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Friday, February 12, 2010

Menthi Kura Aaku Pappu/Fenugreek Leaves in Dhal

My lil brother goes ga ga about dhal cooked with spinach, be it any kind, Mom makes Menthi Kura Aaku Pappu often atleast for him, he never complains even if served with this dhal 3 times a day. Ever since he started cooking by himself he has inherited all of Mom's receipes. When he was with me last year, during his fall vacation, I took all advantage of letting him cook and I just had to sit back and relish all those wonderful delicacies he had made; he's absolutely a wonderful cook I totally admit... I know it was so mean of me but that was not the end I let him clean and organize my kitchen, phew what a sister am I??? Wait wait, and thats how I learnt my Mom's Menthi Kura Aaku pappu recipes from him, see all for good and good for all (his dialogue he he he). I made this dhal today and we licked our plates clean and had just nothing left after lunch time, credit goes to him and only him.



Ingredients:

Thuvar Dhal - 1 cup
Fenugreek Leaves/Menthi Kura Aaku - 1/2 bunch (2 cups)
Red Onion - 1 small
Garlic Cloves - 3 nos.
Green Chillies - 5 nos.
Tomato - 1 medium
Tamarind - small lime size (if the tomato is not sour then increase the size)
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tbsp
Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Asafoetida - a dash
Sesame Oil - 1 tbsp
Water as needed
Sea Salt to taste

For Tempering:

Sesame Oil - 1 tbsp
Garlic Cloves - 2 nos. (crushed)
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - few
Asafoetida - a dash
Red Chillies - 2 nos. (broken)

Garnishing:

Coriander Leaves



Method:

1. Wash Thuvar Dhal, pick Fenugreek Leaves and wash them a couple of times. Peel and slice Onions, chop the Tomatoes, slit Green Chillies lengthwise and extract Tamarind Juice.
2. In a presuure cooker heat Oil add the Onion, Garlic and Green Chillies cook for 2 mins, then drop the Tomatoes and mix them well.
3. Add the washed Thuvar Dhal, Asafoetida and Red Chilly Powder (optional) cook for a min or two. Pour 3 cups of Water and the Tamarind Extract then goes the Fenugreek Leaves close the presure cooker and cook until the Dhal is done or upto 4-5 whistles.
4. After the presure is released open the cooker adjust Salt use a wooden masher and mix the dhal well, then do the tempering.
5. Garnish with Coriander Leaves.

Serve with: Steaming Rice and Ghee or Roti

Am sending this to Yasmeen's - Bitter Better Health

69 comments:

Madhu said...

Love the combo of dal and greens.. looks so good.

Panchpakwan said...

Lovely dal..nice click too

Asha said...

Make him work, after all you are his sis who graciously letting him stay and he gets to enjoy his vacation at your place! ;D

Spinach is a fave greens here at home too, kids love the Spinach dal. Mehti dal looks yum, great to dip with Parathas too.

Have a great V day, enjoy.

SE said...

this sure looks so tempting...yummy..hey do send this to CWS-fenugreek seeds as u used them for tempering !!

Neetz said...

Looks perfect :)...

Plz do collect your awards from my blog :)..Happy Valentines day!!!

Jagruti said...

Looks perfect daal..really good combo..love the pics..fasting today, gone a make tomorrow...

AdukalaVishesham said...

looks delicious.... We usually try to dress up simple dal curry by adding any greens which are available in our fridge.... this recipe looks really good and little bit of family history makes it more perfect...

Vrinda said...

Nice combo..lokks really delish with bright color....

Swathi said...

Ramya,

Dal and fenugreek leaves are absoultely healthy , i can eat anytime with rice or chapathi . This make me get fenugreek leaves

Priya said...

Woww fantastic pappu, love anything with fenugreek leaves and this pappu tempts me a lot..

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Very tempting....

Devi said...

Wooow yummmy!!.. looks great and totally healthy tooo!.. nice:).. thank you for the recipe!!

Preeti Kashyap said...

I make a similar dal...looks yummy!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Looks great and tempting Ramya:)

ARUNA said...

Mouth watering Pappu Ramya!

Rachana Kothari said...

Daal with fenugreeek is a very yummy combination!

simply.food said...

Looks delicious and healthy too.

Mangala Bhat said...

Mouthwatering ...recipe ..My fav too!

Gita said...

Thatz so nice of your brother...I wish my sis does that for me...its always the other way round :( Love the color of this dhal...looks very tasty and tempting :)

Deepti said...

Thats a Lovely & healthy Combo Ramya...Valentine's Day Wishes 2 U ..Njoy

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks very yum...
love the color too...

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Methi dal looks delicious, i love the excellent combo!!!

Fathima said...

Yummy dal... Great clicks!

Parita said...

I wish my bro was a good cook, frankly he hardly can find his way in kitchen :) i love methi leaves in dal, very tasty and healhty!

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious healthy dal...nice photo

jayasree said...

I too make methi dal but not in this one pot style. I liked this all in the cooker method and that gives a creamy texture to the dal.

Sowmya said...

nice combo...looks delicious n healthy too

Sashi said...

Healthy Combo ramya, even I have enjoyed days like those with mybrother making him to cook, sit and eat, lovely were those days!!!

Tina said...

Nice combination...Looks healthy and delicious...

Anjum said...

Yummy and healthy too! Good work.

Sushma Mallya said...

Healthy one,but yet a nice one too...

Aruna Manikandan said...

Dal looks lovely dear!!!
Wonderful presentation

I too have a methi dal to post :-)

SriLekha said...

nice combo! a healthy dish!

shanthi said...

Perfect combo and simple

Smita Srivastava said...

Hi Ramya,

Thanks for dropping by n putting in such lovely comments.
Must appreciate ur colorful lovely blog , the recipes sound yummy . Great to c so many awards too ....

Regards
Smita @ Little Food Junction

Aparna said...

Dear collect ur awards from http://ladiesspecialadukkala.blogspot.com/. never tried this curry..thanks for sharing.Happy Valentines Day.Njoy!!!!!!11111

Cham said...

He should be proud of his talent and even sist cleaned the plate! I love this combo too :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Never tried this combination so far,looks tempting!

Ruchikacooks said...

I add spinach sometimes but methi not yet coz its bitter. But if its better for health why not?

Happy V's day Ramya

www.ruchikacooks.com

Sush said...

After a long time, I am visiting your space Ramya. You have published so many recipes, will catch up soon. This dal is bookmarked & will be tried soon.
Nice to know that your brother cooked for you, wish my brother or hubby did that atleast once for me :p

Preety said...

Happy valentines Day

Archana Vivek said...

Interesting Ramya. Nice one. Your new look of the blog looks good too

Rashmi said...

Hi Ramya,

This is the 1st time am visiting your blog and would like to tell u that u have a lovely collection of recipes and presentation too!
This dal is my all time fav and missing it soooooo much here as we dont get methi leaves here :(

Rashmi

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Looks so yummy and mouth-watering Ramya

Pavithra said...

Mmmm i too love this combination and I too make the same method with menthi aaku, palak kura and with Drumstick leaves too... Mmmm Missing this drumstick leaves here. Nice brother .... ur write up making me homesick and i wish if someone could come home and cook for me ....

Supriya Nair said...

The methi dal looks so lovely Ramya...love the method...Thanks for dropping by my blog and posting a lovely comment :)

Akal's Saappadu said...

the dhal looks divine indeed!!! that's so sweet learning your mom's recipe from your brother, hihhihi!! lovely!!!

priya said...

hi dear,

There is an award waiting for u in my blog. Please accept it!!

Babli said...

What a lovely combination. Dhal looks colourful, yummy and delicious.

Madhavi said...

Hey greattt combo, delicious entry!!

FoodLovers said...

nice dal ..yummy dear

Shri said...

I love, love dal with Methi leaves..It looks delicious!

Anisheetu said...

yummy dal and a nice click....

Laavanya said...

I bought a bunch of methi Lvs yday - can't wait to try this. Looks really good.

Muraligeetham said...

dal looks so delicious! lovely blog you have !

Suparna said...

seems a yummy kinda dal :) never used methi this way, must be an authentic Andhra dish, shall try it sometime.
TC

Nisha said...

Thanks for dropping by Ramya. You have a lovely space. Loved reading your recipes. Will be back for more

Renu said...

very colorful and healthy daal...nice clicks

anusouthrecipes.blogspot.com said...

wow nice combo dear.. looks yummy... Nice click..

Gulmohar said...

Awesome combo..kudos to your bro n mom for this wonderful recipe :-)

Sarah Naveen said...

That looks so mouthwatering dea..!!

Malar said...

wow really lovely one dear..this is my fav

DEESHA said...

I love methi dal .. looks yumm

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

simple and comforting dal. and yummy too :)

suvaiyaana suvai said...

looks good!

AnuSriram said...

Thats a nice combination of dhal and greens.. Comforting and delicious!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Sounds interesting!

Malar Gandhi said...

Very comforting dish...a spoon of ghee and plain steamed rice, I will be content.

jayasri said...

Menthi Kura Aaku pappu, Looks very delicious dear, I started making pappus with all kind of vegetables and leaves!! because of my friend, who is from andhra, she says I do it really well, My hubby thinks she making pappu has the andhra taste in it!!. Love Andhra food and of course the pappu

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