Here is how you need to prepare this Malvani Style Tikhat Dal. To prepare the vatan, add onion, garlic, ginger and coconut to a blender and grind to a smooth paste. Keep it aside for now. Wash and boil tur dal/lentils along with spinach, turmeric powder and salt. Set it aside once done. You can even mash it lightly at this point. In a pan, add oil. Once its hot, add asafoetida and mustard seeds. Once they begin to crackle, add curry leaves, garlic and onions. Saute till the onions turn translucent. Then add Malvani masala, turmeric powder and garam masala. Then add the vatan and mix it all together. Saute till the oil begins to leave the sides. Then add the cooked dal + spinach to the pan along with little water and required amount of salt. Give it a stir and add kokum or tamarind paste. Bring it to a boil and turn off the heat. Malvani Style Tikhat Dal is now ready. A very different Dal recipe that I am sure you will enjoy too. Serve it with steamed rice or any Indian bread along with some pickle and papad.