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Indian Spiced Chana Dal and Chard in the Pressure Cooker
Course: Main Course
  • 1 bunch of chard stems removed and chopped, leaves sliced in 1/4" ribbons
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin whole and toasted
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Onion chopped
  • Diced tomatoes 14 oz can drained
  • 1 1/2 chana dal rinsed and soaked for 2 hours
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water
  1. Toast or sauté whole cumin seeds briefly in pressure cooker until fragrant, stirring constantly
  2. Add stems and onions, sauté until soft
  3. Add spices and garlic, sauté until fragrant
  4. Add chana dal, chard leaves, water, and salt
  5. Close pressure cooker and bring to high pressure.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes, then release pressure. (If not using a pressure cooker, simmer for 30 minutes or until dal is tender)
  7. Stir in tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste.