Simple beet greens dal

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Total Time:
30-45 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Boil Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 1 cup - Moong dal/Green moong beans, skinned and split
  • 1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
  • 1 - medium-large Onion, chopped
  • 2 - medium-large Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 inch - Ginger, peeled and chopped finely
  • Beet Greens from beet bunch of 6
  • 1 tsp - Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp - Urad Dal (black gram, skinned and split)
  • 1-2 - green chillies, as per taste
  • Lemon juice (fresh) to taste
  • Salt to taste

How to Make Simple beet greens dal

  • Dry roast the moong dal on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until aromatic and lightly reddish.
  • Pressure cook for about 3 whistles with 3 cups of water along with turmeric powder. It takes around 10-12 minutes.
  • While that's cooking, prepare the beet greens.
  • Chop off the tops from the beets.
  • Give the leaves a good rinse with cold water.
  • Break off (or cut with a knife) the hard stems from the leaves.
  • If the beets are fresh and young, the stems will be tender and you can use them in your cooking.
  • Chop them finely and chop the greens coarsely.
  • Now wash these greens once again in water. Drain.
  • Meanwhile in a pan, heat 2 tsp of oil (or ghee or a mix of both) and then add mustard.
  • Once it starts popping, add the black gram. When it turns brown, add the chopped onions.
  • Give it a quick stir for 1 minute and then add the tomatoes and chillies.
  • Add salt and cook until it's soft.
  • Add the chopped greens.
  • In about 2 minutes, the leaves will wilt.
  • Reduce the heat to low.
  • Take the cooked dal from the pressure cooker and add it to the greens.
  • Mix until combined.
  • You can add another cup of water to this or as required for your preferred consistency.
  • The dal takes on a beautiful pink colour thanks to the beet greens.
  • Squeeze fresh lemons towards the end for taste and to aid the absorption of iron.
  • Serve warm with roti, parathas or steamed rice.
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