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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Beetroot Dal Or Lentil Curry

Beetroot dal or lentil curry.
A delicious protein rich dal with all the goodness of beetroot.
Its a superbly delicious dal. Perfect accompany with steamed rice or Indian flat bread.
I did not use onion garlic in it but you can use if you want.

Arhar/toor dal or split pigeon peas is a most favourite dal of my son. So I always try to make it in some different ways.
I have shared three more dal recipes here.
Whole Masoor dal or red lentils

Dal palak or pigeon peas with spinach

Egg dal tadka

To get beetroot recipes click on the name below.

Beetroot shot

Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie

Beetroot rice

Black rice oats and beetroot pancakes

Beetroot appe

Beetroot cutlets

Pigeon peas or arhar dal or toor dal is very delicious and easy to make lentil. And not only it taste great but it is also good for our health.
There is a wide range of impressive health benefits associated with pigeon peas, including their ability to stimulate growth, manage blood pressure, prevent anemia, and boost heart health. It also aids in weight loss, improves digestion, strengthens the immune system, increases energy, and eliminates inflammation.
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Added beetroot in it. Which is low in fat. Full of vitamins, potassium, iron, nitrate and packed with powerful antioxidants. Its known as super food.
And it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Not only that beetroot nutrition can also make your skin glow.

Inspired by the recipe from a blog post of my fellow blogger and friend Amrita Iyer. She made this dal with beetroot greens. Loved her recipe
Beetroot greens dal fry. Thanks Amrita for the idea of adding beetroot in toor dal.

We love the taste of beetroot so made this dal with beetroot but you can also use beetroot green as Amrita’s recipe.

Recipe

Toor/arhar dal or split pigeon peas – 1/2 cup

Beetroot – 1 medium

Tomato – 2 large

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Ginger – 1 inch piece,
grated

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Asafetida or hing – 1/4 teaspoon +1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter or oil – 1 tablespoon

Ghee – 1 – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Wash the dal or lentil and soak for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Grate or finely chop the beetroot. Chop green chilli, cilantro and tomatoes.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or oil in a pressure cooker.

4. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and let the seeds splutter.

5. Now add 1/4 teaspoon Asafetida or hing, bay leaf and dry red chilli.
See notes if you are using onion garlic.

6. Add beetroot, tomatoes, ginger and green chilli.

7. Add salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Saute till dried up and tomato becomes mushy.

9. Add the lentil or dal. Mix well.

10. Add water and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Close the lid. Cook for 3 – 4 whistle or until the dal becomes soft.

12. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

13. Take out the dal in a serving bowl.

14. Heat 1 – 2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter in a small pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds. When cumin seeds starts to splutter, remove the pan from heat.

15. Add 1/4 teaspoon Asafetida or hing and dry red chilli. Stir well.

16. Pour this tempering over the dal.
Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

17. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or any bread.

Notes

1. You can use any dal or lentil if you don’t have split pigeon peas or toor dal.

2. You can use onion garlic if you want. Add finely chopped 1 onion and minced garlic with bay leaf and fry till onion becomes light brown. Then add tomatoes and beetroot.

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Mango Sesame Chutney

Mango sesame chutney.
A lip-smacking delicious chutney from Andhra Pradesh cuisine.
This chutney is very easy to make. Just grind all the ingredients and add the tempering. You will love with nutty flavour of sesame. You can use it as a dip with any snack.

Tanginess of raw mango and the taste and flavour of chillies, curry leaves and sesame seeds made the chutney lip-smacking.

For some more chutney recipes click on the name below.

Date raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar

Water chestnut or singhara chutney

Onion tomato chutney or dip

Peanut chutney or dip

Mango raisin chutney

For recipe swap challenge I was searching for recipes on the blog of Aruna Panangipally. Who blog at aahaaramonline.com
I was paired with her. I made her falafel but I have also bookmarked this mango sesame chutney. And made it in small quantity. Just loved it. So want to share it for my readers. You can check out the original recipe from Aruna’s blog.

You can make it double if you want. But I like to make my chutney or dip in small quantity and make every time fresh. You can add some more chillies if you want your chutney spicy and hot.

Recipe

Raw Mango – 1/2 cup, peeled and chopped

Sesame seeds or til – 2 tablespoon

Turmeric – a pinch

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Curry leaves – 4

Method

1. In a grinder grind chopped mango, sesame seeds, green chilli with turmeric and salt.

2. Add water to make thick paste.
When the mixture becomes smooth take out in a bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

3. For tempering heat oil in a small pan.

4. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.

5. Add dry red chilli and curry leaves. Fry for few seconds.

6. Add the tempering to the chutney. Mix well.

7. Your mango sesame chutney is ready. Serve with idli, dosa or any snack.

Note

Add chilli according to your taste. If you like your chutney hot use more chilli.

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Capsicum Salsa 

​Capsicum salsa.

A finger licking dip for your snacks.
Salsa is the Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Turkish term for sauce. In English-speaking countries, salsa usually refers to the sauces typical of Mexican cuisine known as salsas picantes, particularly those used as dips. Wikipedia

I have got the recipe from a television food show about 10 years ago.

I have followed the method but make some changes as per my taste.

So here is a very easy to make lip-smacking dip for you.

Recipe


Capsicum – 2 medium

Tomato – 2 medium

Green chilli – 5 – 6 or to taste, chopped 

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Tomato sauce – 3 tablespoon

Method


Soak the chopped green chillies in vinegar and keep aside. 

Wash and pat dry the capsicum and tomato. 

Roast the capsicum and tomato one by one.

Hold them with the help of a fork or knife on flame. Roast till the skin becomes black.

Dip roasted capsicum and tomato in cold water.

Now peel the skin. Remove and discard the stem and seeds.

Chop them roughly.

Grind vinegar soaked green chillies, roasted capsicum and tomatoes with salt.

Make a smooth paste.

Take out the mixture in a bowl. Add tomato sauce.

Mix well. Taste and adjust the salt.

You can add few teaspoon more vinegar and tomato sauce if require. I love my dip tangy so I have added 1 teaspoon vinegar more.

Serve with any snacks.

You can keep it in refrigerator for 8 – 10 days.
Notes

1. You can increase or decrease green chilli according to your spice tolerance. If you like your dip more hot add some more green chilli.

2. You can add 2 – 3 garlic cloves if you like garlicky taste. I didn’t.

3. You can add more tomato sauce or vinegar according to your taste.

4. If you like you can add handful chopped cilantro or coriander leaves while grinding. 

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Water Chestnut Or Singhara Chutney Or Dip 

Water chestnut or singhara chutney or dip.

A delicious tangy chutney. First time tried with singhara or water chestnut and very happy with the taste. Its a hit in my family.

Water chestnut is full of vitamins and minerals. Not only that, nutrients rich water chestnut is cholesterol free.

 

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When looking for cholesterol-free and fat-free foods to add to your meal plans, water chestnuts fill the bill. You can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke by maintaining your blood cholesterol level, and adding water chestnuts to your meals can help you do this. Water chestnuts’ zero fat content may help you prevent weight gain when adding them to your diet.

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I have already shared few more chutney or dip recipe

Onion tomato chutney

 

Mango raisin chutney

 

Peanut chutney or dip

 

 

A big thank to Rohit Srivastava for the idea. We were talking about water chestnut. Maximum people love boiled water chestnut with spicy dhania or cilantro chutney.

So here is a mix match. Water chestnut with cilantro, mint, tomato, lemon juice and and some spices.

You can enjoy this spicy tangy chutney with your food or make it a sandwich spread.

Recipe


Singhara – 10 – 12

Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 1, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Salt to taste

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon or to taste

Method


Peel and chop the water chestnut or singhara.

Clean and rinse mint leaves and cilantro.

Grind water chestnut, cilantro, mint leaves, tomato, garlic, ginger and green chilli.

Add salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and lemon juice. Blend the mixture again.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more salt and lemon juice if require.

Enjoy with your snacks or use it as a sandwich spread.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later use. You can keep in refrigerator for 7-8 days.
Note –

Add green chilli according to your taste.

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Peanut Potatoes / Fasting recipe 

Peanut potatoes or potatoes for fasting days.

Shravan is considered an auspicious month for the Hindus. Many people observe fast on every Monday during this month. Fast to learn self-control and detoxify the body. So fasting is not to torture ourselves. A proper diet is important to keep ourselves healthy and energetic.

Generally people eat potatoes, sabudana/sago or tapioca, buckwheat flour or kuttu atta, water chestnut flour or singhara atta, barnyard millet or vrat ka chawal/sama rice, fried food, sweets etc.

I have shared some more fasting recipes here.

Water chestnut and coconut cake

Barnyard millet fried idli 

Potato and barnyard millet cutlets

Singhara atta or water chestnut laddu

I am sharing a simple potato recipe today. Simple and easy yet lip-smacking taste.



Recipe 


Boiled potatoes – 8-10 small

Roasted or fried peanut – 1/4 cup

Clarified butter or ghee – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Rai or black mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 10-15

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Grated ginger – 1-2 teaspoon

Chopped green chilli – 2-3 chopped

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Rock salt or sendha namak to taste

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Chopped cilantro 2 tablespoon, optional



Method 


Peel the boiled potatoes. Make half. If potatoes are too small use whole.

Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them splutter.

Add curry leaves, asafoetida, chopped green chilli and grated ginger. You can add 1-2 dry red chilli with these.

Fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the potatoes, rock salt, cumin powder,  black pepper powder. Fry till the potatoes becomes light brown.

Add fried or roasted peanut. If you like also add some fried cashew nuts.

You can use crushed peanut too.

Mix well. Saute for 1-2 minutes more.

Add lemon juice and mix well.

Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more rock salt and lemon juice if require.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges. If you have fresh grated coconut spread over it.

Serve hot.

Note –

You can use fried cashew nuts instead of peanuts, or use both. Add a fistful grated fresh coconut to make it more yummy.

You can use oil instead of ghee or clarified butter.

If you are not making it for fasting then add 1-2 teaspoon chaat masala too.

In place of lemon juice you can use dry mango powder or amchur or anardana powder/dry pomegranate powder.

If you want it hot add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder in it.

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