Palak Chana Dal

Palak Chana Dal

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A maharashtrian delight, tweaked to boost the health value! while palak adds vitamin a to this dish, chana dal adds nutrients like calcium, iron, folic acid, zinc and fibre. Ensure that you do not overcook chana dal, as it should be separate and not mashed.

Palak Chana Dal recipe - How to make Palak Chana Dal

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Ingredients
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  1. Combine the chana dal, salt, turmeric powder and ¾ cup of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  3. Heat a deep non-stick pan on a medium flame and when hot, add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida and dry roast for about 30 seconds or till the mustard seeds crackle.
  4. Lower the flame, add the green chilli and onions and dry roast till they turn light brown in colour. Sprinkle a little water if the onions start burning.
  5. Add the spinach and dry roast for 1 to 2 more minutes while stirring continuously.
  6. Add the cooked dal, jaggery, chilli powder and little salt and mix well.
  7. Add ½ cup of water, mix well and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. Serve hot
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy141 cal
Protein6.8 g
Carbohydrates24.3 g
Fiber5.2 g
Fat1.8 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium37.2 mg
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Method for palak chana dal

  1. To prepare palak chana dal, firstly pick and clean chana dal.
  2. Wash it very well using running water.
  3. Add the chana dal in a deep bowl with enough water.
  4. Cover it with a lid and keep aside to soak for ½  hour.
  5. After hour, drain the chana dal using a strainer.
  6. Transfer the soaked and drained chana dal to a pressure cooker.
  7. Add salt and turmeric powder.
  8. Add ¾ cup of water and mix well.
  9. Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles or until the chana dal is perfectly cooked. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  10. To make chana palak dal, heat a deep non-stick pan on a medium flame and when hot, add the mustard seeds. This being a zero oil, low-cholesterol recipe we are not using any oil for tempering.
  11. Add curry leaves.
  12. Add asafoetida and dry roast for about 30 seconds or till the mustard seeds crackle.
  13. Lower the flame, add the green chilli.
  14. Add onions.
  15. Dry roast till they turn light brown in colour. Sprinkle a little water if the onions stick the pan and start burning. Since we are not using oil, the onions may require a little extra time to cook. It took us about 3 minutes on medium flame.
  16. Add the spinach. Both chana dal and palak are rich in vitamin A and protein. Palak is a rich source of iron, fibre and antioxidants.
  17. Dry roast for 1 to 2 more minutes while stirring continuously.
  18. Add the cooked dal.
  19. Add jaggery. You can skip adding jaggery if you like.
  20. Add chilli powder.
  21. Add a little salt and mix well. Spinach is a bit salty and we have added salt while boiling the dal so, be cautious while adding salt at this stage.
  22. Add ½ cup of water.
  23. Mix well and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  24. Serve palak chana dal hot with rotis or parathas of your choice. 

Reviews

Palak Chana Dal
 on 19 Oct 12 10:18 AM
5

A quick and healthy treat sure to be loved by all age groups.
Palak Chana Dal
 on 18 Oct 12 04:37 PM
5

Great combo of chana dal and palak to make a healthy dal recipe. Love the taste of cooked chana dal.
Palak Chana Dal
 on 29 Oct 10 03:53 PM
4

amazing! i did not know dal can be made without oil...what a recipe, even without a single drop of oil it tastes great! a must try recipe!