Friday, August 17, 2012

Drumstick leaves Dal

drumstick leaves dal and square roti

Drumstick leaves are packed with vitamins and minerals especially vitamin A and C.Nutritional analysis show that the leaves are very high in protein and contain all of essential amino acids,including 2 amino acids that are especially important in children's diet. When my 11 year old son heard me telling all the benefits of it and he at once went and got me one huge branch of this tree and asked me to prepare some dal and from that day onwards he daily asks me to prepare something out of it.My mom too loves this leaves a lot so whenever i go to my native i do take some leaves and some flowers of drumsticks which is as tasty as leaves for my mom.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
  • 1cup Chanadal/Bengal gram dal
  • 2cups Drumstick leaves
  • 7-8 Garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1/2tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 2-3 tsp Sambar Powder/Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2tsp Cumin seeds
  • 8-10 Curry leaves
  • 2-3 tsp Oil/ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 (marble sized) Tamarind ball
drumstick  leaves dal
Cooking Directions
  1. Soak chana dal/Bengal gram dal for an hour in 1 litre of water.
  2. Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker.
  3. Add mustard and cumin let it splutter then add curry leaves followed by crushed garlic, green chillies,saute for a second.
  4. Add roughly chopped drumstick leaves and turmeric powder, again saute for a minute or until you get the nice aroma of drumstick leaves.
  5. Now Add sambar or garam masala Powder ( i have used sambar powder) and mix it well.
  6. Soak Tamarind in hot water and squeeze out all the pulp
  7. Now add chanadal along with the water,tamarind pulp and salt to taste.Now cover it with cooker lid and take 3 whistle .Let it cool before opening the lid
  8. Spicy dal is ready to serve. Pour some ghee to enhance the taste.
  9. serve hot with rice or roti