Dhal with spinach

    1 hour 10 minutes

    This dhal is made with yellow split peas and fresh spinach. We've also added three magic flavours—turmeric, fenugreek and garlic—into this spicy stew.

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    Serves: 6 

    • DHAL
    • 1 cup yellow split peas, sorted and rinsed
    • 3 cups water
    • ½ teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
    • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek (optional)
    • ¼ teaspoon chilli powder
    • 400-g can diced tomatoes (undrained)
    • 80 g baby spinach leaves
    • RAITA
    • 1 cup plain low-fat yoghurt
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. To make the dal: combine split peas, water and turmeric in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Partially cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until split peas are tender, 40 to 45 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 10 to 20 seconds. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, fenugreek, if using, and chilli. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 20 to 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes.
    3. When split peas are tender, stir them and any remaining cooking liquid into tomato mixture, along with the spinach. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to blend the flavours.
    4. To make the raita: mix the yoghurt, ground cumin and mint in a small bowl. Serve the dal with raita.
    5. Leftover dal will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a little additional water, if necessary.

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    Used different ingredients. Added a dollop or two of cream.  -  08 Mar 2011


    I added a bit of cream to it and it was a tasty meal. 3 kids under 4 ate it without complaint. I'll do it again!  -  08 Mar 2011