Spinach dal curry (Dal-palak)

Ingredients
serves 4 people.
1/2 bunch of spinach washed & chopped,
1 cup toor dal,
2-3 tsp peanuts,
4 dry red chilies crushed into pieces,
1 onion,
5 small garlic cloves,
chopped coriander leaves,
2 tsp turmeric powder,
1/2 tsp asafoetida,
salt & sugar to taste.
1 tbsp oil.

 
Method

1. Wash dal. Wash spinach leaves in salt water. Chop them. Mix together dal, spinach leaves, 1 tsp oil, turmeric powder and enough water. Boil them till soft.

2. Mash dal and spinach. Keep aside.

3. Chop onion. Crush garlic cloves. Wash peanuts.

4. Heat a pan. Put 1 tbsp oil into it. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds crackle, add asafoetida, red chilies and garlic cloves. Add peanuts and fry. Add chopped onions and fry them till translucent.

5. Pour dal and spinach mixture into the pan. Add water for desired thickness. Bring it to a boil.

6. Add salt, sugar and simmer for 10 minutes.

7. Garnish with coriander leaves while serving.

Serve hot with chapati or rice.

Tip: Vary the proportion of spinach and dal as per the liking.