Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Chickpea Dal with Spinach



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Chickpea Dal with Spinach
A delicious protein packed dal, spiced with ginger and garlic and aromatic spices.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Chickpea Dal (Split chickpeas)
  • 200g Baby Spinach finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 5 Curry Leaves
  • 1 Dried red chilli
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Passata( sieved tomatoes)
Instructions
1. Wash the dal in few changes of water and then soak it over night.2. In the morning change the water and add dal to a large pan with 1 litre water and bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer the dal for 30 minutes until its cooked but still holding shape. Intermittently while dal is simmering remove the white frothy scum that collects and discard it.Once dal is cooked turn off heat and leave it aside.2.Add the oil in a sauce pan and wait for it to heat up. Add the mustard seeds and red dried chilli and wait for them to splutter.3. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for a few seconds then add the passata, followed by the salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder and cook the mixture for a minute until all the spices are blended into the tomatoes.3.Add the chopped spinach and sauté until its cooked for about 2-3 minutes.4. Add the cooked dal and add a little extra water if needed to get the required consistency.I prefer my dal thick so I add less water.5. Simmer the dal for 5 minutes with the spinach mixture to allow all the spices to blend in.6. Turn off heat and transfer dal to serving bowl. Serve with steamed rice or chappati.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 2


NB- Chickpea dal is basically black chickpeas that have had the outer coating removed and then split. It is readily available in the Asian section of most supermarkets, health food stores and Indian grocery shops. The packet will have on it chana dal.

46 comments:

  1. totally bookmarking this to cook, I love spinach, I love chickpeas, perfect, thank you!

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  2. This looks really tasty. Not something I would have tried normally but I will need to now!

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  3. This looks like something I would love! What would you suggest instead of curry leaves? They aren't really available in shops in my area!

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    1. You can leave the curry leaves out, the difference in flavour is very subtle.

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  4. Delicious! This looks ideal for winter and I will be trying it very soon.

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  5. Yum, this looks delicious, I've made lentil dahl quite a few times but never chickpea, I must try it. Mich x

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  6. Yum! Yes please! I absolutely love chick peas and this sounds so easy. Perfect.

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  7. I haven't come across split chick peas.. can be made with chana dal too isn't it. Looks so yummy.

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  8. This sounds delish and super easy and quick to do, I'm always on the look out for veggie options for dinner.

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  9. It's been so long since I made chickpea dahl. This looks so yummy!

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  10. I have not had chickpeas for years - must give this a go

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  11. Dal is one of my all time favourites Nayna, but I haven't had chickpea dal in a very long time. This looks gorgeous indeed.

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  12. I've never tried chickpeas! This sounds like a great recipe though!

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  13. This looks nice and warming, perfect for this wind and rain we've got here in the West Midlands today.

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  14. Was just about to enquire about the split chick peas so thanks for popping it in the end! Sounds like a great recipe and I love the gold spoon as a prop X

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  15. My mum makes this quite often but I've never got round to trying it as apart from humous I'm not a huge chickpea fan x

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  16. This sounds so delicious! Am pinning so I can give it a go!

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  17. This is one of our favourite curries to make, as it's just so easy to put together.

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  18. That does look nice. I love a nice dahl and chick peas are my favourite pulses.

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  19. Just the sort of thing I would love to eat right now.

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  20. Delicious, I'm going to save this and make sure I try it out!

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  21. I love chickpeas and I love spinach and I love dal - this is one I have to make!

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  22. This is an interesting dish. I love chickpea meals and would like to try this out!

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  23. I love Dals of all variety.

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  24. Oh my word. This is one of my favorites. I need to make this again soon and try your receipe

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  25. I love chickpeas and I love spinach and I love a good dal - so this is one I need to try x

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  26. I am totally making this next week, hubby will be away and this sounds like the perfectly nutritious and easy to make recipe to make when solo parenting!xx

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  27. oh this looks and sounds amazing I may have to it out myself

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  28. This looks delicious! I went Vegan for Veganuary in Jan and am now easing back into it so I'm definitely bookmarking this x

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  29. I think I'd like this a lot. I do love chickpeas and those spices sound great.

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  30. dal is delicious.. I cook dal almost everyday.. the bowl reminds my childhood,when my dad used to buy rasgullas in earthen pots looks exactly same the bowl, without decorations.. :)

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  31. Mm it's been ages since I've made something like this - I ought to make your recipe soon! Gorgeous!

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  32. This looks so nice. I bet it tastes good.

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  33. I love daal but I'd never thought to try make it myself! I'm trying to cook more exotic things so will bear this in mind :)

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  34. This sounds so yummy, I love chickpea dal and spinach.

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  35. I have never tried chickpeas. I really need to broaden my horizons. This looks interesting.

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  36. This looks and sounds delicious. The only time I eat chickpeas are in hummus so I would love to give this a try

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  37. This Sounds Yummy. Its my kind of food :D

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  38. That looks so delicious, I love things like this so will definitely be giving it a try. Thanks

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  39. You have managed to make it look very appealing, I might need to be more adventurous in the kitchen! x

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  40. I have always wanted to know how to make this and now I will defo be giving it a go as it is so delicious x

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  41. LOVE this recipe, I've got some chickpeas in the cupboard I need to get using so I'm on it XXX

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  42. This sounds heavenly! I *must* try this thank you

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  43. Chick peas are so good and healthy - must use them more often!

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  44. Oh my goodness this looks and sounds amazing! I've not cooked with chick peas before so I should have a stab at this, hopefully it will look as good as yours!

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