Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Whole Green Lentils and Kale Kootu

Its been the most incredibly busy week. Its also been some time since my last post and I have been trying to get this recipe out on the blog for the last 4 days!! Anyway, I guess its better late than never. This is a deliciously nutritious recipe for whole green lentils with kale. You can enjoy this quite simply in a soup form or with rice.

1 cup whole green lentils
1 cup frozen kale
Salt to taste
Pinch haldi (turmeric powder)

Grind to a Paste:
3 tbsp coconut
1 tsp urad dal (split black gram dal)
1/2 tsp saboot kali mirch (black peppercorns)
1/2 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
4-5 saboot lal mirch (dried red chilies)

To Temper:
1/2 tsp rai (mustard seeds)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/8 tsp hing (asafoetida)
5-6 kari patta (curry leaves)
1 tbsp oil

  1. Wash the green peas, set aside.
  2. Wash the green lentils in plenty of water. Soak for at least 6 hours.
  3. Place in a pressure cooker with a pinch of turmeric and 11/2 cups water and cook for 3 whistles.
  4. Turn of the heat and allow the pressure to drop on it own.
  5. In a frying pan, dry roast the urad dal, black peppercorns, cumin seeds, and red chilies. 
  6. When the urad dal becomes pink and plump, add the coconut, give a stir, and then turn of the heat.
  7. Keep stirring the mix for a couple of minutes as the heat will continue to roast the coconut.
  8. Allow this roasted mix to cool completely. The grind to a fine paste using just enough water to bring all the ingredients together.
  9. In a large saucepan, add oil. Heat, then add the mustard seeds, when they begin to pop, add the cumin, hing, and the curry leaves. 
  10. Add the peas, stir and fry for a minute, then add a cup of water and allow the whole to simmer.
  11. Add the cooked green lentils along with the spice paste and a cup of water.
  12. Stir well, bring to a boil, and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes or until the dal begins to thicken.
  13. Enjoy hot with rice.
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  1. Wow, we make a simple dal with green lentils, with kale kootu looks beautiful and comforting.

  2. simple & delicious dish...love the addition of kale,v creative...

  3. Looks healthy and comforting Apu :-)

  4. found ur blog when browsing must say u have a nice blog :)
    And I liked reading many of the recipes :)
    This one is easy and addition of kale is interesting!

  5. Love it! that looks fabulous.. have not cooked with these lentils before.

  6. Nice combo. Never tasted kale till now. wud like to taste this gravy to feel how the kale is...

  7. I wish! I can a bowl of this delicious soup right now. Your blog is nice Do you mind follow each other. I;m more than happy to follow you back. Thanks!

  8. 2 days back i did the same sambar...nice dish


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