Khadi Masoor ki Dal~Chard wali

Every person has his own share of ups and downs that he or she has to go through in their life. And these phases teach a lot. Life goes on, and the hope for a better tomorrow is what keeps everyone going. I am back to blogging after a much needed short break الحمد لله.

Gorgeous Red Swiss Chard Leaves

The other day, when I was grocery shopping I couldn’t resist buying a big bunch of pretty ruby red swiss chard leaves. These earthy, slightly salty tasting greens that hail from Sicily are a chock-full of fantastic antioxidants and a rich source of Vitamin C. The leaves are a relative of beets family which is clearly evident with the resemblance in the appearance, and the earthy taste they share with beet greens.

I added these beautiful leaves to Masoor dal, making a slight variation to the usual Khadi dal that I keep preparing. Substitue chard with any greens that you can get your hands on like spinach, kale, collards, or mustard greens if you want.

Khadi Masoor ki Dal~Chard wali – Red Chard Dal


Ruby Red Swiss Chard – 1 big bunch (comes to 6 cups of chopped and loosely packed leaves+stems)
Tomatoes – 5, medium sized, chopped
Red Chilli powder – 2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Green chillies – 4, each slit into two
Masoor dal – 1 cup, washed and drained

Red Swiss Chard Dal served along with Tala-hua Gosht and Chawal : my lunch today


Wash, drain and cut the chard into strips. Chop up the stems finely. In a pressure cooker, add the chopped chard leaves+stems and add add the chopped tomatoes and 1/2 cup water. Add salt, red chilli powder, green chillies, turmeric powder and mix well. Close the lid and pressure cook on medium high heat for 5-10 minutes. Later, open the lid and add the dal and mix well. Again pressure cook for 5-10 minutes until the dal is soft but not mushy or over done. Serve warm along with chawal or parathas.

Note: People who tend to develop oxalate containing kidney stones should eat greens including Swiss Chard sparingly.

Red Chard wali Dal is my contribution to the food event – Health Nut Challenge 4 : Bitter Better Health, being held at Yasmeen’s super blog~Healthnut, and also to the event ‘Delicious Dals from India’ being hosted by Suma at her blog Veggie Platter.


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39 Responses to “Khadi Masoor ki Dal~Chard wali”

  1. i glad u came back.i have been recently introduced to this site.i recently moved to USA and i must admit dis site has been my savior and to all hyderabadi boys away from home.
    Thank u very much Mona.

  2. Mona, I hope now you feel revived after a break. 🙂
    I love the 1st pic of ruby red swiss chard leaves. How beautiful the color is! i never have had tried this greens in my kitchen though. I shall go for it now. Thanks for sharing such a simple dish. 🙂

  3. Mona, welcome back. Every body needs to be go with what life teaches us on it’s way. Hope all is fine at ur end. Dal looks healthy and thats a good info.Keep rocking !!!

  4. Mona, hope everything is okay! I love chard, it looks great and it is yummy too. 🙂

  5. Welcome back!
    This is an interesting twist on Daal – never thought of adding swiss chard! Looks really good!

  6. Welcome back Mona, that a healthy, nutritious and fabulous daal with chard..

  7. ASAK Mona,

    Alhamdulillah im happy to see you bounce back.Allah is great! You are doing a fabulous job earning thawab-e-jariyah all the time that your recipes save our day 🙂

  8. Welcome back Mona. This is a lovely dish, the chards look so fresh and colorful.

  9. Salams 🙂
    Just found your blog and think its awesome. There are so many things here that I can make for my husband and his family (who are pakistani). I am just going to spend some time browsing around here for some good recipes to steal 😉
    *kisses* HH

  10. Mona, welcome back! I tried green chard but not the red one. I think it is about time I try the red swiss chard as well.. Can I substitute masoor dal with toor dal?

    Usha, yes you can. But I would prefer Masoor dal. ~Mona

  11. Mashallah ur website is so i dont need to call my home back in India to ask any of the hyderabadi recipes..Alhamdulillah i get everything here and i dont even have to surf other websites..everything under one roof..Jazak allah khair u save our lot of time..i really pray for u and ur family`s well being

  12. assalamualaikum…
    happy to see you back…
    was waiting eagerly for your mails…
    thanks a lot..

  13. missing u a lot

  14. Pleae forward some to make AMBADA ki Bhaji since it is not available here in Toronto what will be the nearest substitute.



    Zaheer, Ambada is not available in Toronto. I miss it dearly too. I do not think there is any substitute to its exact taste. One advise I can give you is – when you visit India, or are able to buy desi greens like Ambada or Chukka, etc in bulk, blanch the leaves, then shape them into small patties, later completely dry them in strong sun and store in a dry place, so that you can use it whenever you wish. ~Mona

  15. So good to see you back my friend.I love this chard wali dal 😀

  16. shukar hai, ur back with fab dishes Hope u enjoyed ur break we missed ur dishes

  17. Hope things are better Mona, whatever the situation is.
    Tell u what though, I could stare at those gorgeous chard leaves for hours! I hardly ever buy them because I’m unsure how to use them in desi recipes … but thks to you, now I do 🙂

  18. Askm Mona, Welcome back! Pray everything is fine with you and family. AH.

  19. mahejabeen Says:

    asak ,
    welcome back mona , was missing your dishes.Hope everything is fine at your end .

  20. My favorite dal. and what a lovely way to have it!

  21. Welcome back mona … we all need the much needed break and retreat to cope with everyday life. Hope all is well now !!. Trust in ur self mona.. Very often we can find answers within ourselves when i am in a crisis.
    I had somebody visiting me last week and i made palak pakodi with til chutney from ur recipe and it was such a hit!!. Loved it so much that imade it twice already this week. Thank u for the great recipe.
    This dal looks comforting….
    take care!

  22. good to see you back and hope everything is alright you sound so sad…I wish you all happiness..mail me

  23. hello Mona,
    Welcome back and good to see u r mails.Hope everything is fine with u. All the Best.

  24. Yum, fresh greens are the best! Lovely recipe 🙂

  25. Welcome back Mona! I hope that you break was restful.

  26. Assalamualaikum
    Much happy to see u back.Hope you had a sound break.I have tried many of ur recpies which i have never made and alhumdullilah they turned out well.Thanks a lot Mona for ur delicious recipies.Was eagerly waiting to see u again.

  27. Mona,
    I was really missing you.Aren’t you lucky to have so many fans.I pray to Allah to protect you from all evil eyes.

  28. Assalamu-alaikum Mona,
    How are you? It’s good to see you back here. Btw, I was going trough your nihari recipe page and saw a lot of people mentioning chaakna. I don’t want to sound ignorant, but what the heck is it?! 🙂 I’m a true blue Hyderabadi but somehow never came across this dish(at least not consciously!).

    WaAlaiKumAsSalaam Nabeela, Alhamdulillah I am doing good. Chaakna is a Hyderabadi stew kind of preparation made with sheep tripe and other parts. One of the readers of my blog had shared with me her recipe for Chaakna, you can go through it here. ~Mona

  29. Asalaamz mona sab se pehele i pray Allah that you are fine….you sound very sad after a break waise sab khush hote hain after a break…… everything allright dear..kya huwa mona HUM SAB APKE SATH HAIN khana peena tou hota rahega aap apna bahut saaara khayal rakhna.. is ur health fine i am worried dear…. missing u a lot…every day i used to misss u please do mail me and let me why u sound so dulll……..ALLAH APKE SATH HAI ……AUR MAINE BHI …MISSSED U A LOT LOVE U BYE

  30. assk mona
    good to see u are back. hope u r doing fine now inshlh
    and all ur problems are resolved now.
    missed u and ur site alot.
    i shall pray for u and ur family.pls take care.
    the dal sure looks good. reminds of ambade ki katli, i make many times at my place. alhdlh i get amdada at times at my place in usa and i freeze it after pressurecooking the leaves for 5 mnts.

    hope to see more recipes from u soon.

  31. Very delicious and tempting 🙂

  32. Mona, hope everything is OK,good to see you bounce back with high spirit,never ever had this ‘chard’, will look out for it the next time I go grocery shopping.Take care Mona, you really sound upset.

  33. Good to see you back Mona! That recipe looks delicious! I must try it soon!

  34. the palette looks delicious Mona…never tried swiss chard.. but it looks like so fresh and healthy… will make it soon..
    and nice to see you back..

  35. Welcome back! The food looks ravishing as always… I hope life sends more ups than downs henceforth!!

  36. Glad to see you back again with a wonderful recipe of one of my favorite vegetable!

  37. Hi Mona, I feel I know you. ‘La jawaab’ recipes. You are simple amazing with your recipes, photos and instructions. I am following your blog and I am fan on Facebook too. Glad to have you back on blogging and wish you all the best in life to keep the recipes coming.

  38. Salaams Mona,
    I tried this recipe last night-it was very good. Thank you for posting such innovative recipes that use western ingredients but end up as very enjoyable reminders of home…

  39. hey, u made my day, was jus surfing the net and believe me, after reading ur receipes, i felt so good, all these dishes we make everyday, i thought i wont find this stuff on net , but makes me feel so good, i’m from bangalore. but i din’t know that hyderabadi cooking is so close to bangalore’s. mahekhalya and sui ki bhaji {dill}, not many people know these receipes i guess. anyway thanks a lot for this website , i’ve added this to my favourites!!

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