Bassatta Salagne aka Palak Dal
“Today we are going to make Bassatta Salagne. It is an Indian type of food. It is a bit like the Lasagne which we eat during weekdays. It is eaten only on weekends. Mom and Dad say it is very good for you and it takes 255 years to prepare this dish!
Ingredients: Spinach,Tomatoes,Water in the beginning and little water in the end and lots and lots of Ingredients from the kitchen shelf.
Method: In a pan add all the ingredients and keep stirring. Pan can be very hot. So ask a grown-up to help you. When it is ready it smells Yummm…”
And now my version of the Bassatta Salagne. It is an Indian type of food and sounds like Lasagne when called Bassatta Salagne. Otherwise it is called Palak Dal. It’s eaten on most weekends at our place and it takes only 20 minutes to prepare. When you are eagerly waiting to open a gift and Mom asks you to wait for 20 minutes to allow her to finish cooking, it can appear as though it takes 255 years to prepare this dish!
Spinach – 1 cup finely chopped, Moong Daal – 3/4 th Cup, Tomato – 1 large, Onions – 1 large finely chopped, Garlic -1 t0 2 cloves finely chopped , Ginger Garlic paste – 1 Tsp, Corinader powder – 1 Tsp, Cumin Powder – 1 Tsp, Garam Masala – 1 Tsp, Oil – 2 Tbsp, Asafoetida – a pinch, Salt to taste
- Boil Moong Dal in a pressure cooker. Keep aside.
- In a pan heat 1 tsp oil. Add cumin seeds. When it splutters add onion and sauté till brown.
- Add Ginger Garlic paste and fry for a second. Add all the spice powders.
- Next add tomatoes and fry till they are soft and mushy. Add spinach and fry till it is cooked.
- Add boiled Moong Daal. Add water as required to get the desired consistency. Bring it to a boil.
Heat oil in a pan. Add finely chopped onion and garlic, asafoetida, mustard seeds and cumin seeds and when mustard seeds begin to splutter and onions are fried, add it to dal.
Basically when I was cooking this morning Bambi wanted me to help her open a new Doll which Preeth bought for her yesterday. I asked her to allow me 20 minutes to finish cooking and suggested that she could help me in the meantime. Bambi very enthusiastically asked me what I was preparing and how it is being prepared and the next thing I heard was this recipe video of the Bassatta Salagne!