Stir fried garlic - y turnip greens and the yellow lentil soup / dals
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2
Turnip greens are just stir fried in mustard oil tempered with red chilies, garlic and sometimes onion seeds or chopped them roughly and use in your lentil soup / dal recipes
  • 1 bunch : Turnip greens (fresh)
  • 4-5 : Whole Red chilies (kashmiri or bydagi / cayenne peppers)
  • 6-8 cloves : Garlic + more (if required)
  • 1 tsp : Onion seeds (kalonji)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp : Mustard oil or any other cooking oil
  1. Wash and roughly chopped the turnip greens and diced nicely the stalk too.
  2. Place in a colander for 15 -20 minutes to drain the excess water .
  3. Heat a pan and add the mustard oil, heat the oil till it reaches the smoking point.
  4. Temper the oil with onion seeds.
  5. Add the cloves of the garlic and the whole red chilies.
  6. Let it fry till the garlic get the burnt hue and red chilies should become crispy.
  7. Once done leave it aside.
  8. In a separate pan add the turnip greens and cook till all the water evaporates.
  9. Now reheat slightly the tempered oil with garlic and add it to the turnip greens.
  10. Stir fried them on high heat till the greens comes together, it will take some 10-15 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle salt over it and stir fry it further till done.
  12. If requires drizzle few drops of hot mustard oil over it.
  13. Serve it hot with steamed rice and a little bit of kasundi / mustard sauce with it.
To use the turnip greens in your lentil soup or dal recipes, saute them lightly before adding it to the lentils. This recipe contains no spice at all. The burnt garlic and the crispy fried red chilies heighten its smoky flavor. It is best suited with mustard oil, but if you are not comfortable with it, you can use any other cooking oil. If using mustard oil, then heat the oil till its smoking point to reduce the pungency of the oil. The dish depicted in the photograph (first one) is just half way of cooking, the complete dish will look more like a mass of greens. This has been done just for photography purposes.
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