Sunday, 5 August 2007

Spinach Dhal (SIMP in it)

My mom used to prepare greens at least once in a week. She picks up different varieties and makes each one in a different way. Each one has its unique taste. A lady used to deliver us greens freshly brought from a village nearby. The only difficulty is the cleaning process.

Though not weekly, I prepare Spinach at least once in month. It is everyone's favourite at home. I prefer to have the organic baby spinach. (Not much of cleaning work)

For a change I added Sprouted Moong and Viji's SIMP powder along with other usual Ingredients. It came out very well and tasted more delicious than usual. I was it because of Sprouted Moong or Viji's SIMP ? I didn't want to conclude anything with this, so I prepared the same Spinach Dhal other time without Sprouted Moong and the result....more-delicious-than-usual again.

Thanks to Viji. I wanted to share this with you all and here it is.

Spinach - 1 Bunch (or 2)
Onion - 2 Nos (Large)
Tomato - 2 Nos (Large)
Green Chilli - 4 Nos
Toor Dhal - 1 Cup
Red chilli powder - 2 Tsp
Milk - 4 Tsp (Coconut milk preferred)
Viji's SIMP - 3 Tsp
Sprouted Moong - 5 Tsp (Optional)
Turmeric powder - A pinch.
Salt - As required
Oil - 2 Tsp

To Garnish
Mustard Seeds - 1 Tsp
Curry Leaves - Few
Red Chilli - 2


  1. Clean spinach and chop nicely.
  2. Chop onion, tomato and green chilli.
  3. Cook the dhal with a pinch of Turmeric.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, fry onion and green chilli for sometime.
  5. Add the spinach, add some water and allow it to cook. (Do not close the lid. Add sprouted moong at this stage if you need)
  6. Once it is half cooked, add tomato and cook for some more time.
  7. Add the cooked dhal, red chilli powder, Viji's SIMP and salt.
  8. Adjust water accordingly and cook till the raw smell of red chilli powder disappears.
  9. Switch off the stove and add milk.
  10. Temper with Mustard, Curry leaves and Red chilli whole.

You can have it with rice or as a side dish to Chapati.

Nutritional Fact:

  • Spinach - Rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C
  • Toor Dhal - Rich in protein, starch, fiber, iron, calcium and minerals.


Asha said...

Mouthwatering dal!! I LOVE SIMP powder,made many dishes too!:)

sra said...

I love the look of the baby spinach, it looks so nice and fresh!

Laavanya said...

One more proof that Viji's SIMP is wonderful. I must make it soon! Your dhal looks good.

Roopa said...

looks delicious! i need to try this SIMP sometime too!

Vcuisine said...

Thanks for trying SeeC, you will like it with all veggies and rice dishes. I am happy that you prepared and using it. The dhal looks great. Don't you feel it saves lot of time. Viji

SeeC said...

Thanks Asha. Even I have started trying dishes with SIMP.

Yes Sra, very fresh.

Thanks Laavanya. Try making it. It is very handy.

Thanks Roopa. Give it a try. It is really tasty and handy.

Thanks Viji. Thanks for the SIMP too. It definitely saves a lot of time.

Cinnamon said...

Looks very delicious.. even I shud try using SIMP sometimes :)

Latha said...

It Has been raining for a few days and it is cold here in Bangalore.
I wish I could take out the hot dal from the computer and have it.

My father always said the dish looks good, then it tastes good too. The colour is so tempting mm...I must cook this soon.

TBC said...

Dhal looks good. I would have made SIMP had I not been so lazy:-(

Sharmi said...

great and healthy dal. I have a big list of recipes to make from Viji's blog. dont know when I will find time.

SeeC said...

Thanks Cinnamon. You should definitely try it.

Thanks Latha for your kind words.
Very encouraging though.

Thanks TBC. It is really worth trying it.
It may take sometime to prepare the powder, but it saves a lot of time in cooking.

Thanks Sharmi. Even I too have a list...trying out one-by-one.

Prema Sundar said...

got to try simp sometime.. looks yummm.

Coffee said...

YES!! I have made SIMP as well! Loved your version of dal! This should be a sure try!!

SeeC said...

Thanks Prema. Do try it.

Thanks Coffee. Give it a try and let me know how it turned.

Poonam said...

Its been so long since I made someting like this! Delicious!

Lia said...

hi am new in your blog, i was enjoying indian dish also especially palak daal :)

SeeC said...

Thanks Poonam.

Thanks for stopping by Lia.
It is nice to know that you enjoy Indian dishes.

Suma Gandlur said...

I bet that one is delicious. I love greens too.

Kajal said...

I also try this Spinach Dhal and SIMP masala from Viji blog. This is really very nice taste when we add SIMP masala in it. Dhal looks very yummy.:)

SeeC said...

Thanks Suma.

Thanks Kajal. Do try it when you have time.

patu said...

such a wonderful receipe out of all.just cant wait to taste this.
i love spinach

SeeC said...

Thanks Patu.