Watercress is an aquatic weed, can get them very easily in chinese stores, i tried it out as usual keerai kadaiyal…i really couldnt found out difference between our usual keerai kadaiyal n this dish with these watercress, to know more about this aquatic weed, have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watercress …they are very rich in vitamin A n C…watercress r known as Cresson in French..
|1 bunch||Water cress greens|
|¾ cup||Split moongdal|
|1 no||Onion chopped roughly|
|½ no||Tomato pieces chopped roughly|
|5 nos||Garlic pods|
|2 nos||Green chillies (slit open)|
|1 tsp||Vadagam r mustard seed n urad dal|
|2 nos||Red chillies|
|Oil for tempering|
|Salt as per taste|
Just remove the edges of the watercress stems n yellowish leaves n wash them thoroughly n keep aside. Heat 2 cups of water in a heavy bottomed pan, meanwhile wash thoroughly the moong dal n keep aside, add the washed moongdal to the hot water n cook for a while in medium flame, now add the roughly chopped onion followed by tomatoes, garlic pods n slit opened green chillies n close the lid n put the flame in simmer, after a while once the dal n veggies r well cooked add the well washed n roughly chopped watercress green n cook them for a while, as the watercress contains enough water n the stems r hollow, they will get cooked very easily, check whether they r cooked n put off the stove..heat the oil in a pan , once the oil is hot, add the vadagam r mustard seeds n urad dal n let the splutters, add the red chillies n fry them well, add this to the well cooked greens as well as the salt n mash them with a food processor r with a hand blender, will be very much perfect with a masher( mathu) as i dont have, i used hand blender..
Serve hot with rice n ghee (optional)..Enjoyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!