Dill leaves have anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties. It contains no cholesterol, is low in calories, and helps lower cholesterol levels. I have only seen this leaf in the markets of metro cities. It has a unique flavor. It can be mixed in certain dosa batters (like akki roti). Here is a simple and tasty subzi using dill leaves. Dill leaves are called sabbasige soppu in Kannada, sada kuppi in Tamil, and Sathakuppa in Malayalam. I really wonder why it is not cultivated widely. Because of its medicinal properties, it is used in Ayurveda.
Dill Leaves (cleaned, washed, chopped) – 3 tightly packed cups
Split mung dal – 2 tbsp
Onion – 1 medium sized
Garlic cloves – 2
Green chilies – 3
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
Cooking Oil – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Method: Soak split mung dal in water for 2 hours. Soaking is optional. You can directly wash and cook the mung dal. Be careful not to overcook the mung dal. Do not let the dal get mashed. In low fire, this would take about 5 mins. Turn off, drain any water, and keep aside. Chop, garlic, green chilies, and onion separately. Discard the stems, use only the leaves. Clean, wash, and chop the dill leaves.
Place a pan on fire (Use iron kadai to get maximum health benefit), add oil and mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter, add chopped garlic. Saute until garlic turns color. Add chopped green chillies and onion. Cook until onion turns pink. Turn off the fire, add chopped dill leaves and stir. Do not cook the dill leaves in fire because that will diminish its flavor and goodness. Heat in the iron kadai is enough to cook the dill leaves. Keep covered for a minute or two. Mix cooked mung dal. Garnish with coconut. Serve along with rice or roti.
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very nice dal recipe. In Maharashtra, we make dill leaves vegetable or shepuchi bhaji in a same manner like this.