Monday, December 22, 2008

aloo palak.............corn palak

this recipe is my husband's favorite and is a regular in my household..it is so yum.. that some times i like eating it as it is.........or may be a bowl full of this curry with a tablespoon full of rice or.....or....in many combinations in fact.........

ingredients

palak leaves with stalk, blanched-2 cup
small potatoes, boiled-10 nos.
tomatoes red ripe n big ones -2 nos.
garlic cloves -12 or more
green chillies -5 or more
ginger-1 inch piece or more
turmeric, coriander, cumin and pepper powders 1 tsp each
soya bhaji -a small bunch
minimal amount of mustard oil....around 1 tbsp
hing[asafoetida] a pinch
cumin seeds -1tsp


preparation

i cook this recipe in an iron skillet....actually a cast iron one .......my friend swapna has gifted me 2 very nice cast iron skillets or kadais..............and i end up using these ones all the time when cooking palak recipes........these cast iron skillets are nonstick in nature and easy to clean...though a bit heavy,but it helps in good cooking............these are not available in the cities and she sources it from her native village...........a long story.

worth mentioning that i keep ready all the ingredients on the platform with a chopper handy.........i use the one which comes with morphy richards hand blender.............
this helps in saving time as stepwise when cooking is in progress i keep doing the chopping.....

first of all heat the oil and put in a pinch of hing n cumin seeds....when these splutter put in the halved potatoes........stir fry for 2-3 minutes on high heat
in the mean time finely chop the ginger,garlic n chillies in the chopper and put in the pan
keep stirring for 3-4 minutes and put in the powder masalas n mix properly on medium heat now
in the meantime chop the tomatoes too and put them in the pan too...with salt to taste
chop the blanched palak[can be pureed in a mixie too] and add in....keep stirring...
chop the soya bhaji n put it into the pan.................mix well and cook covered on slow heat for around 10 minutes...........usually no water is needed but if you need a thinner gravy add water accordingly.

cooking this recipe for long in the iron skillet allows the potatoes to turn green in color.........and intensifies the flavor.....we like it this way.........though it can be made in any pan.



instead of potatoes sweet corn or baby corn also tastes good in the recipe ..............only sweet corn should be added with the palak in the end and cooked further for just 6-7 minutes................i like soya nuggets too in this gravy........actually i sometimes make corn soya palak and sometimes only corn palak.........

tastes good with plain boiled rice or rotis.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Sangeeta !!!!

    i read all your receipes ...and I found them very healthy , delicious and easy .... Thank u for sharing them .....

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  2. thankyou neha for appreciating........i am a foodie n like spicy food, at the same time try n make innovative healthy recipes n i find that eating all these recipes ,if i exercise even for 10 minutes daily , i manage to loose at least 2 kg in a month.so i am quite motivated to update what i cook.

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