Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Swiss Chard Dal / Paruppu ~ Day 40

A simple, healthy and nutritious dal made with swiss chard.  Similar to Spinach in taste, swiss chard is low in calorie and loaded with tons of antioxidants and vitamins. If you want to know more about swiss chard, click here. 
Source: whfoods.com

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

  • Moong dal - 1/2 cup
  • Swiss Chard - 1 bunch (remove stems and center ribs, wash the leaves and chop finely)
  • Shallots - 2, thinly sliced
  • Ginger - 1 tbsp, chopped
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Dried red chillies - 3, broken
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp

  1. Pressure cook the moong dal with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder with enough water for 3 whistles.  
  2. In a saucepan, place the chopped swiss chard, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and add enough water to cover the greens.
  3. Cook the swiss chard until soft, about 7 to 8 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked, mashed moond dal and salt.  Mix well and cook over low heat.
  5. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet and splutter mustard seeds.  Add urad dal, red chillies and cumin seeds.  Fry until golden brown.
  6. Add the shallots, ginger and asafoetida.  Fry until shallots are soft.  Add it to the dal and stir.
  7. Serve hot with rice, roti, chapati, cooked millet or quinoa.

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