Today we are going to make a healthy Dal (massor) made with bottle gourd’s leaves,shoots and stems. It is a traditional Bengali recipe, very tasty to eat and easy to prepare. You can use pumpkin leaves and stems to prepare this recipe.
Cooking time – 40 minutes. Serve – 4
1.Chopped leaves,shoots and stems – 1 bowl.
2.Red lentils (massor dal) – 200 grams.
3.Chopped coriander leaves – 4 tbsp.
4.Green chilly (slit) – 4
5.Nigella seeds (kalonji) – 1/2 tsp.
6.Sugar – 1/2 tsp.
7.Salt to taste.
8.Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp.
9.Dry red chilly – 2
1.Wash the stems,shoots and leaves with enough water, keep in a colander.
2.Put the dal in a pan. To this add 1 tbsp.of salt, turmeric powder and 4 cups of water and boil the lentil until soft. Add all the leaves,stems and shoots. Cook till stems become tender. Add water if needed. Transfer the dal to a bowl. Clean out the pan.
3.Heat oil in the pan, add dry red chilly and fry until brown. Add kalonji, fry for 30 seconds.Add the dal, sugar and green chilly. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes (stir occasionally). You can add extra warm water to make the dal more soupy. Check the seasoning.
Remove pan from heat, add coriander leaves and mix well. Cover the pan,give 10 minutes standing time.Lau Shaker Dal is ready to serve. Serve the healthy dish with Rice/Roti