Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Green Dal/ Lentils With Coriander

          Since lentils are the main source of protein in a vegetarian diet, I use it in my cooking, almost every single day, either in the form of sambars, kootus or dals. Some time back, I had jotted down this recipe from a newspaper, a very simple and easy to make dish. Green Dal, the name is because of the green color, it gets  from the coriander used in it, which along with ginger and garlic gives a wonderful flavor to the dal. This dal goes very well with plain rice or even with light pilafs or rotis..

Need To Have

  • Tuvar Dal/ split Pigeon Peas - 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/8 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 10
  • Lemon Juice - from 1/2 a lemon (small one)

To Grind

  • Fresh Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Grated Coconut - 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Chopped Ginger - 1/2 tablespoon
  • Green Chilly - 1


          Pressure cook the tuvar dal along with the turmeric powder, mash slightly and keep. Grind together all the ingredients given under 'to grind'.

          Heat some oil, add the curry leaves, mix once and add the mashed dal. Mix, then add the ground paste, about 1 to 11/2 cups of water. Mix, bring it to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Finally add the lemon juice, mix and switch off.

Add more or less green chillies depending on the spice level of the chillies.
You can add some more water and have this dal as a soup.
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  1. this is a very different.. have always seen the green from palak.. like this ground mixture.. will try this

  2. looks so green..Interesting recipe....

  3. Innovative recipe love to try your version Hema

  4. That is wonderful version Hema, I love the green color.
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  5. lovely and inviting clicks.. this looks very tempting and yummy..

  6. very unique dal recipe Hema, sounds interesting...will try it sometime soon...great accompaniment with jeera rice/plain rice!

  7. innovative recipe... healthy and delicious...

  8. What a pretty green. Luv this healthy and aromatic recipe.

  9. Loving the green color. healthy dhal

  10. very innovative recipe hema.. like the color of dal..

  11. yummy and looks good.. Love the color Hema

  12. lovely recipe with a fresh colour!

  13. This is such an interesting twist to the normal dal that we make. Love the colour and I am very curious to see how it tastes. Gotta try!

  14. loved it, looks delicious.. nice green color..

  15. Loved the addition of coriander and the lovely green colour...

  16. Loved this healthy and yummy dal.. Drooling here Hema :-)

  17. This recipe looks delicious - I am definitely going to try it!