Sookhi Moong Palak Dal / Whole Green Gram with Spinach
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A dry spinach sabzi made with whole green moong, this dish is a great healthy accompaniment for almost any Indian meal. It uses few ingredients but is flavourful and packs quite a nutrient punch.
Recipe type: Dry Vegetable
Cuisine: Indian
Yield: Serves 4
  • 1 cup whole moong dal, soaked overnight or at least for 6 hours
  • ½ cup boiled & chopped spinach
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 1 teaspoon jeera seeds (cumin seeds)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 2 green chillies
  • Salt, to taste
  • Sliced onions, green chillies and coriander to garnish
  • Equipment Used:
  • Mixer Grinder
  • Iron Kadhai
  1. To begin, drain the water from the soaked green moong and keep it aside.
  2. In a mixer-grinder, add the spinach and tomatoes and puree them together. Keep this aside.
  3. Heat the mustard oil in an iron kadhai and add the jeera seeds to it. When they start sputtering, add the onions and fry until they are soft and lightly browned.
  4. Add the garlic, ginger and green chillies and saute for a few seconds until aromatic.
  5. Next, add the spinach-tomato puree along with salt and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. To this, add the drained dal and cook on high heat, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
  7. Reduce the flame to low, cover and cook undisturbed for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and check the to see if the dal is cooked. It should be soft and cooked but still hold its form and have some bite to it.
  8. At this stage, you can take the lid off completely and cook on low heat until all the liquid has been absorbed/evaporated and the spinach coats the dal, which will take approximately 15 minutes. Ensure that you stir often at this stage to avoid sticking and burning.
  9. When the dish is done it will be a dark green colour, but the longer it stays in the iron kadhai before serving, the darker (and almost black) it will turn and that’s the way we like it. If you prefer it greener, then remove it from the kadhai as soon as you have turned off the heat.
  10. Serve the Sookhi Moong Palak Dal garnished with sliced onions, green chillies and coriander alongside Aloo Poori.
  11. Another good way to eat this dry dal is actually as a base for an Indian-style salad. Once the dal is cool, mix it up with chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumber, green chillies, chopped coriander leaves, chaat masala and lemon juice. It’s filling and delicious and makes a nutritious meal by itself.
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