“In Indian Food, we have wonderful recipes to make for every occasion. If you want to prepare something delicious for any festival, then there are creamy recipes like Dal Makhani, Paneer Makhani, and Butter Chicken which never disappoint us. But we cannot consume food rich in butter and cream every day. Often after eating such food, we feel like eating something comforting, healthy, and light. Healthy and light does not mean that the food is bland. Indian food also includes dishes which are tasty as well as healthy, and if you want, you can also give them a new twist as per your taste. One such wonderful recipe is Palak Toor Dal. Some of you may not like this recipe, but to make it appealing, dhaba-style tadka has been given, which completely changes its taste.
You all must have tasted Dhaba-style dishes many times while travelling on the highway, and we all are fans of these dishes. That’s why, we are going to do wonders in this simple recipe of Palak Dal and make it dhaba-style. This recipe of Palak Toor Dal is very nutritious, and you can prepare it for lunch or dinner. But before knowing its recipe, let us learn about some benefits of both palak and toovar dal.
Benefits of Spinach (Palak) and Toovar Dal
We all know that eating spinach is very beneficial for health, but adding pigeon pea to it increases its nutritional value even more. Both spinach and pigeon pea contain a good amount of fibre which helps in improving your digestion. Spinach is rich in many antioxidants, Vitamin E is also found in this dal, and this recipe of Palak dal also helps in increasing your immunity. From the recipe of Palak Dal, you also get calcium, protein, vitamins, and potassium which work to strengthen your bones and muscles. Now you must have understood how the combination of these two presents us with something delicious and wonderful. So, without any further delay, let us look at the delicious recipe for Palak Toor Dal.
How to Make Dhaba Style Palak Toovar Dal | Palak Toovar Dal Recipe:
To make this tasty and healthy dal, you will first have to wash the toor dal and cook it in a pressure cooker for 2 to 3 whistles. Wash the spinach, chop it finely and keep it aside. Now add two tablespoons of desi ghee in a pan and heat it. You can increase or decrease the quantity of ghee as per your convenience. First of all, add asafoetida, cumin seeds, and finely chopped onion in hot ghee and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Meanwhile, add finely chopped ginger to it and fry it well.
Add finely chopped tomatoes, sprinkle salt as per taste and cook till the tomatoes become soft. After roasting the tomatoes, add turmeric, red chilli, coriander powder, and garam masala and sauté it while mixing well. Now add finely chopped spinach to it, mix it with spices and cook for some time. Sprinkle some water, cover the lid and let the spinach cook for 2 to 3 minutes. After some time, remove the lid, add boiled lentils to it and mix it with spinach. Let both things cook for some time. If you want, you can add a little lemon juice here. This adds a tangy flavour to the dal. Garnish with green coriander and turn off the gas.
Traditional Indian Food: Magic Trick of Tadka:
Traditionally, many dal recipes are given a different kind of tadka to give it that extra zing and to make this palak toovar dal recipe even more flavourful. it is given a tadka of asafoetida, cumin seeds, whole red chillies, and garlic which adds to the flavour of this recipe. Dhaba-style palak dal will not only change the taste but also the colour of the toovar dal recipe. All you have to do is heat a tablespoon of desi ghee in a tadka pan, add garlic and whole chilli and let it turn golden, then add asafoetida, cumin and a little red chilli. Now pour this tempering on the prepared palak dal and cover the lid. After two minutes, a very nice colour will appear on your Indian Palak Dal recipe, seeing which you will not be able to stop yourself from eating it.
Try the nutritious and delicious dhaba-style palak toovar dal recipe and tell us in the comment how you liked it.