Mustard Dal

Now that the winter is settling in and fresh greens are becoming scarce mustard leaves are a great option to provide us the warmth for the winter.The famous dish sarson ka saag is made with these.This dish is a simple and warm dal using mustard leaves and taste amazing.

Preparation time 30 minutes 
Serves 2 cups
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Calories Per Serving Approximately 169 per serving
Difficulty Medium

1 cup Masoor Dal
4 cups tightly packed Mustard leaves/Sarson chopped
1 small onion chopped
8-12 green chillies slit lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon of tamarind paste
2 teaspoons oil
pinch sugar/jaggery optional
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1teaspoon cumin seeds
4 red chillies split into two pieces
5 garlic cloves
1 curry leaves stem
1 pinch asafetida


1.Take the thotakura and lentils, salt,freen chili and onion in a pressure cooker add 3 cups water and tamarind and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles and turn off the stove. The dal should be slightly thicker and not flowy.If it is very liquidy open the lid and let simmer for a few more minutes.

2.Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter, add cumin seeds and saute 1/2 minute.Now add the curry leaves, turmeric, garlic, red chillies and hing and let curry leaves splutter.Add this mixture to the dal and stir and cook for 2 more minutes, adjust seasoning and turn off the stove.

If using sugar add it after the dal is cooked along with the tempering.


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