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Monday, April 12, 2010

Escarole Wali Dal - Escarole and Red Lentils

Escarole and Red Lentils
Escarole according to Wikipedia is a broad-leaved Endive(Endive is a leafy vegetable). It has pale green leaves and is less bitter than the other varieties like Bavarian endive, Batavian endive, grumolo, scarola, and scarole. Escarole is rich in fiber, folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin K.

The inspiration for this preparation was Palak dal (Spinach Dal). Since I'm always excited to try out new recipes and combinations, this combination was put to the test and this dal was an instant hit at our house.

Split Masoor dal - Red lentils
Ingredients :
  • 1 cup split Masoor dal /red lentils
  • 1 bunch of Escarole chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 4 green chillies slit
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic freshly grated
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch of hing / asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin-cilantro powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchur powder/dry mango powder
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
Preparation :
  • Wash the dal. Wash and chop the escarole. Pressure cook it with 4 cups of water, salt and turmeric till cooked.
  • For the seasoning/Tadka - Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds. When they splutter add hing. Add the chopped onion and saute till no longer get the raw smell. Add the grated ginger-garlic and fry for about 1 minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and slit green chillies. Fry for about 2 minutes and add red chili powder, cumin-cilantro powder and amchur powder. Fry till the oil leaves the masala. To this add the cooked dal and escarole and bring it to a boil. Adjust the seasoning and let it simmer on low heat for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Your Escarole Wali Dal is ready to serve. This goes well with rice or any Indian bread of your choice.
  • This recipe serves 4.


  1. Looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog.

  2. new and yummy and mouth watering dal.thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds yummy and the clicks are tempting. Nice version of dal,healthy too. Thanks for sharing a wonderful innovative recipe.

  4. Hy Dolly, Yummy recipe...needless to mention a lovely click.

  5. Thanks for sharing this yummyilicious dal Dolly..nice way to enjoy escarole..

  6. Hey Doll..... Your prep looks awesome... I love dal in any form & prep.....

    I wanted to know something.... Is masoor dal unhealthy, because many say so.... & I keep a mix of toor & masoor together & my dal everyday is prepared with the same mix.... So I was just wondering & worrying too.... :-(

    Any help, I would be glad....& yes, lovely pics.... Dal came ALIVE....


  7. This is creamy and in a perfect texture.

  8. your dal looks smooth, hearty and delicious Dolly!!!
    I love the addition of amchur powder in this preparartion!! substituting the usual spinach with escarole is an excellent idea!!!

    this dal, some rice, ghee and a nice hot pickle would be my ideal dinner!!! have a nice day dear !!!

  9. Thanks Dolly for your lovely comment in my space. Hope to see you there more often :-)
    Thanks for sharing this healthy dal version. Nice click too.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. Dolly learnt about something new..had never heard about escarole...sounds really healthy:)

  11. never heard of Escarole..thanks for sharing Dolly..I love greens in my daal too :-)

  12. Healthy and delicious dal..Great idea!

  13. Colourful and delicious dal...

  14. Thanks a lot everyone for appreciating this Masoor dal and Escarole combination.
    @Ash- I grew up eating Masoor dal and I do cook it a lot. I did try to google and find out if its unhealthy for you to just eat masoor dal and could'nt find anything which says so.But I'l keep this Masoor dal quest going on until I can find a satisfying explanation for ur fear of just eating masoor dal by itself. Anyone has an explanation please feel free to enlighten us..

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