Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lehsuni Palak ( Garlicy Spinach)

Spinach and garlic is a lovely combination. A very simple and quick preparation .  Those who like spinach and garlic would love this dish.

























Ingredients:
Spinach                  2 bundles
Onion.                   2 cups ( Coarsely sliced)
Oil                        2 tbsp
Cumin seeds           1/2 tsp
Asafoetida.             a pinch 
Garlic crushed        1 tbsp
Red chilly pd.         1 1/2 tsp
Coriander pd.         2 tsp
Turmeric pd.          1/2 tsp
Ginger paste.         1 tsp
Salt                        to taste
Lemon juice.          1 tsp
Garam masala.        a pinch

Method:

  1. Pick and wash spinach 3-4 times.
  2. Finely chop it and keep it on a strainer to drain off all the excess water.
  3. Two bundles of spinach will give you 2 1/2 cups of chopped spinach.
  4. Spread it on a clean kitchen towel for an hour .
  5. Heat oil in a non stick pan.
  6. Add asafoetida and cumin seeds.
  7. When cumin turns golden add garlic and fry for a minute.
  8. Add onion and fry on medium heat till onion is soft and pink.
  9. Stir frequently and beat the onions with the tip of the spatula.
  10. Once onions are soft and pink add red chilly pd, turmeric pd. coriander pd, salt, ginger paste and mix well. Add chopped spinach.
  11. Cover and cook on low heat for 2-3 min or till spinach looks cooked.
  12. Turn the flame to high and fry stirring continuously , (beat with the tip of your spatula all the time, )till spinach is completely  dry.
  13. Remove from heat. 
  14. Taste and adjust salt and add lemon juice and garam masala.
  15. Serve hot with an Indian bread of your choice.

Note : I have used extra virgin olive oil, it enhances the flavor of the dish but you can the oil of your choice.
The drier the spinach less time it takes to make the dish.
Spinach absorbs very little salt so be cautious in adding salt.
Add little, taste and add more as per your taste.