Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Plain Palak (Spinach) Curry

Know What You Eat:

Researchers have identified at least 13 different compounds in nutrient-rich Spinach that function as antioxidants and anti-cancer agents. Spinach has also been shown to help those suffering from osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, arthritis and other diseases. Spinach is fat-and cholesterol-free, low in calories, high in fiber, high in folate (20 percent of daily requirement), and also provides 15 percent of the daily requirement of magnesium. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin A (70 percent of daily requirement), vitamin C (25 percent of daily requirement) and iron (20 percent of daily requirement). Spinach also provides vitamin K, which helps blood coagulate and which, along with calcium, vitamin D and phosphorous, is important for strong bones.
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Serves 2 ( 1 serving = 1-1/2 C Fresh Spinach)


6 C Fresh Washed Chopped Spinach
2 Med Sized tomatoes, Chopped
1/4 C Half & Half
1 tsp Turmeric Pwd
1 tsp Red Chilli Pwd
1 tsp Coriander - Cumin Pwd
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste

For Tempering:

3 tsp Canola Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
A pinch Asafoetida


1. Heat oil, add mustard seeds, once it stops spluttering add cumin,& asafoetida powder.
2. Now add washed chopped spinach, salt & turmeric and let it cook in a covered pan untill it is half done, then add chopped tomatoes and all the rest of the ingredients.
3. Add water if necessary / if more gravy is needed.
4. Once all cooked for about 15 mins, add 1/2 & 1/2, remove from flame, & serve hot.


At our home we eat this plain palak, with moong dal khichadi & paratha.
Also goes well with plain Basmati rice / Indian Flat Breads.

Event Participation:
This dish is our contribution to SWC- Cooking with greens event.
This dish goes to 15 mins Event hosted by Mahimaa


Kalyani said...

Yeah spinach is very healthy ... the dish look delicious ......

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks Kalyani, for your keep visiting.

Nithya Praveen said...

Never tried adding half n half to palak...learnt sumtng new here.U hv a ncie blog out here.

Suparna said...

Thanks for the new tip of adding half and half in palak curry. Your dish looks rich and healthy.

Pavithra said...

Looking good and never adding half and half .. will try it next time. I love greens always..

sowmya said...

thats a nice recipe with palak and excellent info on spinach. Thanks for sending it for swc.

Priti said...

Looks your rajma salad too

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks Nithya, Pavithra, Sowmya,Priti,Suparna...for your comments..Adding 1/2 & 1/2 makes the curry look rich & taste better.

Just remember to add half & half at the end of the process, once the flame is turned off.

Thanks Again.

madhuram said...

In South India we call this type of greens as masiyal but we do not add half and half.

anudivya said...

You have inspired to cook some spinach for tonight. Looks very healthy.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Yep, Its delicious and healthy, Thanks for your comments Madhuram & Anudivya

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