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Cinnamon for health
The bark of the cinnamon tree has been used as a spice since ages. The sweet, fragrant spice is widely used as a powder in curries. Top your shakes and salads with a sprinkling of cinnamon powder for flavour.

We bring you some nutritious recipes in which the spice has been used.

Try this healthy lemon dal for dinner.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup - moong dal
1 tsp - chopped ginger
1/4 tsp - turmeric powder
1 - potato
2 - onions
2 - green chillies
1/2 tsp - cumin seeds
Curry leaves, a few
2 - tomatoes
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp - sambar powder
1 - lemon
Coriander leaves, a few
1& 1/2 tbsp - oil

For grinding:
1 1/2 tbsp - grated coconut
1/2 tsp - poppy seeds (Kasa kasa)
1/4 tsp - fennel (sombu)
1/2 inch piece - cinnamon
2 - cloves

Method:

Squeeze the lemon and extract the juice and keep it aside.
Clean the dal and pressure cook it with ginger and turmeric powder.
Mash the dal to a nice paste after it is cooked in cooker.
Pressure cook potato and peel the skin and slice it to smaller pieces after it is cooked
Finely chop the onions and keep it aside
Finely chop the tomatoes and keep it aside
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add poppy seeds, fennel, cinnamon, cloves and fry for a minute and add it to a mixer along with grated coconut
Finely grind the ingredients in the mixer to a nice paste add when the oil is hot, add cumin seeds.
When the cumin seeds starts to sputter, add chopped green chilli, curry leaves and onion and fry till the onion becomes transparent.
When the onion is cooked, add chopped tomatoes and when the tomatoes are cooked completely, add mashed dal, ground masala paste, salt, sambar powder and mix well
Add necessary water to make it to dal consistency
When the dal starts to boil, remove from flame and add coriander leaves and lemon juice and stir well
The delicious lemon dal is ready to serve with Chapti/Roti/Veg pulo.

Recipe & image courtesy: Subbuskitchen
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