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Urban Eats #29: Palak Daal

by Emma on April 13, 2010

in Dinner

I don't know how it started-I think someone was talking about them at work. Somewhere I heard the word, "lentils" and I thought, "I've never eaten lentils. I should make something lentily." I saw this yummy sounding recipe at 101 cookbooks. You know how I love Indian spiced foods.

I thought this was great as a dip (with toasted pita) and leftover the next day over rice. 

Look out world-I've eaten my first lentils and I'll never look back!

Ingredients: 1 cup lentils, 5 cups water, 1/2 pound chopped spinach, 1 teaspoon ginger, 2 chopped tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon chile powder, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and more salt to taste

In a large saucepan heat water and lentils. Bring to a boil then add ginger, spinach and tomatoes. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Once lentils are very soft add in butter, cumin, chile powder, salt and lemon juice and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve topped with cilantro. 


kara April 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I love love love lentils. They are sooooo good. I gotta try this!

Bridget April 13, 2010 at 5:44 pm

i love lentils too! i have a recipe for a lentil bulgur soup i can’t wait to try.

suzanne April 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm

you’re a vegetarian and you’d never had lentils?! isn’t that sacrilegious or something? ;)
well congrats :)
i do love me some lentils. and indian food. yummmm.

Bekka April 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I’ve never had lentils. Now I’m curious.

chelsea April 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I love this! Its such a timely post for me – since I had already planned to make Palak Daal tonight. I had seen it on Closet Cooking a few weeks ago and I LOVE lentils so I knew this would be a fast and easy weeknight meal. Thanks for sharing your new-found love of lentils!

Kara H April 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm

This looks SO yummy! I will have to try it.

Chelsea April 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

yum! can’t wait to try this. I love making indian food:)