Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Comfort Food – Post 25

Everyone has a comfort food isnt it… The food you crave when u have nothing else to do, when u wee bit down… when may be your mood is not uptight or may be the health is not the best… For N its rasam-rice…. and for me its dal-roti… seriously when nothing works Dal-Roti does…

And hence I love experimenting with dal, mixing various dal’s together, adding some veggies to it… the variations give dal a face lift and make it an all new dish which is yummy and healthy too…

So when after marriage I first eat this dal which is the favorite of my mil too, I fell in love with it… a dal which has all my fav elements – dal, methi and palak… But unfortunately toor dal doesn’t suit me too much these days… gives me terrible gas so I came up with my own version of this dal which now everyone in the house enjoys totally………


  • A cup channa dal (use toor dal if u want to)
  • 2 bunches of fresh methi (fengureek)
  • 3 bunches of fresh palak (spinach)
  • 8-10 shallots or baby onions (I love their flavour and the crunch in the mouth they leave, however mil uses normal onions so feel free to use them if u don’t have baby onions)
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp channa dal
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp jeera seeds
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 2-3 dry red chillies
  • 1 medium sized tamarind ball
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp sambhar powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp corriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric


  • Wash and chop methi and palak leaves finely.
  • Boil together with dal, chopped tomato, slit green chillies, salt and turmeric in a pressure cooker
  • Let the steam escape.
  • Soak tamarind in warm water
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard jeera seeds to it
  • After they turn brown and start spluttering add the urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves and dry red chillies.
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes till the dal browns a little
  • Add onions to the same and fry them till golden brown
  • Add all dry masalas, fry for another minute
  • Add the dal, mash a bit along with the tamarind water.
  • Let it simmer for about 5 minutes or so
  • Serve hot with rotis or rice


19 comments on “Comfort Food – Post 25

  1. Swaram
    June 25, 2010


    • Meira
      June 25, 2010

      damn! and here I wasted time discussing mils…only to lose my chance at coming first!

      • Swaram
        June 25, 2010

        Huh? Where 😛 😛

      • monikamanchanda
        June 28, 2010

        ROFL… see there is nothing one ever got by discussing mil’s i am telling u 😉

    • Swaram
      June 25, 2010

      I love dal with methi and palak too 🙂 Esp. gng by the no. of green leaves we get in Andhra, I luv making all sorts of Dals with them 🙂 🙂

      • monikamanchanda
        June 28, 2010

        yeah there are so many of them no… each gives a different taste to the dal but I specially love this one

  2. Meira
    June 25, 2010

    ooooo..methi is a gult favourite or what? My in laws love it too. My mil also uses kasoori methi in dal and that really enhances the taste too.

    • Swaram
      June 25, 2010

      Gults love anything to do with Pappus [Dal] and green leaves I think no 😉
      But seriously, kudos to the varieties of Dal that they have!

      • monikamanchanda
        June 28, 2010

        there swaram said it

        I can swear upon what she is saying… they make dal’s in so many varities but i have just one problem with the whole gults dal they only seem to be using Toor dal at best in one or two cases channa dal… there is a whole variety of dals available in the market,. why not use them?

  3. Pixie
    June 25, 2010

    me likes too! 😀

  4. Trish
    June 25, 2010

    Niceeeeeeeee..soundss yumm..makes me think of the daal palak.

  5. Pal
    June 26, 2010

    Looks yum and sounds very healthy too!!

  6. Munchkin's Mom
    June 27, 2010

    This looks delish..i make a similar palak sambar with only toor dal though…almost all ingredients are the same. This along with fried fish and rice is a staple sunday afternoon ,meal at our place….next week i’ll try this mixed dal version of yours…

    • monikamanchanda
      June 28, 2010

      oh man i am almost imagining fried fish next to this dal and rice… brilliant this is what we will have next sunday for lunch 😉

  7. UmaS
    June 28, 2010

    Looks delicious…actually, its ur pictures which tempt me more…

  8. Reema
    July 7, 2010

    my comfort food is chilly chicken 🙂

  9. dips
    August 25, 2010

    Hi there!
    Just found your blog yesterday while blog hopping and got hooked.
    My usual comfort food is palak dal or kasuri methi dal, but when I read this recipe of yours I had to try it and loved it so much that now it takes the #1 spot on my comfort food list 🙂
    I loved the palak-methi flavor along with the hint of sambhar powder.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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