Saturday, 1 May 2010

Aakura Pappu / Parupu Keera

Doctors suggest us to have greens atleast 4-5 times a week. So some days I cook the greens with dal and on few days when I don't prepare sambar or any other dish without dal, I prepare the greens with dal. So here's one of those recipes greens with dal. Here I have used spinach. You can substitute spinach with any greens of your choice.


Spinach - 1 cup washed and finely chopped
Onion - 1 big onion, finely chopped
Tomato - 1, finely chopped
Garlic - 3-4 pods (optional)
Green Chilli - 2 chopped
Cooked Tur Dal - 1/2 cup
Tamarind Paste - 1 tsp
Red Chilli powder - to taste
Salt - to taste
Turmeric - a pinch
Dhania powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp

To Temper
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Red Chilli - 1
Hing - a pinch
Oil - 2 tbsp

1. In a saucepan, add the oil. Once it heats up, add all the ingredients to temper.
2. Once the seasoning is done, add onions, green chilli, little salt and saute till translucent.
3. Add tomatoes, garlic and saute well.
4. When done, add cumin powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder, turmeric and mix well.
5. Add the greens at this stage and give a quick stir.
6. Add enough water and cook till the greens are half done. You can add the rest of the salt as per taste at this stage.
7. Add the tamarind paste, cooked dal. Allow the greens to cook completely. Dal is ready to serve.

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