Sunday, September 28, 2008

Spinach-Lentil Curry, Ringan Bataka nu shaak, Gajar-Tamatyachi koshimbir

by Priyanka posted at 10:11 AM 12 comments

A wholesome home-cooked meal is the most satisfying thing in the world. Due to my hectic schedule, i have been cooking one-pot meals over the past week. But it also left me longing for the full-square meal. That prompted me into cooking the entire course this weekend. I decided to try something different than the usual dal that we usually eat. Hence-the spinach lentil curry. The ringan bataka nu shaak- (eggplant-potato sabzi) is the usual gujarati fare and the carrot-tomato koshimbir is the equivalent of a marathi salad. The gajar tamatyachi koshimbir has earned my mom quite a many fans- even those who dislike carrots wil love this dish. And in all - a healthy vegetarian meal that provides you with all the nutrients required-carbs, proteins and fats.

Spinach-Lentil Curry

1/2 cup toor dal
1/2 cup masoor dal
3 cups spinach-chopped
1 small tomato-chopped
1 garlic clove-finely chopped
2 green chilies-chopped
1 tsp cumin-coriander powder
1/2 tsp gujarati dal shaak no masalo (or garam masala)
salt to taste
2 tbsp jaggery
2 kokum pieces

For tempering
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/3 tsp turmeric
1/4th tsp asafoetida
1/3 tsp chili powder

1. Wash and soak the toor dal and masoor dal for atleast half an hour.
2. Boil them in a pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles.
3. Heat oil, add the mustard and cumin seeds and when they pop, add the turmeric, asafoetida and the chili powder.
4. Next add the chopped garlic and green chilies and saute for 1-2 minutes.
5. Next add the spinach and saute it for 4-5 minutes.
6. Add the boiled toor and masoor dal, add1/2 a cup water (more or less required as per consistency/your liking) and let boil for 10 minutes.
7. Add the salt, cumin-coriander powder, kokum,tomatoes and dal-shaak no masalo and let boil for 10 more minutes.
8. Finally add the jaggery, boil for 10 minutes and serve hot with rice or chapatis.

Variation: Substitute with various lentils and greens

Ringan bataku nu shaak (Eggplant potato sabzi)

3 slender long eggplants- chopped
2 small potatoes-chopped
1 tsp cumin coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1 tbsp jaggery
2 tsp coriander

For tempering
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/3tsp turmeric powder
1/4th tsp asafeotida
1/3 tsp chili powder
2 green chilies chopped

1. Heat oil, add the mustard seeds and when they pop, add the turmeric, asafoetida, chili powder and green chlies.
2. Saute for a minute and add the potatoes and eggplant, add 1/2 cup water and cover and let cook for 10 minutes.
3. Keep stirring every 8-10 minutes and adding water as per needed.
4. Add salt, cumin-coriander powder and garam masala when the eggplants and potatoes are almost cooked.
5. Let cook for 10 more minutes and add jaggery, saute and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Serve with rotis garnished with coriander

Gajar-tamatyachi koshimbir (Carrot-Tomato salad-marathi style)

1 small carrot- grated
1 tomato-chopped
salt to taste
sugar to taste
1/4th tsp chili powder

For tempering
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric
a pinch of asafoetida
1 small green chili-chopped
5-7 curry leaves

1. Add salt, sugar and chili powder to the grated carrot-tomato mixture.
2. Heat oil, add the cumin seeds and when they turn slightly brown add the turmeric, asafoetida, green chili and curry leaves and pour this mixture over the carrot-tomato mixture.
3. Mix well and serve as a side dish.

Comments 12 comments
sra said...

Like the looks of the potato and koshimbir! Notice the addition of the jaggery - I usually use it with some tamarind-based gravies.

srikars kitchen said...

frist time here..u have a wonderful blog.. really fantastic & Innovative..
all dishes are excellant & yummy..
added u in my blogroll..

Sangeeth said...

lovely curry..I am seeing lots of spinach recipe today...spinach day for me :)

Usha said...

Everything here looks delicious :)

Uma said...

wow, the dal, the curry and the koshimbir all look simply delicious.

Richa said...

slurrrrrrrrrrp! kaay jabardast thali ahey! lovely dishes, just feel like sitting down to eat right now, thanks for the visual treat, Priyanka :)

G.Pavani said...

first time to ur blog,thali is superaab...

Sia said...

i am self inviting to ur home next time when u make this thali :)

Dershana said...

Lovely wholesome platter!

DEESHA said...

lovely spread ... very inviting the thali looks

Curry Leaf said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Priyanka.Nice spread you have here with spinach,aloo&eggplant and salad.

Uj said...

Thali looks amazing.. Nothing like home cooked meal:)

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