Thursday, 24 July 2014

Cabbage Dal

This is yet another traditional Andhra dish. Easy to prepare and goes well with rice, roti, chapatti, idli and dosa. U can try the same recipe with different dal like Channa dal or Moong dal too.

Ingredients for Cabbage Dal:

½ Cabbage chop into required size pieces
1 cup Toor dal
¼ tsp Turmeric powder
Lemon size Tamarind extracted juice
For Tempering:
2 tbsp Oil
A pinch of Hing 
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
4 Garlic cloves roughly chopped
2 Red chillis split into two each
1 med Onion finely chopped
A string Curry leaves
1 med Tomato finely chopped
1 tsp Red chilli pwdr
Salt as per taste

To prepare Cabbage Dal:

1. Cook dal, cabbage and turmeric powder together by adding required amount of water in a pressure cooker.
2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add cumin seeds, Hing, Garlic, Red chillies and saute till garlic and red chillies turn to brown color.
3. Add onion, curry leaves and saute for a while then add tomatoes and saute for 2 more min. For this add red chilli pwdr, coriander pwdr, salt and tamarind extract.
4. Bring it to boil. For this add cooked dal and required amount of water, cook on medium flame till you get required consistency.
5. Cabbage Dal is ready to serve. Remove from heat and serve hot with rice, roti, chapatti, idli or dosa.

Health Benifits :

Lentils are Low in calories and high in nutrition - that anyone can benefit from by incorporating this healthy legume into their diet.

Possible health benefits of cabbage are
·        Ideal for weight loss!
·        It is a brain food!
·        High in sulfur, the beautifying mineral.
·        Helps detoxify the body.
·        It is having well-known cancer preventative compounds.
·        Helps keep blood pressure from getting high.
·        Cabbage for headaches.
·        Hangovers from heavy drinking.
·        Anti-inflammatory and Blood Sugar Regulator.

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