Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spinach Lentil Curry ~ Palak ka saalan and some humor

My cousin R sent me an email that contained this humorous piece in it.I completely enjoyed it and thought my readers may like it too !


A woman writes to the IT Technical support Guy

Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and I noticed a distinct slowdown in the overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewellery applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as
Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NEWS 5.0, MONEY 3.0 and CRICKET 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.

Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?


____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __


DEAR Madam,

First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme. Html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.
If that application works as designed, Husband1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewellery 2.0 and Flowers 3.5..

However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Silence 2.5 or Beer 6.1.
Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta.

Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)

In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly.
You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance.
We recommend: Cooking 3.0 and Good Looks 7.7.

Good Luck Madam!

Cool huh, I sure enjoyed a good laugh when I read this piece. Let me know what you all think about it :-)

Moving on, Mughlai cuisine rarely finds a place in my kitchen because all that cream and butter does not quite fit in with my regular cooking. That said, on a spur I picked up Nita Mehta's Mughlai Vegetarian cooking when I visited India last time, hoping I may get around to trying something from that book. Yes, I know,  mostly it was just wishful thinking :-)

Anyway one of the recipes that appealed to me from that cookbook was this simple spinach curry called palak ka saalan. This recipe below is my adaptation of the recipe I found in the book. The curry turned out to be simple,tasty and quick to make. Try this if you like spinach and are looking for something simple to go with Roti ( Indian flat bread) or even plain rice.

 Spinach Lentil curry ~ Palak ka Saalan | Veg Inspirations

Click here for a printable view of this recipe

Ingredients and Method to make Palak ka saalan
1/2 cup Split chick pea lentil ( Chana dhal/ kadalai parappu) soaked in water for 30 minutes
1 large onion cut fine (pyaaz/ vengayam)
2 medium tomatoes cut fine (tamatar/ thakkali)
4 cups spinach leaves cut fine(palak/ keerai)
1/2 tsp minced ginger (adrak/ inji)
2 green chilies slit lengthwise and cut fine (or to taste) (hara mirch/ pachai molagai)
1 tbsp oil
3/4 tsp coriander powder ( dhania)
1/2 tsp red chili powder (or to taste) (optional) (lal mirch)
1/2 tsp garam masala (My recipe for garam masala can be found here ) (can be substituted with any other curry powder)
salt to taste (namak/ uppu)
1/2 cup water

Soak chana dhal in water for about 30 minutes.

Cook the chana dhal either in the pressure cooker or on stove top or microwave until soft. Refer to this post for steps to cook lentils in different ways. Keep cooked lentils aside

Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan, add onions and saute until onions are transparent.

Add ginger and green chillies and stir a few times. Add tomatoes and stir until tomatoes cook and become soft and mushy.

Add coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala and stir a few times.

Add finely cut spinach, salt to taste, water and let spinach cook for a few minutes.

When spinach is cooked, mash half the lentils and add to the spinach. And add the balance of lentils without mashing. Mix well and heat for a few minutes for the flavors to blend.

Serve hot with Roti of choice or Plain rice

Serves approximately 2 to 3


You can mash all the lentils and add to spinach too, I just mash half to give it a little texture.


Myvegfare said...

Hi, usha, One of my friends sent that to me to, it's a really good one!!, But, the best is your spinach lentil curry and the lovely chaptais beside, and the lovley picture awesome!!!

Archana said...

Like the look of this palak saalan..must try..

FH said...

LOL! Usha, are you talking about my husband there? :P

Spinach dal is fab, looks great with chapatis, makes a healthy combo.

Rajee Mani said...

Thats a funny one Usha. I am sure going to circulate it amongst my friends :-) Lovely palak as well. Almost similar to the one we make except we dont use garam masala.

indosungod said...

I have seen this before but is a fun read every time.
Delicious curry. Spinach bean combination is a winner every time.
Looked like black eyed peas at first sight, and I guess that would work well as well.

Deepa G Joshi said...

hehhehe..that was funnyy...

The palak salan looks really delicious..makes good with hot chappatis..

Unknown said...

Channa dhal with spinach sounds a healthy side dish!

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

thats hilarious Usha!loved this. the dal palak looks great too. one of my fav but never made this way. would try sometimes.

Finla said...

Loved reading this, and i have this huge grin on my face right now.

SE said...

very very funny...very healthy spinach dal..its same here with moghlai cooking no place except for biryani's !!

Devasena Hariharan said...

u look lot of healthy ones!

Soma Pradhan said...

This curry looks amazing

Priya Suresh said...

Thats really very funny, cant stop laughing...SPinach dal looks fantabulous and healthy, goes awesome with rotis..

Rachana said...

That was funny!!!! The Spinach Lentil Curry looks simply yummy with those rotis behind:)

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious healthy entry...nice click

suvaiyaana suvai said...

healthy side dish!

Vaishali Sharma said...

Haha....funny article :). dish looks yummy n healthy!

Sowjanya@Ruchikacooks said...

Classic :)

I am laughing as I read it , thought of sending it to you know who, but sighed that it is never going to have the same effect or work to my benefit ;) I am going to send it to my gal pals, hope you dont mind.

Dal and chapatis, any day..

Veggie Hut said...

one of my friend had fprwarded that peice to me.. it is indeed funny.. dish looks gr8.. lovely pic

kitchen queen said...

the palak ka salan looks very delicious authentic and yum.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Hey too gud! loved reading this post...
This spinach curry looks fabulous! healthy n tasty!

Latha said...

love spinach any day. I have that book also.

Simplyfood said...

lolz so funny good joke!! The spinach dish looks lovely and delicious and nice click too.

Cham said...

I got this one in mail! Good one!
The spinach and lentil look good for roti!

Vaishali said...

This sounds amazingly healthy, Usha. I am a fan of Mughlai cuisine too, but as you point out, it can be heavy on the fat. You've got such a refreshing and healthy take on the recipe!
Funny story too :)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Ha ha ha very funny....

The combo of palak ka saalan and soft chapatis looks delicious da:)

Nandinis food said...

I can't control my smile:)))))))
Healthy and fantastic combo!!!!!

Shri said...

It is a great one..and the curry looks very omforting!

Unknown said...

thats a funny bit usha..loved reading it..
Saalan looks healthy and delicious..

Gita Jaishankar said...

I too read this joke Usha...funny one! Interesting dish, vegetarian Mughlai! I have to try this :)

Uma said...

Hi Usha,
first time here.. enjoyed reading this post.. i am not a palak fan but ur salaan looks inviting.. mus try.. i'll be following for such healthy recipes.

Soma said...


Another spinach lentil variation. will try this spicy one next time.


Swapna said...

Hi Usha,
I tried this recipe last night. I substituted the daal with black eyed peas and it came out just awesome. Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try other recipes too.

sushmita pandit said...

So funny Husband 1.0.... Nice Recipe :-)

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