Saturday, April 18, 2009

LENTILS WITH CHINESE SPINACH

Botanical name of Chinese spinach is Ipomea aquatica, it is known as bachali kura in telugu,Ipomea is rich in iron as it belongs to Amaranthaceae (amaranthus) family i.e., thotakura.
In asian countries we find this plants,and every home backyard includes this plant,it is a creeper with succulent leaves which grows faster and remains as host on other plants.We can make lentils,snacks,chutney with this leaves.


INGREDIENTS:
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  1. Tur daal/kandi pappu-1 cup
  2. Chopped Chinese spinach /bachali kura-10 to 15 leaves
  3. Chopped onion-1 1/2 table spoon
  4. Tamarind-10 small flakes
  5. Turmeric-1/4 Th teaspoon
  6. Salt-to taste
  7. Chopped green chilis-1 table spoon
  8. Oil-1 table spoon
  9. Cumin/jeera-1/4 th teaspoon
  10. Mustard seeds-1/2 teaspoon
  11. Curry leaves-10

METHOD:
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  1. Pressure cook dal by adding Chinese spinach,turmeric,tamarind,salt,and green chili's by adding water,and cook 4 to 5 whistles or cook until done.

2.Heat oil in a pan,add cumin mustard and curry leaves,then add to the cooked dal.

3.Serve with rice or pulka.