“This dal is our comfort food and is considered tri-doshic in Ayurveda—meaning it’s calming to all three constitutions, or mind-body types. It’s especially beneficial in early spring because it’s warming—with ginger, cumin, and coriander—and it eases lingering winter sluggishness or mild illness with anti-inflammatory turmeric. Plus, the bitter greens and herbs are detoxifying and can help prepare your body for the upcoming shift in season.”
2/3 cup (145 g) mung dal (split mung beans) without skin
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp ghee, divided
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tbsp coriander seeds
½ tbsp cumin seeds
2/3 cup basmati rice (or 2–4 roti)
1 tsp sea salt or rock salt
2 cups baby spinach, baby kale, or thinly sliced kale or chard
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp ginger root, finely shredded or minced
½–1 tsp serrano pepper, seeded, minced (optional)
2 tbsp cilantro or parsley, minced
1. Sort, rinse, and drain dal. In a heavy 3-quart saucepan, bring mung dal, 1 tsp ghee, turmeric, and 6 cups water to a full boil over high heat. Reduce to medium-low, cover tightly, and simmer until fully cooked and soft, 1 hour. Remove from heat. (For pressure cooking, combine ingredients and 5 ½ cups water in a 6-quart pressure cooker, cover, and cook for 25 minutes. Remove from heat; let the pressure drop on its own.)
2. Meanwhile, slowly dry-roast the coriander and cumin seeds in a heavy iron-clad frying pan over medium-low heat until fragrant and slightly darker in color, 8 minutes. Remove, and coarsely crush with a mortar and pestle, kitchen mallet, or rolling pin.
3. Cook rice according to package directions (if using).
4. Add roasted spices and salt to dal. Beat with a wire whisk or rotary beater until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Add in the greens, and let wilt.
5. Heat remaining 1 tbsp ghee and oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ginger and serrano (if using), and fry until ginger is golden, 1–2 minutes, then pour into soup. Cover immediately, and let seasonings soak into dal for 2 minutes. Sprinkle in cilantro or parsley, and serve with rice or roti.
- Serving Size: 307
- Carbohydrate Content: 44 g
- Fat Content: 9 g
- Fiber Content: 6 g
- Protein Content: 11 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 4 g
- Sodium Content: 612 mg