Friday, April 16, 2010

Moong Dal with Collard Greens

I had never used Collard greens until we came to USA. Once I saw the greens at the local super market and bought them out of curiosity. After experimenting a lot with them over the years we all came to love them and now they are a staple at our house. 

Collards are good source of vitamin C, soluble fiber and has potent anti-cancer and anti oxidant properties. They can be bought fresh or frozen (like spinach). I buy both.

Today I am sharing a recipe of moong dal with collard greens that we make very often. It is very easy to make and holds tons of nutrition.

To make this dal, add some water to 1&1/2 cup yellow moong dal and cook it till soft in a pressure cooker. Take a pan, add 3 tsp oil. After the oil is hot, add tempering ingredients like 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp asofoetida, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp cumin seeds and 1 tsp red chilli powder/2 chopped green chillies (optional). Add 3 tsp chopped garlic and 1 chopped tomato (you can also add 1/2 chopped onion if you like). Cook till tomatoes are soft. Mix in 2 cups chopped collard greens and stir for 4-5 mins till greens are soft. Add the cooked dal to this and mix properly. Adjust the consistency of the dal by adding additional water. Cook on medium low till the dal boils. Serve with Rice/Chapatti.

I am sending this as an entry to Veggie Platter's Delicious Dals Event.

25 comments:

Pari said...

Hi R, I have never seen these greens as they are not available here, but I make similar dal with spinach.

Sushma Mallya said...

collard greens are something new, which i havent heard of till now..but would love to taste...dal looks very delicious ...

Suma Gandlur said...

Thanks for sending this lovely entry. Sounds delicious and comforting.
I had never tried collards since a relative told me that these greens are bitter.
Are they?

Panchpakwan said...

sounds very intresting recipe..
I too never attmepted yet..thax for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Rupali, delicious recipes. I still don't use collard greens, may be now I will start bringing them and start with this recipe itself :)

rv said...

Hi Rupali, Thanks for stopping by my blog. Collard greens in dhal seems to be very new. Your post on biscotti is just fabulous. They look so perfect and decadent. Will stop by often to say hi.Take care

R said...

Pari: yes, i came to know abt them when we came to USA. would luv to check ur recipe w/spinach. have u posted it on ur blog?
Sushma: thanks sushma, do try it out if u get it at ur supermarket.
Suma: thanks! no, they r not bitter (ie nothing like methi), they have a different mild flavor especially when cooked. do try it out.
Panchpakwan: thanks for appreciating!
Priya: thanks so much! do try it out :)
RV: thanks for all ur appreciation!
and stopping by too, keep visiting.

Divya Vikram said...

Havent tried cooking with collard. Looks comforting.

PJ said...

i love cooking with collard greens.. their green slightly oily leaves and a tangy sour taste is what i love most about them! this daal with moong daal looks so yummy and tempting.

Aruna Manikandan said...

Sounds new to me ...
Looks healthy and delicious :-)

Pavithra Srihari said...

wow very healthy one and that green is tempting mee

Meena said...

R, nice dal...have to try collard greens!

s said...

never cooked with collards looks real good though.

arthi said...

I haven't tried with collard..healthy and new dish..

R said...

Divya: yes, its sure is!
PJ: thanks! yes, the oil does give a peculiar flavor. although if u cook w/frozen collards, u have to add a bit of lemon to get the desired tang :)
Aruna: yes it holds a ton of nutrition.
Pavithra: it sure is healthy!
Meena: thnx. do try them.
S: yes they r really good.
arthi: it is a healthy dish. do try it.

simply.food said...

Never used collard greens before but your dhal and collard greens recipe looks healthy and nutritious.My 1st visit here folowing your blog.Do drop by simplyfood sometime.

Faiza Ali said...

Yummy and healthy daal...Loved your blog..will keep visiting :)

R said...

simplyfood: thnx for appreciating and following, do try it out, its really healthy. will check out ur blog soon!
Faiza: thnx so much, noticed u r following too, thnx again, will visit u soon!

Padhu said...

Sounds new and interesting!

R said...

Padhu: thanks!!

Kiran said...

Rupali,Collards with moongdaal is looking very delcious.I make this with toor daal.Very lovely presentation.

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R said...

thanks for sharing the award kiran! would luv to try out ur version w/toor dal sometime :)

Gulmohar said...

That's a cool idea...never had collard greens in any desi dishes...moong is my fav daal:-)

Malar Gandhi said...

Collard greens dhall sounds woderful, perfect with rotis

R said...

Gulmohar: thnx. it tastes yum, moong dal is a fav at our house too :)
Malar: thnx, yes its really good w/rotis and rice as well.