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.