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A delight for Dal Lovers – Dal Palak

Indian food and dals go hand in hand. From North to South, East to the West of India, almost every family has its own version of cooking dal. Most of us grew up hearing from our mothers about how healthy dal is for our health and therefore its consumption absolutely necessary on days we got food fussy. Combining dal with spinach makes for a very interesting dish too. Simply add some chopped spinach to toor dal in the pressure cooker. Cover this with some water and add some salt and turmeric. Start the pressure cooker and heat until one whistle followed by additional 10 minutes on slow flame. Every family gives a different tadka to their dals. One of the more common ones is with oil, cumin seeds, asafoetida, red chilly powder and coriander powder. Make this and add over the dal once it cools down in the cooker and voila dal palak is ready. “Creative Commons Dal Palak” by Yummy O Yummy;is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Delicious ways to get your family to eat more spinach

Spinach commonly known as Palak, is one of the most popular leafy vegetable. From being an active ingredient in daily cooking at homes to featuring as a culinary delight in exotic menus, spinach is a versatile green. Apart from its rich colour, spinach is widely known for being a powerhouse of nutrients. Spinach is high in niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. It is low in fat and even lower in cholesterol.

Studies have also shown that spinach contains nutrients that help in prevention of cancer, asthma, lowering of blood pressure, improving bone, skin & hair health. Now that’s what we call a powerhouse of good nutrition. Lets check some delicious ways to get your family to eat more of this ‘Magic Green’.