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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Spinach and Cranberry Dal - Palak Wali Dal

I'm sure after thanksgiving people kind of get a bit health conscious and try to get back to healthy eating. Not that there's anything wrong about enjoying a thanksgiving feast with all the pies and all the good stuff. We did too. So in case you are in your health conscious mindset this recipe is for you and for all of you as well who enjoy quick , healthy and easy recipes.

Also for the very first time went out shopping on Black Friday. Took my 7 year old son with me..We kind of made a list of things to buy and set the alarm for 2:00 in the morning as some of the stores were opening at 3:00 in the morning. I must say it was FUN and a must have experience at least once in your lifetime. Got some pretty good deals. Most of all we went as I really wanted to check out what it was all about..And mind you even at 2:30 in the morning there were thousands of people standing in queues. My DH and 3 year old stayed home. I'm not sure though I want to do this again next year...

Ingredients :
  • 1 cup moong dal/moong lentil
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies slit
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch of hing
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin - cilantro powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil
Preparation :
  • Wash moong dal and pressure cook in about 3-4 cups of water with ginger, salt and turmeric till cooked.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds. When they splutter add hing. Now add the finely chopped garlic. Fry for about a minute. Add the tomatoes and green chillies. Fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add the cranberries. Fry for about a minute. Add the red chili powder and cumin-cilantro powder. Mix it well.
  • Now add the washed and chopped spinach. Mix it well. Let it cook for about 3-4 minutes on medium heat. The spinach will reduce in volume.
  • Next add the cooked dal. Mix well. Adjust the salt. If you think the dal is too thick add a cup of water. Bring it to boil. Thats it. Your Spinach and Cranberry Dal is ready to serve.
  • This dal can be served with rice or any Indian bread of your choice. Can also be served as soup with some garlic bread. Thats how my 3 year old likes it.
  • This recipe serves 4.


  1. Wow! very unique Dolly. Sounds easy too.

  2. Even I make this palak daal...well I would really appreciate to get an entry from your blog to the Healing Food Event - Brocolli . Find details about this on my blog

  3. nice way of cooking spinach with cranberries love it

  4. Adding cranberries to dal is innovative! Will try out soon :-)

  5. Very comforting dal, adding cranberries to dal sounds very interesting..

  6. adding berries very brave..i m sure i would love to have that bowl myself...bookmarking it..

  7. loved the combo..looks really yummy n comfortable food..

  8. I love dal prepared with any dals... With a combo like palak, it is DIVINE!!!!


  9. Very healthy but loved the ingredients used to make it more delicious..

  10. Thanks everybody and I'm so glad you liked this recipe. In fact the tartness of cranberries work very well with dal and spinach. I was pleasantly surprised too.

    @Sayali - I will definately check out your healing food event..I do have some recipes for Broccoli.

    @Jagruti- Try out this recipe and You could be Brave TOO...lol. Kidding aside..you will like it.

  11. Very healthy and delicious dal ......