1 small cup tur dal
2 cups chopped and tightly packed spinach
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 green chillis, slit lengthwise
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced, saute in ghee till lightly browned and keep aside
1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger or paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
big pinch turmeric powder
salt to taste (I used about 1/2 teaspoon)
2 cups water, approximately
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 garlic cloves finely chopped (I grate this with a hand grater)
1 tbsp ghee
1) In a pressure cooker, add 2 cups of water and tuvar dal and pressure cook upto 3 whistles (I pressure cook on high flame until 1 whistle, then I turn flame to very low and cook for seven minutes.) If cooking over stove top, cook till the dal is almost cooked.
2) Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel, add cumin seeds and as they splutter, add garlic and ginger and stir fry for few seconds. Careful if you add ginger paste as this will cause a lot of splatter due to it's water content. Add the chopped onions and saute for 3-4 minutes, until cooked.
3) Add red chilli powder and turmeric powder and combine. Add the chopped palak and saute for 4 minutes. Add chopped tomato and saute for another 3 minutes.
4) Add the pressure cooked dal along with salt and combine. Cook on slow to medium flame for 5-10 minutes without lid or till you get the consistency of your choice.