Spinach Curry With Corn soya chunks, Coconut And Almond

Spinach curry with sweet corn, soya chunks, coconut and almond.
A delicious creamy thick curry. You can serve it with any bread. Easy to make and perfect side dish for your lunch or dinner.

In my earlier posts we have discussed about the health benefits of spinach, corn and soya chunks. So this time talking about only taste. This lip-smacking curry is lightly flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Almonds made the curry thick and creamy. You can use cashew nuts instead.
You may like some more spinach recipes here.

1. Dal palak

2. Palak raita

3. Green gram carrot spinach soup

4. Spinach carrot bean beet and almond soup

5. Dairy free green smoothie

6. Zan

Our this week’s 171 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #saagsaga. Kriti suggested this beautiful theme. We have to share any leafy green or saag recipe. My contribution is this delicious spinach curry with corn, soya chunks, coconut and almond.

Lip-smacking spinach curry with all the goodness of sweet corn, soya, coconut and almond.

Recipe

Spinach or palak – 200 gram

Sweet corn – 1 cup, boiled

Soya chunks – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Coconut – 3 tablespoon, grated or finely chopped

Almond – 13 – 14

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Clean and wash the spinach. Discard the stem. Take the leaves only.

2. Heat 3 cup water with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a pan.
When it starts to rolling boil add spinach leaves in it.

3. Boil for 2 – 3 minutes. Switch off the heat and immediately drain the water.

4. Keep ice cold water ready. Dip the spinach in ice cold water immediately to retain the green colour.

5. Grind the spinach into a smooth paste. Add very little water if require.

6. Soak almonds in hot water or microwave for 1 minute with little water.

7. Let it cool down. Peel and keep aside.

8. Boil the soya chunks with 2 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Boil for 1 – 2 minutes.

9. When it cool down drain the water, squeeze and wash with fresh water.
Squeeze well and keep aside.

10. Grind peeled almonds, tomato, green chilli, garlic, coconut, green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Make a smooth paste.

11. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can use butter or half oil half butter.

12. Add finely chopped onion. Fry the onion till onion becomes light brown.

13. Now add almond, coconut, ginger, garlic, chilli, tomato, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves paste.

14. Saute and add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Saute till the mixture dried up and leaves oil.

15. Add squeezed soya chunks and mix well. Saute for 1 minute more and add boiled sweet corn.

16. Mix well and add spinach puree.
Add 1 cup water and mix well.

17. When it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 6 – 7 minutes. Stir occasionally.

18. Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add 1/4 cup water if the gravy is too thick but don’t add more.

19. If you are adding water boil for few seconds on high heat.

20. Remove from heat. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream if you want. I didn’t.

21. Your spinach curry with corn, soya chunks and coconut is ready. Garnish with boiled sweet corn, tomato and onion slices.

22. Serve hot with pulao, jeera rice, steamed rice, roti, paratha, puri, naan, tandoori roti, crisp toasted bread or any bread.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. Add chilli according to your taste. Add 1 green chilli or skip the chilli if you are making it for kids. Or add more green chilli if you want your curry more spicy.
2. You can use cashew nuts instead of almonds.
3. You can also add paneer or cottage cheese pieces in the curry.
4. You can use butter instead of oil, add little oil with butter to avoid burning.
5. If you like you can add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves at the end.

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Chicken Kosha With Whole Garlic And Potatoes

Chicken kosha.
Chicken or mutton kosha is a famous dish of Bengal. You can make this curry with mutton, eggs or any vegetables.
Kosha means bhuna or saute. You have to fry chicken with onion, garlic, tomato and spices on low flame till done. Need lots of patience but the result will be lip-smacking and flavourful.
Posting a non veg dish after a long time. Some of my blog reader requested for a spicy chicken. So here is a delicious mouthwatering dry chicken curry for you. Hope you will like it.

You can get some more chicken and mutton dishes here

1. Zafrani chicken

2. Chicken dak bungalow

3. Chicken chaap

4. Rara mutton

5. Railway mutton curry

If you want your chicken less spicy decrease the amount of chilli but if you want it hot increase green chilli or you can add 1 – 2 teaspoon hot variety red chilli powder in the curry.

I have added potatoes and whole garlic in it. But its optional. You can skip whole garlic if you want. And if you love the taste of garlic then I am sure you will love this curry with whole garlic. If you want you can also make it without potatoes.

Recipe

For marination

Chicken – 500 gram

Onion garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For curry

Onion – 3, thinly sliced

Tomato – 3 chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Garlic – 10 cloves, minced

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste, chopped

Whole garlic – 2-3, optional

Potatoes – 2, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Green cardamom – 3 – 4, crushed

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Clove – 3 – 4

Bay leaf – 2

Oil – 1/2 cup

Hot water – 1 cup

Method

1. Clean and wash the chicken pieces. Marinate with ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, cumin powder, thick yoghurt, lemon juice, mustard oil, salt, red chilli powder and black pepper powder.

2. Cover and keep in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

3. Peel and cut the potatoes into half. Wash, drain and keep aside.

4. Peel the outer layer of the garlic and wash well.

5. Thinly slice the onions.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes until light golden brown, remove from oil and keep aside.

7. Add crushed green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf in the oil.

8. Now add sugar and sliced onions. Caramelised sugar will give the curry perfect colour so don’t skip it.

9. Fry for a couple of minutes and add minced garlic, green chilli and grated ginger.
Fry till onions becomes light brown and raw smell of garlic goes away.

10. Add the chopped tomatoes, cumin powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder. If you want your curry hot add 1 – 2 teaspoon hot variety red chilli powder. Fry till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

11. Add marinated chicken pieces along with its spices. Mix well.
Cover and cook on low medium heat. Stir in between to avoid sticking at the bottom.

12. After 10 – 15 minutes add fried potatoes and whole garlic. Mix well. If you like you can omit the garlic or potatoes.

13. Again cover cook on low flame. Stir in between.

14. When oil leaves the sides add hot water and cook till everything becomes soft.

When chicken and potato pieces becomes soft cook on high heat till you get your desired consistency. Curry should be almost dry.

Serve hot with pulao, fried rice, roti, paratha, puri, luchi, naan, steamed rice or any Indian bread or rice dishes.

Notes

1. If you like you can omit whole garlic. Potatoes are also optional.
2. Add chilli according to your taste. You can increase the green and red chilli if you want your curry more spicy.

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Kadala Curry Or Black Chickpea Curry

Kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine.
A very flavourful and spicy curry. Freshly ground Kerala garam masala and coconut made the curry lip-smacking.
Beautiful state Kerala known as ‘God’s own Country’ or land of spices.
According to Wikipedia The cuisine of Kerala, a state in the south of India, is linked to its history, geography, demography and culture. Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry and red meat with rice a typical accompaniment. Chillies, curry leaves, coconut, mustard seeds, turmeric, tamarind, and asafoetida are all frequently used.

Kerala is known as the “Land of Spices” because it traded spices with Europe as well as with many ancient civilizations with the oldest historical records of the Sumerians from 3000 BCE.

I have shared two more black chickpea recipes here.

Black chickpea kabab

Paneer kala chana kofta curry

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Kerala cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Sujitha Ruban who blog at

http://sujithaeasycooking.com.
Sujitha Ruban gave me two flavourful ingredients Mace and fennel seeds and I gave her banana and ginger powder. Check out her blog for the recipe she shared with these ingredients.

I made this kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine with those aromatic ingredients.
Black chickpeas, also known as Bengal grams, Garbanzo beans or ‘kala chana’ belong to the ‘desi’ variety and have a much higher fiber content and lower glycemic index. Being an extremely versatile legume, it is widely used in a variety of Middle Eastern and Indian dishes like falafels, hummus and curries as well as salads, soups and stews or even as a quick snack. In addition to their delicious nut like taste and buttery texture, black chickpeas are extremely beneficial for health.

Being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals, black chickpeas can indeed be a healthy addition to your diet. Two to three tablespoons of these legumes are equivalent to one portion of the daily recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables. The health benefits of black chickpeas are as follows.

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Now coming to the recipe. You will love this flavourful curry. And all the flavour comes from aromatic Kerala garam masala. If you have Kerala garam masala ready in your pantry then you can use 1 teaspoon of it. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder to bring some colour in the curry.

Recipe

Kala chana or black chickpeas – 1 cup

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Onion – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Curry leaves – 12 – 13

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2 small

Coconut – 1/2 cup heaped, grated or finely chopped

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Coconut oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Water – 1 cup

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1/2 teaspoon

Mace – 2 blades

Cloves – 2 – 3

Green cardamom – 2

Star anise – a small piece

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Nutmeg – a pinch

Method

1. Wash and soak the kala chana or black chickpeas in sufficient water overnight.

2. Boil the soaked chickpeas with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker for 7 – 8 whistle or till chickpeas becomes soft.

3. Lightly dry roast fennel seeds or sounf, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and grated nutmeg. Roast lightly till fragrant. Don’t overdo.

4. Let the spices cool down. And grind into fine powder.

5. Grind the coconut. Add water as require to make a smooth paste.

6. Grind tomato and ginger. You can use chopped tomato and grated ginger. But I like smooth paste so ground altogether.

7. Heat oil in a pan.
Add mustard seeds or rai and let them splutter.

8. Now add curry leaves, chopped onion and green chilli.

9. Fry till onions becomes light brown.
Add tomato and ginger paste or grated ginger and chopped tomato.
Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

10. Add coconut paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli, black pepper powder and dry roasted and ground fennel seeds, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg.

11. Saute till everything dried up.
Add boiled black chickpea or kala chana and salt. Mix well. Saute for a minute.

12. Add 1 cup water. Or you can add 1/2 cup more water if you want more gravy.

13. Let it boil. Now cook on simmer for 12 – 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

14. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat.

15. Take out 3 – 4 tablespoon chickpeas and mash well with a spoon and add in the gravy if you want your gravy thick.

16. Garnish with grated coconut and serve hot.

Note

If you want you can also add garlic to the curry. Grind garlic cloves with tomato and ginger.

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Roasted Mixed Spice Powder Or Bhaja Moshla

Roasted mixed spice powder.
An aromatic mixture of roasted green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaf, cumin, coriander and red chilli.
It will enhance the flavour of your savoury dishes. Add a spoon full to your chop or cutlet mixture, potato stuffing for aloo paratha, aloo tikki or burger patties, sandwich stuffing, curries, dum aloo or anything you want to make aromatic and spicy.

Sending this post to 136th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #MasalaPowder.

When Preethi decided the theme I remember my mother’s bhaja moshla or dry roasted mixed spice powder recipe. She always used to store two type of dry roasted mixed spice powder.

One is dry roasted and ground panch phoran or a mixture of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, nigella or black cumin seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds. This mixture is for sukto, a delicious Bengali style mix vegetable. Just sprinkle this ground mixture on sukto or any chutney and enjoy the aroma.

I am sharing second dry roasted and ground spice mixture. You can use this aromatic mixture in any savoury dish to enhance the flavour and taste. Here is my mother’s recipe for aromatic bhaja moshla.

Recipe

Green cardamom – 8

Cloves – 6

Bay leaf – 1, small

Cinnamon – a small stick

Dry red chilli – 2

Cumin seeds – 2 tablespoon

Coriander seeds – 2 tablespoon

Method

Combine all the spices.
Lightly dry roast on low flame. Stir continuously.

Dry roast till the spices gives out roasted aroma.
Immediately transfer the spices on a plate and let it cool down.

Now grind all the spices. Make a fine powder.
Store in a airtight jar.

Notes

1. If you want your spice powder more hot use 3 – 4 dry red chilli.

2. If you don’t want to use red chilli you can use pepper corn.

3. Or if you like you can omit chilli and make it only aromatic not hot.

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Tomato Coconut Chickpea Curry 

Tomato coconut chickpea curry.

A delicious dry curry without onion. Fresh coconut, tomato, garlic and some spices makes the curry flavourful and lip-smacking.

My mom used to make this curry with only tomato and garlic. She rarely used onions and the taste was awesome. Today I have followed her recipe but added fresh coconut too.

If you don’t have coconut you can omit it. Sometimes I also make it without coconut. With or without both are delicious. Or you can make it without garlic too. Use only tomato, ginger, coconut, green chilli and spices. You can use lemon juice instead of dry mango powder or use both if you like tangy curry.

 

Recipe


Chickpea – 1 cup

Green cardamom – 3

Clove – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Salt to taste

Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4-5

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Tomato – 4 medium, chopped

Grated fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon +1 tablespoon, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves 2 tablespoon + to garnish

Method


Soak the chickpea overnight.

Crush the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortal pastel.

Boil the overnight soaked chickpeas with green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt and water.

Discard bay leaf and keep aside.

Grind tomatoes, green chilli, garlic, ginger and 2 tablespoon grated fresh coconut. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

Now add the ground mixture, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

Saute till oil leaves the side.

Add boiled chickpeas, 2 tablespoon cilantro or coriander leaves and salt. Add salt carefully. We have added salt while boiling the chickpeas. Mix well.

Add remaining water of boiled chickpeas.

Stir and cook on low flame for 10 minutes or until the water absorbed.

If you want thick gravy add little more water. I have made dry curry.
Add dry mango powder and mix well. If you don’t have dry mango powder you can use lemon juice. Or use both if you like tangy taste.

Taste and adjust salt. If you like you can add little more dry mango powder or lemon juice.

Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and grated coconut.

Serve with paratha, puri, naan, roti or Indian flat bread or any bread.

Notes


1. Add chilli according to your taste. If you  like hot add more chilli.
2. You can add 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice if you like your curry tangy.
3. If you don’t like garlic you can omit it.

4. If you like the taste of coconut and want to make it without garlic, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut.

 

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