27/07/2015 by Aruna Kamath
I have a weakness for leafy greens. Spinach tops the list, followed a close second by fenugreek leaves and coriander. I try and sneak them into as many preparations as possible so that my children derive the best nutritional value out of them. So when I go veggie shopping, my eyes are always prying for fresh greens. And I never let go of any opportunity to buy them.
The other day, on one my weekly visits to the neighbourhood veggie vendor, I spotted some deliciously fresh spinach with unusually large and vibrant leaves. I made a dive at time, grabbed two bunches and skipped to the cash counter with a soft hum on my lips. Honestly, there’s something about spinach that gets me excited! That’s why I guess, I can completely relate with Popeye on this.
With one bunch, I didn’t have to mull much over what to prepare. I made my standard fare – ‘Dal Palak’ (A lentil based gravy) which is enjoyed by all in the family. It was the second bunch which left me a little confused. No, I was not short of ideas, but the problem of plenty! There were so many recipes swimming in my head that I found it hard to make up my mind. Finally I settled for a soup – something I hadn’t made in years.
With a little trepidation, I veered a tad bit from the original recipe followed by my mother in law. Surprisingly, the end result was good. In fact, it had everyone licking their lips and asking for more! I couldn’t have felt prouder.
What you need
- Spinach (palak) – one bunch
- Garlic cloves – ¾
- Onion – one medium size
- Milk Cream – half cup
- Corn flour – 2 tbsp
- Salt and pepper – as needed
How to proceed
- Clean and thoroughly wash spinach. Discard the stalk and roughly chop the leaves
- Lightly fry garlic until brown in butter
- Add onion and sauté till it turns transparent
- Add spinach and fry until it reduces to half the quantity
- Then, add a glass of water and bring it to boil
- Switch off the burner after a minute and allow the mixture to cool
- After it cools to room temperature grind the mixture into a smooth puree
- Transfer the contents into a pan and heat it after adding cream and corn flour.
- Allow the mixture to boil for some time. ( if the consistency is too thick, add some water)
- Add salt and pepper as required and serve hot with a blob of butter
Here’s why you should include spinach more often in your diet
- Spinach has the remarkable ability to restore energy and improve blood quality
- It’s a storehouse of minerals – Vitamin A, C and folic acid as well as magnesium, B2 and manganese
- It is one of the richest sources of iron and an excellent source of vitamin K