Beet Greens Dal
Beet leaves is nutritious wonder green that you can never discard. It is rich in protein,zinc,iron and magnesium and vitamins like A,C and K. I love it as a thoran along with beetroot or mixing and spicing up with lentils.I simply adore this dish because it is simple yet tasty and healthy and can be served over rice.
Toor Dal- 3/4 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Green chilly- 4-5
salt to taste
Chopped Beet greens- 3 cups
Ghee- 1 tbs
Thinly sliced ginger- 1 inch thick
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Cumin seeeds-1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp (optional)
Dry red chilly-2
Wash and soak toor dal for about 3 hours. Pressure cook this along with tomatoes, shallots, green chilly,turmeric powder and chilly powder and salt. Cook this for ten minutes or three whistles. Once lentil is nicely cooked mash with a wooden spoon.
Slightly crush garlic and cumin and set aside.
Finely chop beet stems and beet leaves and keep them separate.
Heat one tsp oil in a pan and saute the beet stems for a minute, sprinkle a few drops of water and salt,cover and cook for a minute. Now add the beet greens and saute for a minute till it is soft. Add this to the cooked dal,mix and simmer for another minute.
Heat ghee in a pan and add mustard seeds and fennel seeds. When the splutter add red chilly,ginger and curry leaves and saute for a few seconds and add the crushed garlic and cumin. Fry till there is a nice aroma. Pour this over the dal.Serve over rice or with chapatis.
Hope you will all enjoy