Spinach With Moong Dal

Course : Curry
Serves: 6
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2 cups moong dal
1 pound frozen chopped spinach -- defrosted
3 medium fresh green chiles - (stemmed and sliced lengthwise)
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
1 tablespoon corn oil
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
2 whole dried red chile peppers
1/2 teaspoon asafetida

Preparation / Directions:

Rinse dal thoroughly in a strainer under running water. Put in a large saucepan with 5 cups water and bring to a boil. Add spinach and green chiles and simmer 10 minutes. Add tamarind, turmeric, sugar and salt. Cook 15-20 minutes more. Heat oil in a small saucepan or skillet. When hot, lower the heat and add mustard seeds, fenugreek and dry chiles. Cook, stirring, until mustard seeds crackle. Stir in asafetida. Add to spinach mixture and check for salt. Serve warm.

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