Winter! I absolutely love this time of the year. Probably not as much for the festive season as for the array of winter vegetables that I see each time I visit the markets. I find fruit and vegetable shops most visually appealing at this time. Summer can be quite depressing as you only mostly see varying shades of green and not the red, yellow, orange, purple and green that you see in winter.
I buy fenugreek leaves and fresh spinach every week and use them in several ways. Some conventional, some very unconventional. One evening, I was pressed for time as I got home almost an hour later than usual and I made this dal to go with rotis. Simple as it was, we were licking our fingers at the end of the meal.
1/2 cup Masoor Dal, pressure cooked with 1.5 cups of water
1/2 cup Fenugreek leaves, chopped
1/2 cup Spinach leaves, chopped
1 tbsp Ghee/Oil
1 Red Chilli
1 tsp Green Chilli Paste
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Asafoetida
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
Salt to taste
Heat the ghee/oil in a vessel. Add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. When the cumin crackles, add the red chilli, onion, ginger-garlic paste, green chilli paste, turmeric, chilli powder and salt. Fry for a couple of minutes. Add the fenugreek and spinach leaves and fry for about 4-5 minutes. Add the cooked dal and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer for a few minutes and serve hot.