If you thought these are eggs in some green gravy - you would be surprised to know that they are just toor dal with spinach :). Yday, i had fresh bunch of baby spinach that I wanted to make. MIL wanted dal. Hubby said he wanted Kofta! what do I do? and Ya i dint like to cook for a long while! Result, I came up with Toor Dal Kofta in Spinach sauce which will be my entry for Linda's JFI Toor Dal.
These two cooked with no added fat ( these Koftas are steamed not fried ), you have a complete healthy meal. This is one Kofta I can bite into with a smile, without worrying about the extra 15min at Gym.
Drain the toor dal well.
Saute the onions,ginger and chilly in little oil ( Pam Spray should do ) with salt.
This step is not necc. but I find raw onions here little sharp and strong,so saute it first. You can skip this step and go to next straightaway.Grind coriander leaves, onions,ginger with Toor dal with no water. It should be a coarse paste with salt, if not added before.
Make balls out of them and steam in a cooker. Make sure not to over steam since it can get v hard. Cool and keep aside.Wash the spinach and blanch them in water for 2-3 min. Liquidise it in a blender.Heat some olive oil in a pan and add the ground paste to it. Cook for a while.
Add the spinach along with curd,salt and sugar. Simmer for 5-8 min.
Place the steamed balls in a plate
I had a bunch of spinach which I wanted to use. My husband doesn't like palak paneer, aloo palak etc. He only likes spinach in 'Bhurji' with paneer. And I didn't want to have bhurji again. Also, my son is making me go through terrible two's right now so I wanted something which was easy & quick to cook. This recipe was perfect.
Though I made slight changes simply because I didn't have some ingredients for paste, like coconut, poppy seeds & cashew nuts. I made a 'tadka' of asafoetida, aniseed & added, ginger-garlic paste & chilli powder to it.
Rest of the recipe I followed was same. At the time of serving I added about 1tsp of leftover cream for garnishing on top. My husband loved it, he kept asking me what is it, how did I make it. :)
I'm sure the recipe would have turned out even more tastier if I had added coconut & cashews. Surely next time. :)
Thanks for the recipe. i tried it for a pot luck party on diwali and it turned out really yummy. everyone loved it :-)... the only variation i made was that I added mint both to the gravy and the koftas to give extra flavour.
This serves about 3-4 ppl :)
Hi Nisha, The time for the koftas varies as per the size. Instead of pressure cooker, use steamer - makes it easy to check. Give it say about 5-8 minutes. Poke the koftas with a fork or skewer. The middle of the koftas should be moist but the skewer should be clean. Koftas in general when made are better off added few minutes before serving - add these koftas say about 10 minutes before serving. That gives it enough time to soak up the flavors. Hope this helps -- DK