Comfort food: spinach curry recipe
For a change, here's a healthy dish that you can cook once a week
How many of you make spinach at least once a week? It can be any variety – but have you experimented with the number of ways you can cook it?
I know that spinach is not the most popular food, but it is a great source of different vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, C, K1, folic acid, iron and calcium are found in spinach. All these vitamins and minerals help strengthen the bones, fight high blood pressure, boost hair growth, keep skin healthy and aid in the digestion process – among many other health benefits.
For a healthy you, I am going to share a recipe that you can make once a week to complete your weekly spinach quota. Spinach goes well with dal as well, which I will come to later. Here is my recipe for spinach curry, a spicy dish that goes well with rice as well as chapati.
- Spinach (as required)
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp red chilli
- Urad dal and channa dal (1 tsp each)
- 3 tbsp oil
- Salt (as required)
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- Pour the oil in a pan and heat it for a minute.
- Add the mustard, urad dal, cumin, channa dal, red chilli and stir until the dals become light brown. Add the ginger garlic paste.
- Chop the onions and tomatoes and add them to the pan. Stir well until the onions change colour and the tomatoes have softened.
- Chop the spinach leaves and add them to the pan.
- Add salt and the turmeric powder.
- Add the garam masala and red chilli powder.
- Stir the mixture well and sprinkle in some water so that the mixture settles and blends well.
- Let it heat for 15 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.
- After 15 minutes, you will get an aroma of spinach and mixed spices.The spinach curry is now ready to eat!
PS: Adding potatoes elevates the taste. Add one potato to this recipe, if you are a potato lover like me. The cooking time in this case will increase by 5-10 minutes. In another variation, you can prepare dal separately and mix this curry with it –making a dal-spinach gravy, which goes well with both rice and chapati.