December 14, 2012

Bok Choy Dal Curry | Bok Choy & Lentils | Bok Choy Recipes

There are so many different dal recipes in my life, coming to think of it. There's the generic dal tadka which is my go-to recipe with roti or chapatt. There's the dal makhani which I rarely make unless we have company. Then there's the Kerala-style dal curry with moong dal that's a favourite because we add coconut to it and it goes with roti / chapati and rice equally well.

Bok Choy Dal Curry-Bok Choy with Lentils

When amma was visiting me in May this year, she was very smitten with all the green in the wet market here, particularly bok choy. Bok choy, also called Chinese cabbage, is generally steamed or lightly sauteed and eaten with rice. I haven't cooked with it after making a stir fry with it - Stir Fried Bok Choy Recipe.

Bok Choy Dal Curry-Bok Choy with Lentils
Bok Choy / Chinese Cabbage
Anyway, we saw fresh bok choy in the market and amma wanted to make Kerala-style dal curry with it. So that's exactly what we did!

Bok Choy Dal Curry-Bok Choy with Lentils

Kerala-Style Dal Curry with Bok Choy

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves 4-6
Recipe source: Amma

2 bok choy (Chinese cabbage)
½ cup roasted moong dal
¼ cups grated coconut
2 shallots
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp jeera
4 green chillies
Salt to taste

For tempering:
2 tsp (coconut) oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
3-4 shallots (ulli, chinna vengayam), sliced
A few curry leaves

How to Make Dal Curry:

1. Grind coconut with jeera, shallots, and some salt to a fine paste with water.

2. Add the dal, chopped bok choy, green chillies, and coconut mixture to a pressure cooker along with 1 cup water and cook for 2-3 whistles.

3. Heat oil for tempering and add the other ingredients. When the mustard seeds pop and the shallots turn golden, dunk into the cooked dal. Mix well and adjust salt if required.

Bok Choy Dal Curry-Bok Choy with Lentils

Tastes fabulous with rice, vatha kuzhambu, chips, and some raw sliced onions (which is kinda weird, I know, but we eat it almost every day with rice at my mom's place!).