Red Swiss Chard and Moong Dal Curry
To cook
  • Red swiss chard, chopped- ½ of the bunch (chop and use the stems too)
  • Moong dal- 1 cup
  • Red chili powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Water- ½ cup
To grind
  • Coconut, grated- ½ cup
  • Cumin seeds- 1tsp
  • Garlic, minced- 1 clove
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
To season
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1tsp
  • Dry red chili whole-3
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Small onions, chopped- 3
  1. Thoroughly wash the red swiss chard under running water; coarsely chop the leaves and cut the stems small.
  2. Wash the moong dal taken in a strainer under running water as well.
  3. In a pressure cooker, cook the moong dal, red swiss chard along with red chili powder, salt and water until 2 whistles.
  4. Grind the above mentioned ingredients "to grind" into a coarse paste and keep aside.
  5. When the dal has cooked well, add the ground coconut mixture, combine and cook for few minutes at low heat.
To prepare the seasoning
  1. Heat a small pan over medium flame, add oil.
  2. When the oil gets hot, add mustard seeds, dry red whole chili, small onions and curry leaves, saute till the onions turn light brown.
  3. Remove from the flame and pour the seasoning into the cooked dal and red swiss chard mixture.
  4. Combine well and immediately cover it so that the aroma of the seasoning will get into the curry.
  5. Serve warm with rice, roti or you could even have this just like that as a thick soup.
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