Friday, 10 January 2014

Adraki Masoor aur palak Daal - Ginger, Red Lentil Spinach Soup ~ 10th January 2014 Potluck Party, Cyber Style

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

I'm wrapped with blanket excitement, we are hosting our first Potluck Party in the new year. Past nine months without any failure, strength by strength and with full of excitement every member has been participating and thoroughly enjoying it. So this month is as usual everyone is bringing one dish of their choice and share with us all.

If you want to share your recipe and enjoy full masti and fun, you're most welcome to join our party. Just shoot me an email or leave a comment below.

I know most of my friends after the overindulgence of Christmas, they want to see the new year as an opportunity for self improvement and that includes healthy eating too. So keeping this in my mind I thought of Adraki Masoor Palak Daal !

What can I say about this daal, nothing but just brag about it. Masoor daal absolutely rich flavours, fibre and protein. It's versatile and cooks quickly. Particularly masoor daal works as saviour for women , who are at a higher risk of iron deficiency. In a nutshell masoor daal is good for your whole body, if you don't want to suffer from indigestion, diabetes, high cholesterol , allergies or high blood pressure incorporate masoor daal in your regular diet.

To make more nutritious , I added palak which are also packed with countless health benefits including good source of iron and it blends well with masoor daal, so double dose of iron for you ladies :) also because of cold spell I incorporate good amount of ginger to get that extra kick and wonderful flavour !

Adraki, Masoor Palak daal is earthy, simply, creamy and tasty can be prepared with minimal ingredients in less than 20 minutes if you are using pressure cooker and tastes incredibly good. Make an effort to do this daal, you shall be rewarded with many happy souls and unbelievably amount of smiles and praises :)

Serve with hot steamy rice, roti and plenty salad for dinner or enjoy it like a soup with good hearty crusty bread for lunch or light dinner. Greedy me I served both time :)

You will need :-
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 cup water ( if using pressure cooker ) otherwise 4 cup.
  • 2 tbsp. ginger
  • 2 cup fresh spinach leaves roughly chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 3/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2-3 tsp. oil
  • 1 dry red chilli ( optional )
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • Pinch of asafetida powder ( hing )
  • 2 tsp. cumin coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice ( vitamin C from lemon juice will help iron to be absorb in the body )
Method :-
Clean and wash the daal, place in the pressure cooker with ginger, salt and turmeric powder. ( to cook in a sauce pan see note below )
After 3 whistle , let the pressure cool down naturally.
Open the lid and transfer daal into another pan, add chopped tomatoes and fresh spinach.
Cook daal for 2-3 minutes, don't cook for long as spinach will loose it's nutritious value.
In a small pan prepare vaghar ( tempering ) by heating oil, add cumin seeds dry chilli and hing when they crackle add chilli and cumin powder and immediately add into the prepared daal.
Stir in lemon juice, serve hot.
Enjoy !

Note :- To cook in a saucepan : Wash lentils and soak for 1 hour or longer. (Dal can be cooked without soaking if you don’t have time. Soaking will help reduce the time it takes to cook the dal.) Drain the dal. In a medium saucepan add washed lentils, 4 cups water, ginger, turmeric, and salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the lentils are completely soft. Add the chopped tomatoes and spinach. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
In a small pan prepare vaghar ( tempering ) by heating oil, add cumin seeds, dry chilli and hing when they crackle add chilli and cumin powder and immediately add into the prepared daal.
Stir in lemon juice, serve hot.
Enjoy !

Posted around this time Last Year - Mint baby Potatoes in Creamy Spinach Gravy

Posted around this time two years back - Matar Dhokli

Posted around this time three years back - Cabbage & Carrot Paratha

Posted around this time four years back - Batata Poha

Happy Cooking :)
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  1. such a delicious healthy yummy it...

  2. I've never tried lentils with ginger before, but this sounds delicious! And those red lentils are gorgeous - the color is so vibrant!

  3. I can just tell this is going to taste insanely delicious!

  4. This sounds delicious and the perfect thing now the weather's getting a bit cooler!

  5. I need to remember this recipe for when I know I need and iron boost. Quick, easy and nutricious is always handy when I'm flagging.

  6. Having ginger as a main flavour in a daal is wonderful. Not overpowering, but subtle. Adds warmth. A delicious recipe, perfect for the on-coming autumn and winter months.

  7. Red lentil soup is one of my favorites! Love the addition of ginger and the color is fantastic. So warming and no doubt delicious.


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