Spinach stew (Dal Palak)
A simple, healthy side-dish that goes great with rice or flat-breads....also makes a great combination with tamarind-based gravies.

Ingredients: (serves 3)

spinach leaves - 250 grams (chopped)
tomatoes - 2 (chopped)
split yellow mung beans - 1/2 cup
red chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
ghee - 1 tbsp
turmeric powder - a pinch
cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
asafoetida - a pinch
salt to taste


Pressure cook beans with turmeric powder.
Heat ghee. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Fry for a minute. Add tomatoes and cook till soft. Then add the spinach, salt, cumin powder and red chilli powder and boil for 5 minutes. Mix in the beans and cook covered for a couple of minutes.
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