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Friday, January 6, 2012

Mung Dal With Fenugreek Leaves

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M can pretty much eat anything that's presented in a snack form. When I learned this, I started stuffing his hate foods into invisible pockets of puff pastry, in sandwiches and meatballs. Like you might know by now, I have an obsession about such things. When I have my obsession under control, I also serve his love food such as lentils as snacks.


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For us, dry Indian vegetables and lentil recipes often finds its way into sandwiches, or form part of a dip or get stuffed in a roll. This mung dal recipe, is one that we love to serve up as an open faced sandwich on crisped up Arabic bread with generous topping of spring onions and sliced radishes. M always always uses ketchup on it. I find that really sad by the way. 

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The most special part about this recipe is the fenugreek leaves called methi in hindi. You might have often read on this blog about kasuri methi which is the dried form of fresh fenugreek leaves used as a herb, added towards the end of the dish. Fresh fenugreek on the other hand is used as a vegetable and has a strong flavor and smell with a slightly bitter taste. Rich in minerals like calcium, potassium and iron, the leaves are also abundant in Vitamin C and KServe it on a whole wheat flat bread of choice and no one is going to complain about snacking!

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Mung Dal with Fenugreek leaves
Serves 3


Ingredients
1 cup split and husked mung dal*
1 cup fenugreek leaves**
1 large red onion (about 1/4 cup sliced)
1 tomato, cubed
1 tbsp ginger chili paste***
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste

Note 

* You can certainly play around with other dals and whole beans in this recipe. Urad dal (split black gram) is exceptionally good with it too. Just make sure the cooking time will vary for different lentils.

** If you can't find methi in your part of the world, or if its not in season, I love to use spinach instead. You could also use other green leafy vegetables.

*** To make ginger chili paste, grind together an inch of fresh ginger with 1-2 green chilies into a smooth paste.

Method

Thoroughly wash the dal and fenugreek leaves separately. Make sure to only use the leaves and tender stems of the fenugreek.

Boil the mung dal in plenty of water with pinch of turmeric until al dente. Mung dal cooks pretty fast and its important to not cook it all the way through so keep an eye while it boils. Once boiled, drain the water and keep aside.

Sizzle oil in wok and add cumin seeds. Once the seeds change color add the ginger chili paste. Then add the onions.

Once the onions turn light golden brown, add turmeric, red chilly powder and coriander powder respectively. Add the tomatoes when the spices loose its rawness. Meanwhile, finely chop the fenugreek leaves.

Let the tomatoes cook till it becomes pulpy and forms masala. Then add the chopped leaves and let is cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add dal and salt.Cover and cook for 10 minutes. If the mixture feels too dry add  a few tbsp of water to keep it from sticking to the wok.

Garnish with spring onions and sliced radishes. Serve it on Arabic bread or any flat bread of choice. You can also serve it as it is with roti or naan.
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53 comments

  1. love the sack full of dal :D i like to add vegetable fry/lentils as sandwich or roti filling too. yummy healthy snack !

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  2. BIG LOVE!! the dal in the sack looks like roasted (I usually dry roast my mung before I cook). Love the styling in all the photographs.

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  3. Oh, I love this series of pictures and their wintery look! A fabulous dish. I only know fenugreek seeds...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Super photographs. And I love the twist you have brought to such a staple dish.

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  5. I never liked eating lentils but i like your idea of using it on a flat bread.
    The photos are SO stunning and that black background .. JUST AMAZING !

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  6. Stunning pictures and the BG is awesome ..love each and every picture.

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  7. Beautiful photos! My husband loves mung dal and pizza, so this will be on the menu soon.

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  8. Lovely dish and sensational images Kulsum! Love fenugreek leaves but unfortunately we do not get them too often here!

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  9. Absolutely striking photos and delicious recipe! I grew fenugreek for the first time last season, and I am about to start seeds again today. Thank you for sharing this dish. Now I know another use for those leaves next time!

    Happy New Year, Kulsum!

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  10. Yum!! I love making dal methi :) these photos are gorgeous! Happy new year to you & M :)

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  11. This dish looks amazing Kulsum, and those photos are absolutely stunning!!! I love the photo of the sack of lentils.

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  12. what an awesome snacking recipe, I'm always on the hunt out for stuff like this...and I LOVE mung dal. Perfect thing to keep with me when those afternoon cravings hit!

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  13. Beautiful photography Kulsum. I need to plant a fresh batch of fenugreek. Thanks for the reminder :-)

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  14. Beautiful photos. I would love to sample this snack.

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  15. Oh my goodness, Kulsum You have absolutely knocked my socks off with these gorgeous images. And then there's the dal...oh my!

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  16. These imagines are truly stunning. I want to run out and get what i need to make this dish!

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  17. Beautiful & Brilliant all on one!

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  18. This is stunning! Such beautiful light you captured here & the recipe looks wonderful! xo

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  19. Looks really simple and yummy! I love!
    Beautiful photos too!

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  20. beautiful photography! love the look of the dish

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  21. Oh...first of all...the photographs, Kulsum...so stunning! They're GORGEOUS!
    The recipe sounds pretty good too :)

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  22. beautiful pics! interesting idea too :)

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  23. My goodness, your photos are absolutely STUNNING! I'm so happy to have stumbled upon your site and will most certainly be back.

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  24. photography lessons, pleaseeeee! ;)

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  25. Gorgeous pictures Kulsum! Love the mood you've created.

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  26. Wow never knew plain ol' daal can look so inviting too.
    Good work

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  27. I've never seen lentils on flat bread like this. Great idea! Absolutely gorgeous photos Kulsum! Happy New Year and looking forward to your new posts in 2012!

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  28. never tried mung dal with methi leaves....a new combination....looks tempting....zuzar moonim

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  29. Your photos are beautiful! What a wonderful looking recipe.

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  30. lentils on flat bread is totally new to me! But I can totally see its appeal!

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  31. Hi Kulsum, I absolutely love mung beans which reminds me I haven't made them in awhile so I should today. Definitely feel I haven't cooked Indian in awhile which is so unlike me. Photos are great!! :)

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  32. Lovely photography!

    I should've started the pocket snack idea with my son years ago. He's so picky.

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  33. I've been looking for something to do with lentils other than soup. This seems so creative. Thanks for the idea!

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  34. These shots are absolutely stunning! Hands down some of the best photos I've come across in a while. I've seen your lentil shot making the round on pinterest so I had to come visit.

    As for the dish, it looks wonderful too!

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  35. Ah this is wonderful blog....recipes are great and the photographs are awesome. Thanks for your afort to share all this.

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  36. your pics are mesmerisingly beautiful..Happy New year to you.

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  37. Beautiful and Amazing clicks....
    Wonderful recipe, I can bet this taste delicious....

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  38. Absolutely love the pictures, especially that of the dal in the sack! Beautiful! My grandmother makes a similar lentil dish. Thanks for sharing it!

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  39. Happy New year Kulsum! I'm totally smitten by your picture, OMG post with great lighting's!

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  40. Lovely clicks. I love my lentils and zillion amount of Indian dishes that can be fixed with it. I made a cumin scented moong dhal with methi leaves for a party last Sunday. I think I should try your version too. Its dry and can be rolled up into a wrap. Perfect for a get together.

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  41. Kulsum,
    What's not to love in the list of ingredients that make up this lovely concoction!
    Been a while since I visited any blogs.. couldn't resist leaving a comment here. The shot with methi leaves in his hand is brilliant!

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  42. No time to read the recipe! Must come back. The pictures are divine to say the least!!

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  43. Hi Kulsum...this is Sona, also from Kuwait. I had a comment from you on my space long time back. sorry, i got to blogging after a very loong gap and hence the delay in the reply. really nice to know you and must say, love the way you click!! excellent snaps..and ..your About me..wow!! so, cute!

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  44. This looks insanely amazing! No other words to describe it other than AWESOME

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  45. Hi Kulsum! Long time no talk. I miss you so much. Hope all is well with you and your family. Your photographs are so beautiful. If you ever release a cookbook, I'll be first in line to buy it!

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  46. Hey Kulsum, awesome clicks plus I really liked the idea of serving the dal over the flat bread like a spread.

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  47. delicious combination looks wonderful
    following your tweets :)

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  48. Your pictures are incredible! Do you mind me asking what camera and lens you use?

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    1. Thanks Jaclyn. I use canon 7D with 50mm lens :)

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