Friday, April 21, 2006

Romaine Lettuce Dal

Lettuce Pappu
Romaine Lettuce:
Romaine Lettuce:[ roh-MAYN ] said to have originated on the Aoegean island of Cos,so it is also called Cos lettuce. Romaine's elongated head has dark green outer leaves that lighten to pale celadon in the center. The leaves are crisp and slightly bitter and the crunchy midrib is particularly succulent.

The leafy green vegetable is used in salads, cooked vegetable dishes, and is commonly used on sandwiches,burgers etc.

How to buy
When purchasing lettuce, look for freshness, selecting lettuce that does not have wilted and discolored leaves.

To store lettuce, wash the lettuce and dry the leaves with paper towels, seal or wrap it securely in plastic and place it in the coolest part of the refrigerator, which is generally located in the rear and lowest shelf section of the refrigerator.Keep away from Apples, as ethylene gas they give off will turn the romaine brown.

Like all lettuces romaine has a vary high water content and very few calories(about 10 calories per cup). Generally, the darker the green, the more vitamins and minerals (beta-carotene, calcium and iron, etc.) So it should be no surprise that romaine is the most nutritious of all lettuces. Romaine is an excellent source of vitamin C (more than 5 times that of iceberg lettuce).
Actually,We bought it for doing salad but i tried it with dal and it came out with good taste, so we both enjoyed our afternoon meal with this delicious and nutricious dal along with salted fried chillies and vadiyams.

Romaine Lettuce - 3 leaves
Toor dal(Kandi Pappu) - 1cup
Onion - 1,finely chopped
Tomato - 1,chopped
Greenchillies - 2 no
Garlic - 3 pods,crushed
Coriander leaves - 2sprigs, chopped
For Seasoning:
Mustard seeds(Aavalu) - 1tsp
Cumin seeds(Jeera/jeelakarra) - 1 tspn
Turmeric pwd - 1/2 tspn
Asafoetida(Inguva/Hing)- 1pinch
Redchilli pwd(Optional), Salt to taste.

Boil Toor dal and keep it aside.Heat 1 tspn of oil in the pan ,add mustard seeds.Musatrd seeds start splutters then add jeera,hing and fry upto jeera changes goldenbrown color.Now add garlic,chopped onions fry till Onions become soft.Add chopped tomato and saute for 2 miniutes.
Add lettuce leaves,green chillies,turmeric to the pan and stir for 2 minute and pour 2cups of water and keep lid on the pan.Cook for 7 minutes and add boiled Toordal,Salt to it.Mix well with laddle and cook for another 7 minutes in medium flame.Garnish with corinder leaves and serve hot with steaming Rice, Sailu's" Uppumirapakayalu" and with "Papads".
See for variety of dals from Priya's Everyday dal and Indira's Menthikoora Pappu


Tanuja said...

Nice recipe Vineela, Thanks for introducing new greens in indian style.

wadiyala stick channa bhagundi:)

Ashwini said...

What a lovely twist to our old dal. Nice photo Vineela

LERA said...

hey,The string of vadiyams are so colourful & cute !

sailu said...

Good post,Vineela!Healthy and colorful food pics..:)

Santhi said...

never thought of combining dal and romaine lettuce...
Nice indianized lettuce recipe vineela. Perfect fusion.

Priya said...

Romaine lettuce in dal is a lovely idea, i never thought of it. I love those finger fries ( i dont know what the right name ? ) When i was a kid i used to line it up in my finger when i have lunch,eat one sponn and pop one fries into my mouth :)

Lakshmi said...

nice post and a very nice picture, Vineela. My mother sometimes make this Cabbage Pappu, but slightly different style. Even that tastes good.

Indira said...

Wow, I'll certainly try this recipe, Vineela.
How did the dal taste? Is it little bit sweet because of romaine lettuce?

Love the string of colorful vadiyams.:)

RP said...

I didn't know we could cook with lettuce. I have only used it in burgers and salads. Sounds yummy.

KrishnaArjuna said...

Hmm, never thought of making dal with lettuce, nice recipe!

gini said...

How did it taste? That was a creative thought...gotta try this!

Garam Masala said...

Now thats extreme creativity. Gosh, desi foodosphere is truly bursting with creative energies.

Just lovely, vineela. I would love to try this out. Some way to get different kinds of greens in our diets. So you haven't answered previous queries? How did it taste?

Vineela said...

Hi to all,
Thank you.
It tastes like mild spinach.Green chillies,tomato will give more taste to any kind of dal .
Thats it.

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sri said...

When did you add the Tomato Vineela gaaru???

Vineela said...

Thank you sri.
I corrected the post.