BOK CHOY KOOTU/DHAL - BOK CHOY WITH LENTILS





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I have been cooking with bok choy (Chinese cabbage) for quite some time. I usually add them to noodles and soups. This time I tried making a simple dhal with bok choy. Bok choy has a very mild taste and blends well with the lentils and the spices added in the dhal. I do not add tamarind for my dhal preparations since we usually have this kind of dhal with rice and rasam. Tamarind juice can be added according to preferences.

INGREDIENTS:
1. Moong dhal, 1 cup.
2. Bok choy, 2-3.
3. Small onions, 1 cup.
4. Tomatoes, small, 2.
5. Chili powder, 1 teaspoon.
6. Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon.
7. Sambar powder, ½ teaspoon.
8. Garlic, 3 cloves.
9. Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon.
10. Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon.
11. Asafetida, 1 pinch.
12. Salt as per taste.
13. Turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon.
14. Curry leaves, 1 sprig.
15. Chopped cilantro, ¼ cup.

PREPARATION:
Wash the moong dhal and bok choy well. Extract thick juice from the tamarind and keep aside. Chop the bok choy and tomatoes into small pieces. Peel the onions and crush the garlic coarsely. Take a pressure cooker or a pressure pan and add 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the cumin seeds and asafetida let them fry for 30 seconds. Now add the small onions and curry leaves and sauté for a few minutes until the onions are transparent. I have left the onions whole here; they can also be diced and added. Now add the diced tomatoes along with the crushed garlic and bok choy and keep sautéing for a few minutes until the tomatoes are well mashed. Add 2 cups of water along with the moong dhal, turmeric powder, and all the powders, salt as per taste and pressure cook for about 10-15 minutes up to 3 whistles. Once the pressure is released, garnish with chopped cilantro, mix everything well, and serve hot with idlis, dosas, rotis, or rice.

40 comments:

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Nice creativity. I need to start using, bok choy too.

Asha said...

Delicious. must try this. I like the flavor and texture Bok choy when cooked. Great recipe.

Suja Sugathan said...

Nice recipe dear..i too add bok choy only for noodles and soups..This one looks yummy...will try this one

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

very nice ! I love the idea... Will try it !

Kairali sisters said...

great dal recipe Gita, sounds great, innovative ..

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Kairali sisters

Kiran said...

Your dish looks very colorful and delicious.

Kiran said...

I love bokchoy too I use it in daal and majjigapulusu/kadhi.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Interesting spin on a chinese veggie!

Priya said...

I do this often too Gita, i get these bok choy very cheaply at chinese stores,my most favourite chinese cabbage..

Umm Mymoonah said...

Never tried Bok choy before,nice recipe idea:-)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Never tried Bok choy before,nice recipe idea:-)

divya said...

Nice creativity. ! I love the idea...I need to start using, bok choy too.

Ann said...

I have seen them in market, but never know what to do with it!!! this recipe sounds outstandng to me. will sure try this next time.

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Luks tempting gita..i hv seen this in Chinese market but haven't made a try....but urs is really gud.

PranisKitchen said...

i like the taste of chineese cabbage .sure will try this recipe bokchoy with dal nice combination.

SpicyTasty said...

Never tried bok choy. But I love your creativity. Nice idea. Gotta try it sometime.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Very healthy recipe...Love the recipe with bok choy,I had soups and curry using it but never tried a kuttu.gud idea..

Sushma Mallya said...

Using bokchoy this way is such a nice idea,looks really delicious gita...

Niloufer Riyaz said...

very innovative, very tasty

SathyaSridhar said...

Gita, rombha nalla idea paa bok choy naan fried rice n soups la use panirukken but kootu rombha pudhusa irukkae nalla seithurukeenga paa.

Nandini said...

Wow! This is a new twist! It's healthy and tasty with ghee rice!

BeenaShylesh said...

nice idea.....delisious and healthy......

Hari Chandana said...

Very nice.. looks soo delicious.. thanks for the recipe.. :)

Malar Gandhi said...

I don't add tamarind to dhall either. Love bok choy in dhall, they taste great.

kitchen queen said...

the kootu looks delicious and healthy.

Suman Singh said...

nice recipe with BOK CHOY...sounds healthy combo...thanks for sharing this! have a nice weekend...tk care.

PALATABLE said...

Haven't tried bok choy for kootu, looks delicious, love that heart shaped bowl too....

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Gulmohar said...

Comforting daal..never had this combo..looks delicious

AdukalaVishesham said...

dal with bok choy interesting one... never tried this combo but it looks really good...

Pavithra said...

Except the stirfries and fried rice.I have never tried this with dhall after seeing this .. surely will try it..

Uma said...

We used to eat bok choy a lot when we were living in Japan. It's been a long time I tasted this veggie. The dish looks so good Gita. Love the look of it :)

Chitra said...

Looks delicious..bok choy is new to me..will try with usual cabbage..

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

நானும் இதேபோல்தான் செய்வேன்.எனக்கு ரொம்ப பிடிக்கும் இந்த கேபேஜ்...

Nadji said...

Un plat bien savoureux.
A bientôt.

Nitks said...

Great recipe Gita... Innovative and sounds delicious..

Yummy Team said...

Never tried anything with bok choy before..This looks like a must-try..Nice recipe!

Sarah Naveen said...

nice recipe..looks mouthwatering..perfect with rice..

Padhu said...

Dhal looks yummy!!

Soma Pradhan said...

ce recipe Gita.>Would love to have it

n33ma said...

This is new,sounds great.