Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Swiss chard dhal /keerai kootu

 Swiss chard is high in vitamins A, K and C. It is also rich in minerals, dietary fiber and protein. I love the taste of Swiss chard, even if it is stir-fry.

Serves up to 3 people
Preparation time: 30 minutes


1 bunch of swiss chard
1/2 cup of toor dhal
2 tbsp of Bengal gram dhal
1/4 tsp of turmeric
2-3 cloves of garlic
3 dried red chillies (~spice level)
1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
2 tsp of oil
salt as required


1.Pressure cook both the dhals along with turmeric and 2 1/2 cups of water. Fine chop the greens (swiss chard) and remove the stem. 
2.Heat oil in the pan, add cumin seeds. As the cumin sputters, add chopped garlic. Saute for a minute then add the greens. Saute well for 5-10 minutes. The flavor of the garlic infuses in to the greens.
3.When the greens are wilted add the broken red chillies, cooked dhal and salt. Close the lid for another 5 minutes. 
4.Swiss chard dhal is ready. Serve with rice/ roti.

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