am here with another simple recipe and a simple meal. Growing up, we never used to sit together at the dining table and eat a meal together. The dishes are left on the table and whenever you are hungry, you can go and serve yourself. Amma follows her body clock when it comes to hunger and appa follows the actual clock. I always wonder what would happen if we hide all the clocks…how will appa eat then?!

After my brother left home for work, he would visit us every month. It was during these visits that we started eating together as a family. He would insist on eating together and would wait until everyone is gathered at the table. Eating together, as we found out, was a wonderful experience and one which I sorely miss now.

In a typical Indian house, the woman eats last. For most part, this is because you would have cooked the exact number of servings and its a good idea to wait until everyone else has done eating. That way you know that the family has had enough food and you can finish off whatever is left. In most cases, there wont be enough leftover and the mother makes the sacrifice of eating rice without any curry on the side. Its something I have never understood. I always prefer making an extra serving so that everyone can sit together and enjoy a meal without worrying whether it will be sufficient for all or not. But that’s just me.

Anyway, here is a recipe I made for lunch today, cooked exactly for two people. My son is having his lunch at school and its only me and my husband for lunch. I decided to make it extra special by making a thogayal (a kind of chutney) and omelette too in addition to the ladies finger fry. My husband prefers rice but I had this meal with quinoa. Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • a good pinch of hing
  • 1/2 medium tomato
  • 1 cup chopped spinach/palak
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

Method:

  1. Wash toor dal couple of times till the water runs clear. Add this to a pressure cooker along with turmeric powder, hing and enough water so that there is about 1/2″ water on top of the submerged dal. Add roughly chopped onions, garlic and green chillies. Pressure cook for 6-8 whistles or until the dal is completely cooked and mushy. Let the pressure release naturally from the cooker. Mash the dal with a ladle so that its smooth.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once it crackles, add chopped tomatoes and cook until its soft and mushy. Add the chopped spinach and salt as needed.
  3. Once the spinach is cooked, add the dal mix and half cup of water. Add 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder, if you prefer more heat. Let it come to a boil. Taste test and adjust the seasonings. Simmer the dal for about 10 minutes and take off the heat.
  4. I served it with quinoa. I prepared an omelette, ladies finger fry and ridge gourd chutney to serve along with the dal.

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6 thoughts on “Spinach Dal

  1. vaishalisabnani says:

    9 out of 10 times we have always had our meals with family . Before marriage and even after marriage . Yes , with nuclear family concepts things are changing . Cooking for just two is rather difficult , but you have put together a wonderful meal which looks lovely .

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  2. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth says:

    I totally loved reading through your post… thinking about it now, we actually never ate together. It is only now, that we are all grown up, and we meet very rarely, do we sit and eat together, still most of the time umma eats separately. Hmm… The dal is delicious, my comfort meal…

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  3. harini says:

    The dal sounds delicious. Up until a few years ago, we all used to eat dinner together. Now the kids have their own schedules and the adults at home eat early dinner and so weekend lunches are the only time we have a chance to eat together.

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  4. gayathriraani says:

    We used to eat together when growing up, but now it is so different and we eat at different times. This is such a hearty meal for sure. Adding spinach to dal makes it extra nutritious.

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  5. srividhya says:

    One thing that I follow till date is eating together with family. Even if the husband is late, kiddo and I eat together. Dunno how long this will last. Between that plate looks so yum and spinach dal sounds healthy and delicious.

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