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Spinach Dal (for MSC)

A traditional Indian dish based on lentils. Each version is different, depending on ingredients and spices used. This one adds spinach at the end for some color and extra nutrients.



1          tablespoon ghee* or unsalted butter

¼         teaspoon ground turmeric

1         teaspoon (decrease to 1/2 teaspoon for MSC-400 model) ground cumin

2          teaspoons (decrease to 1 teaspoon for MSC-400 model) garam masala**

1          1-inch piece of ginger (decrease to 1/2-inch piece for MSC-400 model), peeled and finely chopped

1          medium onion (use 1 small onion for MSC-400 model), peeled and chopped

1         jalapeño (decrease to 1/2 jalapeño for MSC-400 model) , seeded and finely chopped

4          garlic cloves (decrease to 2 cloves for MSC-400 model), finely chopped

1 1/2          teaspoons (decrease to 1 teaspoon for MSC-400 model) kosher salt

3          cups (decrease to 2 cups for MSC-400 model) red lentils

1          large dried chile, left whole

7          cups (decrease to 4 cups for MSC-400 model) water

8          ounces fresh spinach (decrease to 5 ounces, or 1 standard small container, for MSC-400 model)


1.  Put the ghee into the cooking pot of the Multicooker set to Brown/Sauté at 350°F. Once ghee melts, add the turmeric, cumin and garam masala. Sauté spices until fragrant, about 2 to 5 minutes. Add ginger, onion, jalapeño and garlic to the pot and sauté vegetables until soft and fragrant, an additional 2 to 5 minutes.

2.  Add the salt, lentils, chile and water to the pot; cover and switch the unit to Slow Cook on Low for 2 hours (for the MSC-600) or 4 hours (for the MSC-400).

3.  When unit switches to Keep Warm, stir in spinach so that it wilts just before serving.

4.  Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Stir in additional hot water or broth if a thinner consistency is desired.

*A kind of clarified butter that can be purchased in Indian markets and gourmet and natural food shops.

**An Indian blend of spices that can be purchased in Indian markets and gourmet and natural food shops.

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Makes about 9 cups (for MSC-600); Makes about 6 cups (for MSC-400)

Nutritional Information
Per Serving

Nutritional information per serving (1 cup):
Calories 265 (11% from fat) • carb. 41g • pro. 19g
• fat 3g • sat. fat 1g • chol. 5mg • sod. 414mg
• calc. 65mg • fiber 11g

This recipe can be prepared using the following Cuisinart® products:
3-in-1 Multicooker
3-in-1 Cook Central®

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