Kalmi Shaak/ Water Spinach Sprinkled with Moong Daal

Kalmi Saag is a leafy vegetable. It is mostly found in wetlands and consumed during the summers as it is known to have a soothing effect on body during the hot and dry weather.This is a simple recipe of the Kalmi Saag that I often make with Moong Dal to serve as a first course food item with steamed rice, preferably at lunch.

Ingredients –

• Kalmi Saag – 2 bunches
• Moong Dal (about 2-3 dinner spoons)
• Oil (1 dinner spoon)
• Cumin Seeds (1 teaspoon)
• Dried Red chillies (1/2)
• Sugar — to taste
• Salt — to taste

• Dry roast moong daal, and soak for a few hours.
• Wash the greens and chop them.
• Now heat oil.
• Temper with cumin seeds and dried red chili.
• Now add the greens and stir well.
• Add turmeric powder, salt and green chilies.
• When the greens are half way cooked, strain the lentils and add them to the pan.
• At this point there would be water in the pan since the greens would give out water.
• The lentils would get cooked in it.
• Keep stirring.
• Add sugar — this would be a little sweetish to taste.
• Once the water gets evaporated turn off heat.
• Give it some standing time before you serve it with steamed rice.

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