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 / 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!
Kerala-Style Dal Curry with Bok Choy
Recipe source: Amma
2 bok choy (Chinese cabbage)
½ cup roasted moong dal
¼ cups grated coconut
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp jeera
4 green chillies
Salt to taste
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.
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!).
This recipe just blew my mind! I love it, I made my own version though because I don't have a pressure cooker and I added a bit of coconut too just because I love coconut but honestly I would never have thought of bok choy and lentils together and now I wonder why because they are so perfect together! thanks for this!
Can we use onions instead of shallots? What difference would that make?
yes you can. it will be a different flavour that's all.
Chella KS Nathan
hey nags, i made sambar with bok choy and it came out real well. i did not have moong dal to proceed with your recipe but i will try it the next time i buy. Thank u so much for the push 🙂
Vijitha (Spices and Aroma)
I love boy choy and have tried to make pulao like the way we use spinach. Making dhal is so good too. Boy Choy is a local green here and I find using the local produce and tweaking it to our taste buds serves both purposes – taste & sustainability. Have you tried making shrimp curry with boy choy? Do try it. It's yum.
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