Thursday, December 11, 2008

Watercress Paruppu Kadaiyal

Watercress is an aquatic weed, can get them very easily in chinese stores, i tried it out as usual keerai kadaiyal...i really couldnt found out difference between our usual keerai kadaiyal n this dish with these watercress ...they are very rich in vitamin A n C...watercress r known as Cresson in French..These plants are members of the Family Brassicaceae or cabbage family, botanically related to garden cress and mustard — all noteworthy for a peppery, tangy flavour.The hollow stems of watercress are floating and the leaves are pinnately compound. Watercresses produce small white and green flowers in clusters.

1 bunch Water cress greens
3/4 cup Split moongdal
1 no Onion chopped roughly
1/2 no Tomato pieces chopped roughly
5 nos Garlic pods
2 nos Green chillies (slit open)
1tsp Vadagam r mustard seed n urad dal
2 nos Red chillies
Oil for tempering
Salt as per taste

Just remove the edges of the watercress stems n yellowish leaves n wash them thoroughly n keep aside. Heat 2 cups of water in a heavy bottomed pan, meanwhile wash thoroughly the moong dal n keep aside, add the washed moongdal to the hot water n cook for a while in medium flame, now add the roughly chopped onion followed by tomatoes, garlic pods n slit opened green chillies n close the lid n put the flame in simmer, after a while once the dal n veggies r well cooked add the well washed n roughly chopped watercress green n cook them for a while..

As the watercress contains enough water n the stems r hollow, they will get cooked very easily, check whether they r cooked n put off the stove..heat the oil in a pan , once the oil is hot..add the vadagam r mustard seeds n urad dal n let the splutters, add the red chillies n fry them well, add this to the well cooked greens as well as the salt n mash them with a food processor r with a hand blender, will be very much perfect with a masher( mathu) as i dont have, i used hand blender..

Serve hot with rice n ghee (optional)..Enjoyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!

On the way to Eat Healthy - During Pregnancy by Sangeeth..


Finla said... Reply To This Comment

Hey it isreallyclever using watercress for the dal.

Mahimaa's kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

very healthy recipe.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Iknow about watercress but never tryed hummmm will try now

Cham said... Reply To This Comment

Watercress with dhal sounds delicious

CurryLeaf said... Reply To This Comment

never ever used the watercres.Lovely

Priya Suresh said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks to all for leaving ur kind comments..