Ever since I read on Mythreyee's Paajaka that this Spinach Dal is Shri Raghavendra Swami's favorite I have also begun making it every Thursday.
Here's how I make it:
1 cup cooked mung and tur dals (I usually mix the two equally, add a few methi seeds and pressure cook these)
1 cup frozen chopped spinach
For the tempering - 2 tsp canola oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp asafotida, 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp udad dal, 1 dry red chilli broken into 2-3 pieces.
1 tsp sambar pwd
1 tsp cumin pwd
1 tsp coriander pwd
1/4 to 1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
2 tbsp jaggery
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tsp salt or to taste
Heat the oil. Add the mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the cumin seeds, asafotida, chana dal, udad dal and dry red chilli. Fry 2 -3 mins. Then add the spinach and saute 2 -3 mins. Add the cooked dal, salt, jaggery, tamarind and all other spices. Add enough water to get the desired consistency. Boil well. Serve hot with rice and/or rotis.
This is a very simple, healthy dal.