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Dal with Collard Greens

Friday, October 2, 2009

This is my first post.
Normally, i cook dal with spinach  methi and red sorrel. I was running out of all leafy veggies n started searching in my fridge. I came across these collard greens which i use in salads.So, i thought of cooking greens with dal, as it adopts the flavor of anything.
Though collard greens are cousins of mustard leaves, they do have their own distinct flavor. These greens stand out as a nutritional superstar. Really, it contains lots of nutrients that we require in our daily life such as vitamin A, K, C n omega-3 fatty acids and many more...
Lets come to preparation part:

Source : My own
Prep time: 7 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Serves: 4 people

Ingredients:
Toor Dal/ Red Gram Lentil: 11/2 cup ( i use rice cooker cup)
Collard Greens: 2 cups ( here i used frozen one,if it is fresh, finely chopped)
Onion: 1 medium, finely chopped
Tomato: 1 large, diced
Green Chillies: 3, sliced
Turmeric powder/ Haldi : 1 tsp
Red chili powder: 1-2 tsp ( or to taste)
Salt: 1 tsp
Ginger: 1 tsp finely chopped
Amchur : 1tsp or 2,3 pieces  ( i use amchur in may dal ,as it gives mango flavor. if u want to use tamarind u can use upto 2 tsp tamarind pulp)
Water: 4 cups
for Tempering/ Poppu:
Oil: 1tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Dried whole red chillies: 2-3
Garlic cloves: 3-4, crushed
Curry leaves: 2 stems
A pinch of hing/
asafeotida
Salt: to taste
Ghee: 1 tbsp ( butter or ghee. i, normally use smart balance as it contains omega 3 n doesn't have hydrogenated oils)

Cooking:
1) In a pressure cooker, put all the ingredients . Cook up to 3-4 whistles( depends on cooker, mine takes 3) and let it cool down for 10 mins or so
.
2)
In a small pan, heat oil and then add red chili pieces. Now add mustard seeds n let it splutter. After that add cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves, crushed garlic and butter.
3) Turn heat off n add  tempering to cooked dal. Mix it n cover, so that smell of butter doesn't escape
4) Serve with Chapati or rice.
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