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Muger Dal (Spinach in Moong Dal)

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1 cup yellow mung beans, picked, washed and drained
1 bunch paalak (fresh spinach), finely chopped
1 tsp. haldi (turmeric powder)
3 tbsp. ghee (clarified butter)
1 tej patta (bayleaf)
2 tsp. panch phoran mix (Bengali five spice mix)
4 sukhee laal mirchi (whole dried red chilies)
1 tsp. laal mirch (red chili powder)
1 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp. amchoor (mango powder)
salt to taste

  • In a heavy bottom saucepan, sauté the mung beans until a nice golden color. Now add 3 cups of water, the turmeric and the bay leaf. Bring the contents to a boil and simmer partially covered until the beans are soft. Feel free to add more water if needed.
  • Now throw in the chopped spinach and red chili powder, cook for another 10 minutes.
  • In a small frying pan, heat the ghee. When hot add the panch phoran and cook over a medium low flame until seeds splatter.
  • Now add the dried whole red chilies. Cook until they are a nice brown but not burnt. Quickly pour this tempered oil over the daal.
  • Take some of the daal in a small pudding bowl and mix the amchoor powder into it. Make sure to dissolve the powder in the daal before you add it back into the saucepan.
  • Add the garam masala and stir. Heat for another few minutes. Serve hot with rice, bread and vegetables of your choice.

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