Whether you are watching your weight, shifting to an all plant-based diet, or simply craving something light for supper, Dal (lentils) is a great choice. Easy-to-make, and packed with nutrition, this Spinach Dal Recipe Andhra will get your taste buds and endorphins jumping!
Native to the lands of India, Dal has become a popular dish around the world. Versatile and easily available you can add literally anything you like to make it more interesting and fancy. To help you impress your friends, we have perfected the best Spinach Dal Recipe in Andhra Style!
Spinach Dal Recipe Andhra
- 1 cup Moong dal or toor dal.
- ½ tsp Turmeric powder.
- 1 pc Medium-sized onion.
- 4 pcs Green chilies.
- 3 cups Spinach.
- 1 ½ tsp Red chili powder.
- Gooseberry sized tamarinds.
- 1 pc Medium-sized tomato.
- ½ tsp Sugar.
- Salt (as per required).
- 2 tsp Ghee or oil.
- 4 pods Garlic.
- ½ tsp Mustard seeds.
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds.
- 2 pcs Dried red chilies.
- ½ tsp Asafetida.
- 5 pcs Curry leaves.
There are two ways you can cook Spinach Dal Andhra Style. We’ve covered both of them.
Pressure Cooker Method
- Clean the spinach leaves by washing them under running water.
- Chop the leaves and set them aside.
- Wash your lentils (whichever one you plan to use) and place them in the pressure cooker (if you plan on using one).
- Then, add around two and a half cups of water. Then add a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder.
- Roughly chop the onions into big pieces. Also, slit the green chilies and add them to the lentils.
- Now you can add the chopped spinach and spread it evenly all over the lentils.
- Chop up the tomato into medium-sized pieces and place them in a small bowl. Place this bowl on top of the spinach inside the pressure cooker.
- Seal off the lid and pressure cook for around three whistles in high heat. Then you have to simmer to low for around five minutes. After that, turn off the heat.
- Once it’s done, open the pressure cooker. Mash all the contents from the bowl and the cooker together. You can add a little sugar to even out the saltiness/sourness. You can add salt as well per your taste. Pour out the dal to a serving dish. Ensure that the burnt dal does not stick to the bottom.
Without Pressure Cooker
- First, you have to soak the dal in water for around half an hour.
- Then, add four to five cups of water to the dal along with turmeric powder.
- You have to cook it on medium heat until it becomes soft.
- You can then add onions, tomatoes, and green chilies. Also, add the tamarind extracts and the red chili powder.
- Now you can finally add the spinach leaves and boil everything till it is cooked.
- If you want to adjust the taste, you can add a little sugar or salt as well.
- The dal, along with the other ingredients, should be thoroughly blended.
- You can also make the dal viscous or less viscous by adding water or boiling it a little more. Finally, if the mixture begins to froth up, you can remove the lid and cook without it.
- Once you’re done, you can turn off the heat.
A dal is not complete without the tadka.
- Take a small frying pan and heat oil or ghee in medium heat.
- Add a few crushed or chopped garlic pods.
- Once the oil is hot enough, you can add the garlic. Once the garlic starts to turn slightly brown, you can add the remaining tampering ingredients like red chilies, cumin seeds, and mustard seeds.
- When the mustard seeds start to splutter, you can then add a pinch of asafetida.
- Turn off the heat and introduce the mixture into the dal. You can either leave it as a topping or mix it thoroughly.
- You can serve Spinach Dal Andhra Style either with rice or nan.
This recipe contains around 138 Calories per serving. The total nutrients consist of;
- 138 Calories
- 1.9 Grams Fat
- 0.2 Grams Saturated Fat
- 486.7 Milligrams Sodium
- 24.3 Grams Carbohydrate
- 6 Grams Dietary Fiber
- 5 Grams Sugar
- 8 Grams Protein
What Goes Best with Spinach Dal?
Spinach Dal, an Indian subcontinent delight is mostly paired with;
- Ffreshly Fried Crackers
- Brown or White Rice
- Tangy Vegetable Salad
- Steamed Chicken
Can You Store Spinach Daal?
Having ready to be served food in your fridge that only needs a little warming up can save you a lot of time especially when you are not in a mood to cook. However, dal is one of those foods that is best served hot, with a sizzling tadka dancing on the top.
As a food-lover, we do not recommend storing spinach dal in the fridge or freezer because the vegetable in it will go stale. But if you are still adamant, we would recommend storing the spinach daal in an air-tight container for no more than 2 days in the fridge and a week in the freezer.
Recommended Snacks to Try
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