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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Paalak Saag

We had a very sweet family as our two-floors-below-us neighbor, back in Moscow. Roshni aunty. With two very cute little daughters. They were from Delhi. Aunty's food was very different from Mom's. Mom's was always focused on nutrition, health, etc. Aunty had a lot more of a free hand.

Here is one of her healthy recipes that Mom (and eventually I) adopted into our regular menus. This recipe is to Roshni aunty, and all the love she has given to our family over the years.

Paalak Saag

1 packet Frozen spinach (Deep brand's frozen spinach works best for this recipe, you can find it in indian stores)
1 onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
1/2 cup yogurt
2 tablespoons besan
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
2-3 green chillies, chopped
red chilli powder

1. Pressure cook the spinach cubes (no need to thaw) with 3/4 cup water for 1 whistle.
2. In a bowl mix yogurt and besan until smooth.
3. When steam of the spinach pressure cooker settles down, open it, and add to it the yogurt-besan mix. Keep stirring with a whisk, while heating on medium flame.
4. In a separate pan, heat oil, add jeera. Then add onions and green chillies. Saute till brownish. 5. Add the ginger and garlic pastes, fry for a couple of minutes.
6. Add tomatoes, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt. Cook till mixed up well, and tomatoes get tender.
7. Add this mix to the spinach pressure cooker, and give yet another whistle.
8. Serve with rice or rotis.

Paalak Saag


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