Meal In One (Daal saag)


  1/2 cup channa daal (split gram)
  250 gms spinach
  1/2 cup chopped onions
  2 large tomatoes
  2 tsps chopped garlic
  1 tsp chopped ginger
  1tb sp cooking oil/ghee
  1/2 t sp haldi/turmeric
  1/2 t sp chilli powder
  3 t sps dhania/ coriander powder
  1/2 t sp whole jeera/cumin
  1 pinch of asafoetida
  1 dry red chilli
  salt to taste

  • Wash and soak daal for 2-3 hours.
  • Heat oil /ghee in a fry pan or pressure cooker,  add the dry red chilli broken into two and as it changes colour add whole jeera and asafoetida.
  • Add chopped onions as jeera  begins to crackle and cook till soft and golden brown.
  • Add ginger, garlic and cook till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the dry masalas and salt to taste and cook for 2 minutes , taking care not to burn the masalas.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook well till oil begins to show on the side.
  • Now add the drained daal and spinach and mix well with the masala.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook for 5 minutes or till the daal is tender.
  • Let the pressure reduce naturally, open the cooker and stir really well so that the spinach and daal are mixed well.
  • Adjust the consistency to your liking by letting it cook without the lid for 2-3 minutes.
  • A delicious meal is ready full of proteins and iron from the spinach.
  • Enjoy with roties or parathas or steamed rice.Pickle and chutney will be a good accompaniment.



Tomato Magic


  4 large tomatoes chopped thick
  1 medium onion chopped thick
  1 green chilli chopped (optional) or 1/2 green bell  pepper cut into small squares
  2 tb sps chopped coriander/cilantro
  salt to taste
  chilli powder to taste
  sprinkling of coarsely ground black pepper
  1tb sp sugar
  1 tb sp olive oil or any other cookin oil

  • Heat oil in a fry pan, add onions and cook till transparent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, mix well and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add salt and chilli powder, mix and cover with a lid for 2-3 minutes or till the tomatoes are tender.
  • Add the bell peppers and cook till its soft.
  • Mix in the sugar and cook till it dissolves and thickens to the consistency you want.
  • Turn the heat off and sprinkle with coriander, green chillies and black pepper.

   Serving Suggestions

  Its great to have on toasted bread or use it as a filling for a sandwich.
  You could mix it with pasta, top it with grated cheese and put it under the grill till the cheese melts.
  Use it as a base for paneer/ tofu cut into cubes and mixed together.Add chilli sauce to spike it a bit.
  Serve in a flat dish with hard boiled eggs cut into halves, arranged around the dish, sprinkled with pepper, finely chopped green onions and coriander.
  Last but not the least, try it as a dip with french fries or crisps.
  A slightly thinner version is a good accompaniment with kidchri or pulao.
  So make the tomatoes do magic for you.