I was brain storming on ideas of what to do for my last post for this theme. My daughter specifically wanted pasta for dinner. I didn’t want to do the usual pasta with marinara sauce and vegetables, nor was I inclined to make it cheesy. But the thought of cheese took me to a dish that I previously had at a restaurant. The pasta was mixed with spinach creamy white sauce (loaded with cheese of course!), but as I said earlier I wanted to give it an Indian twist and so grabbed the idea of having spinach as one of the ingredients. I love Dal Palak that we usually have with roti and rice, because its so easy to make and yet very tasty and satisfying. So I extrapolated the thought and made dal palak, blended it in to a smooth creamy sauce and tossed it over mult-grain pasta and garnished with cilantro. The taste was scrumptuous and very satisfying and the thought of having a meal this healthy was an added bonus. The kids didn’t know what sauce it was but said it was tasting like pesto sauce (I guess because of the color!!!). This recipe is definitely an excellent option for all pasta lovers who want to take it up a notch with super nutritious spinach lentil sauce. Here it goes for Day 7, Blogging Marathon #14.
Multi grain pasta –2 cups
Palak (Spinach) — 1 bunch
Massor Dal (Red Lentil) —1/2 cup
Potato –2 (remove skin and cut in to bite size chunks)
Garlic –3 medium pods (finely chopped)
Onion –1 (finely chopped)
Tomato –2 (finely chopped)
Jeera (Cumin seeds) –1 tsp
Coriander powder –1 1/2 Tbsp
Cumin powder –1 Tbsp
Turmeric powder –1/4 tsp
Chilli powder –1 Tbsp
Garam masala powder –1 tsp
Salt — to taste
Butter –1 Tbsp
Recipe for Dal Palak (Spinach and Lentil Sauce)
1. In the bottom of a pressure cooker, melt butter and add jeera. When it splutters add garlic and fry for a min. Now add onions and fry till they turn translucent. Add tomatoes and fry till they turn soft.
2. Wash and cut spinach coarsely. Add lentil and spinach to the onion-tomato mixture. Add all the dry powders (turmeric, coriander, cumin, chilli, garam masala) and salt. Add potato chunks, lentil, spinach and 2 cups of water. Pressure cook them for 10 mins. Let it cool completely. Dal palak is ready. This gravy can be had with rice or roti.
Recipe for Penne Pasta with the sauce
1. Grind the dal palak prepared from step 2 in to a smooth creamy sauce. Keep aside.
2. Cook pasta as per the cooking instructions in the box. Drain the pasta. In a big bowl, toss pasta with the spinach sauce and mix well. Chilli sauce can be added for spiciness, if desired. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!!!
Sautee garlic, onions in butter tempered with jeera.
Add tomato and fry till they are soft, add all the dry powders.
Now add cubed potatoes, masoor dal and spinach. Add water and pressure cook for 10 mins.
Let it cool completely.
Puree the dal palak until smooth and toss with cooked penne pasta. Enjoy!!!
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#14 http://spicingyourlife.blogspot.com/p/blogging-marathon.html”
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