Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Health vegetable #3- Spinach

Spinach is a vegetable that you can eat raw in a salad or just steam it and eat with a little pepper and salt. My favorite spinach recipes are 'Spinach Morkutaan' which is a dish from Tamilnadu in India. The spinach is cooked with dal and spices. I can eat it with dosas, chapathis or rice. I have tried so many dishes using spinach and I eat atleast two bunches a week.

Today my dinner is 'spinach thoran' which is a spinach sauteed with urad dal and onions. It is a simple dish and can be eaten without any accompaniments.

So here is the recipe

Spinach- 1 bunch finely chopped
Urad dal- 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon
Coconut oil- 1 teaspoon
Dry red chillies- 1 or 2
Onions- 1 finely chopped
Channa dal- 3 teaspoons- microwave for 2 minutes till the dal is semi-cooked


  1. Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and add the mustard seeds
  2. When the mustard seeds splutter, add urad dal and saute till urad dal are brown. Then add the red chillies.
  3. Add the onion and saute till brown
  4. Add the spinach, salt and saute on low heat
  5. When the spinach is cooked, add the semi-cooked channa dal and cook till the curry becomes dry.
  6. Serve while hot

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