Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Amaranth Dal

Ever since I saw this recipe at Indira's blog, I have been craving it. To my delight I found fresh Amaranth leaves yesterday at the Indian grocery store. Aah ! the dal was such a delight - the combination of the nutty Tur dal, creamy Amaranth leaves, tangy tomato and tamarind and the heat of the green chillies - my taste buds were ecstatic :) This easy and delightful recipe will now be a regular feature in our home. Thanks Indira :)
(Original recipe here)

1 cup Tur Dal
4 cups chopped Amaranth leaves and tender stalks
4 green chillies, finely chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 tsp tamarind concentrate
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 1/2 cups water
Salt to taste

For the Tadka
1/4 tsp each minced garlic, curry leaves, cumin seeds, mustard seeds
2 tsp ghee

In a pressure cooker, cook Tur dal + Amaranth leaves + green chillies + onion + tomato + tamarind + turmeric powder + salt with 2 1/2 cups water , for 2 whistles. Remove from heat and keep aside. When the dal cooker cools down, coarsely mash the dal.
In a small pan, heat ghee and add all the tadka ingredients. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the tadka to the Dal. Mix well and simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Serve hot with rice and a bowl of yogurt. Enjoy !!

This is my entry to the RCI Event : Andhra Pradesh, hosted this month by Latha @ Masala Magic.


DEEPA said...

wow ...yummy dal ..amaranth leaves ....really yummy it looks

bee said...

amaranth is such a delightful veggie, isn't it? you described it perfectly - 'creamy'.

Asha said...

Reading your description making me drool!:)) I don't get Amaranth here,wish I could grow some in Summer.I am not sure I get seeds here either.
Looks delicious,I love greens sambhar.

Roopa said...

looks delicious more of comfort food! nice entry too.

Coffee said...

I also don't get amarnath leaves here :( Your description of it is making me all the more tempting to try them!!! Lovely dal!

Vcuisine said...

Nice entry sangeeta. We don't get these leaves in Kuwait. Viji

Indira said...

Hi Sangeeta,

I am happy to read that you tried and found this recipe delightful. Thanks for your wonderful comment at my blog.

What a traditional entry for RCI:Andhra! I like amaranth dal.:)

Sia said...

never seen amarnath leaves here:( ur description of dal is tempting me a lot to try it. hope i do find a bunch of amarnath someday

Vini K said...

What a signature andhra dish for RCI!I got amaranth leaves only twice in the last two years of my stay in London..I just love it but no luck here!For now,I will just dream of it with your pictures.maybe when I go on vacation,I am going to eat loads of amaranth:)

Anonymous said...

ohhh wow...another great dal recipe...i am a dal junkie you know...~grin~...this looks so lovely....gotta try it...thanks for sharing...

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Tasty and a healthy recipe.Really good.Simple and nice.thanks for sharing

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hay this is looking very nice....Great pictures...Healthy one too..mmmmm

Asha said...

Sangeeta,just found out you are hosting JFI for July,right? What are we cooking? Need time to prepare!;D

Shivapriya said...

Yummy dal.You have a nice blog and yummy recipes Sangeeta.