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Simple beet greens dal
By : Dhivya Karthik
Category : Health food, Vegetables
Servings : 4
Time Taken : 15-30 mins
Rating :
  1. Dry roast the lentils in med-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until aromatic and lightly reddish. This step is OPTIONAL
  2. Pressure cook these for about 3 whistles with 3 cups of water along with turmeric powder.
  3. Takes around 10-12 minutes.
  4. While that`s cooking, prepare the beet greens.
  5. Chop off the tops from the beets.
  6. Give the leaves a good rinse with cold water.
  7. Break off (or cut with a knife) the hard stems from the leaves.
  8. If the beets are fresh and young, the stems will be tender and you can use them in your cooking.
  9. Chop them finely along with your greens. Chop the greens coarsely.
  10. Now wash these greens once again in water. Drain.
  11. Meanwhile in a saute pan, prepare the tempering.
  12. Heat 2 tsp of oil (or ghee or mix of both) and then add mustard.
  13. Once it starts popping, add the black gram. When it turns brown, add the chopped onions.
  14. Give it a quick stir for 1 minute and then add the tomatoes.
  15. Add salt and cook until its soft Add the chopped greens to it.
  16. In about 2 minutes, the leaves will wilt.
  17. Reduce the heat to low.
  18. Take the cooked lentils from the pressure cooker, and add it to the greens.
  19. Mix until combined.
  20. You can add another 1 cup water to this or as required for your preferred consistency.
  21. The lentils take on a beautiful pink color thanks to the beet greens.
  22. Squeeze fresh lemons towards the end of the cooking to taste and to aid the absorption of iron.
  23. Serve warm with roti, parathas or steamed rice.


1 cup Moong dal/Green mung beans - skinned and split
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 med-large Onion, chopped
2 med-large Tomatoes, chopped
1 inch Ginger, peeled and chopped finely
Beet Greens from beet bunch of 6
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Urad Dal (black gram, skinned and split)
1-2 green chillies, as per taste
Lemon juice (fresh) to taste
Salt to taste
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