Instant Dal Fry and Dal Hariyali (Dal & leafy vegetables)


Most of the Indian dal look same but taste different. So today we have 3 different Instant dals all equally delicious. I tasted all these dal only after I shifted to Mumbai. 

Whenever we went out to eat in the restaurants, Dal fry never missed its appearance on our tables. It is one of the most popular dal because it is quick to make and very tasty.You can make this with the Instant Dal Mix-4 in 20 mins without a pressure cooker. It is faster than a home delivery.

First you should fry an onion and then a tomato in oil or butter till they are soft. You can do this in a rice cooker (See this post on Frying in electric cooker) or a microwave too. Next make a paste of Instant dal mix-4 with water and add in the fried mixture. Boil till thick.

You can use the same Instant Dal Mix-4 for making 
  • Dal Haryali (Dal with any green leafy vegetable)   
  • Dal Methi (Fenugreek leaves with dal) &
  • Dal Palak (Spinach with dal)

If you plan to eat with roti or bread make these dal little thick. If you prefer to eat with plain rice or any spiced rice (Pulav), then make it slightly thin (not watery). You can add some fresh cream or milk to make it richer as you get to eat in the restaurants.

Servings: 2-3
Appliance requiredRice cooker /microwave / stove
Cooking time:      20 mins
All you need is:               
                           2 tbsp butter or oil or each 1 tbsp
                           1 onion (chop into pieces)
                           1 tomato (deseeded and chopped into pieces)/ 1.5 tbsp tomato puree
                           1 cup frozen chopped spinach/ 1tbsp frozen chopped fenugreek leaves
                                                                              / 2 tsp Kasuri Methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
                           2 tbsp Instant dal mix -4 
                           3-4cups water
                           1 tbsp fresh cream/1/4 cup milk/1tbsp skimmed milk pd (optional)
                           1 tsp coriander leaves or cilantro (optional)
Let's prepare:

  1. Heat oil in a microwave safe glass bowl / rice cooker pan / saucepan.
  2. Add  onion and fry 2 mins till nearly golden.
  3. Next put in tomato and fry 3 mins if you are adding tomato puree stir fry only for 30 secs.
  4. If you are making it with leafy vegetables add frozen methi (fenugreek) or Kasuri Methi (dried fenugreek) or frozen spinach (palak) and fry for 2 mins.
  5. Take 2 tbsp Instant dal mix -4 (don't takeout dry red chilli from it now)  into a bowl and add 1/4-1/2 cup water stir well to form a paste.
  6. Add 2 cups water to this  and stir well .
  7. Add this dal into this  onion-tomato-leafy vegetable mixture. Also take out one dry red chilli from the instant mix and add into this dal. Boil for another 10 min on slow heat . (Takes less time in microwave). Keep stirring in between and also check whether you need to add salt (about 1/4-1/2 tsp).
  8. You might need to add another 1/2-1 cup water if it is too thick. During the last 2 mins add beaten fresh cream/milk.
  9. You can put 1/2 tsp ghee or 1 tsp butter. Garnish with coriander (cilantro) on top for dal fry if you like.
  10. Eat with steamed white rice, cumin rice( jeera rice) and papad or with any bread.

These dals tend to thicken when it cools down. Add some water (hot or room temp) and reheat.
 Freezing Fenugreek leaves-
I always buy a big bunch of fenugreek and freeze them. First we have to discard the thick stems retaining the thin ones. Next  wash it thrice to remove any sand and allowed to drain in a colander.When all the water has drained, put these in the food processor and chop finely using pulse motion. Freeze these chopped greens in small portions in plastic bags or containers.
 Drying Fenugreek leaves-
You can make your own dried methi in the microwave.

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