Friday, July 14, 2017

Radish - Palak - Malabar Leaves Curry

Radish - Palak - Malabar Leaves curry is one of the side dish which goes well with almost all the main dishes. It is an excellent combo for plain rice/ rotis/chapatis/poori/dosa/idli and even with raagi balls/mudde.

Malabar leaves and palak leaves are from our garden, used some radish and home prepared curry powder.
Let us see the benefits of " Pepper ".
Pepper / black pepper good for cough and cold. It gives good relief from respiratory disorders. Good for constipation, indigestion, anemia, muscular strains, diarrhea and heart diseases. It has antibacterial properties. They are rich in manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. They are rich in anti inflammatory properties. Pepper helps to prevent gas formation in intestines.
Use of home made pepper powder is more beneficial to our health. They retain the freshness and using a pinch of black pepper to every meal is good for easy digestion and taste. It improves our health and take care of it.
Remember that, the person who had a surgery should not use much of pepper. It can have an irritating effect on the intestines.
As I said it earlier I have used Malabar leaves and Palak/Spinach leaves with dal and radish.
No Onion or Garlic used in this curry.  Palak/Spinach and Malabar leaves grown in our garden.
(Grown in Pots).

Things Needed :

Toor Dal : 1/2 Cup
Palak Leaves : 1 Bundle (Small bundle)
Malabar Leaves : 1 Handful
Raddish : 4 to 5
Curry Powder : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Pepper Pods : 4 to 5
Methi seeds/fenugrik seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Tamarind : A small marble size
Coconut : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Salt : As required
For seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash and cook toor dal (Pressure cook) and keep it aside.
2. Wash and cut malbar leaves and palak leaves and keep it aside.
3. Wash and remove the outer layer (scrape out ) and cut them into small pieces.

4. Cook malbar leaves, palak leaves and radish with required water till its soft.
5. Soak tamarind in little warm water and squeeze out the pulp. Crush pepper pods and keep it aside.
6. Grate coconut and grind it with jeera/cumin seeds and curry powder with required water.

7. Keep a pan on the fire and put cooked dal and leaves - radish mixture. Add methi / fenugrik seeds.
8. Add tamarind pulp, required salt and little turmeric powder. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

9. Add ground coconut mixture, crushed pepper pods and mix it nicely and boil for 3 to 4 minutes.

10. Shift it to a serving dish and add mustard seeds seasoning. Serve it with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

You can use moong dal instead of toor dal. Use of onions and garlic is purely optional. Use of any spice powder of your choice is optional. I used home prepared curry powder. Use of more/less spice is optional. Adding methi seeds helps to reduce the cholesterol content in the curry. Adding crushed pepper pods helps to subside the gas in the curry.
Time : 20 to 25 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.  

Home made curry powder :

Dry roast 1 teaspoon of urid dal and 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds with 5 to 6 red chilly (byadagi) on low flame. Put off the fire and add a handful of curry leaves and a pinch of ingh/asafoetida.
Dry grind it when it is cooled. 
(This quantity is enough for only 1 time).

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