Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mixed Vegetables in a Spinach based Gravy

Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special

Mixed Vegetables in a Spinach based Gravy
Serves 2

Spinach Leaves (Palak)- 2 Cups, Chopped, Blanched & Puréed
Mixed Vegetables (Carrot, Cauliflower, French Beans, Sweet Corn)- 1 Cup

For Spice Mix in the Spinach Gravy:
Coconut- 1 Tbsp., Freshly Grated
Cashewnuts (Kaju)- 1 Tbsp., soaked in Hot Water & Roughly Cut 
Poppy Seeds (Khus Khus)- 1 Tbsp.
Garlic (Lehsun)- 3 to 4 Cloves, Roughly Chopped
Ginger (Adrak)- 1" piece
Green Chillies- 3 to 4, Roughly Chopped
Aniseeds- 1 Tsp.

Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 1.5 Tbsp.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera)-  1 Tsp.
Onion- 1, Finely Chopped
Green Chillies- 1 Tsp., Finely Chopped
Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- ½ Tsp.
Red Chilli Powder- 1 Tbsp.
Fresh Curds (Dahi)- about 2.5 Tbsp., Beaten 
Salt- To Taste


All the ingredients (Aniseeds, Cashew nuts, Green Chillies, Poppy Seeds) for the Spinach Gravy Spice-Mix need to be ground into a Smooth Paste  

Stack few Spinach leaves together so they become easy to chop

The Onions shouldn't be overcooked but just Soft in this recipe
For this recipe try to use Fresh Ginger & Garlic or Paste can be used if chopped pieces aren’t preferred
The classic combination of Garlic and Spinach go together beautifully and give a nice flavor to this dish as well

Blanching or ‘Refreshing of Green Vegetables’ is a precooking process by which Greens (Spinach, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Broccoli) are dipped in hot water for few minutes and immediately transferred in ice cold water so that they are semi cooked and retain their bright colors
This method is great for cutting and preparing Vegetables in advance by Freezing and used for further cooking like Sauteing or stir Frying

Low Fat Yoghurt is an excellent substitute for Full Fat Fresh Cream in most of the Gravy Recipes (especially in our Indian dishes) to replace as a Healthy Meal option
In this dish though it is optional, Curd imparts the required Sour taste as well as blends well in a creamy texture with the Greens

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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