As part of the Blogging Marathon, we occasionally get paired with a co-blogger where we need to pick and cook dishes from their blog. Paired with Sandhya of My Cooking Journey this time, it was a gastronomical delight - her bakes to South Indian Cooking to Salads - most dishes caught my attention. It was interesting to see so many many breads on her blog, and I wish I could bake all of them.. someday soon .. Till then, 3 dishes for this week chosen and recreated from her blog.
First of them is a simple and yummy Raita (or Pachadi) with Palak (Spinach). We include Raithas almost thrice a week with any ingredient like Mint / Bell Pepper/ Eggplant / Pineapple/ Snakegourd (Podalangai)/ Radish (Mooli) / Potato and the kids like them a lot.
Apart from providing calcium through yoghurt, palak in this dish adds a dimension of folic acid and was very yummy. For spinach lovers, this is a treat, thank you Sandhya, we tried this out and liked it a lot and am sure it would appear regularly on our menu.
Prep time : 10 mins, cook time : 5-7 mins, serves : 4
You would need:
- Palak leaves / Spinach - cleaned, sorted and washed - 1/2 cup (packed)
- Curd / yoghurt - 1 cups (preferably sweet or very slightly sour)
- Salt - to taste
- Tempering : Mustard seeds, Jeera (Cumin), Asafoetida, Green Chillies, red chillies.
- Oil - 1 TBSP
1) Chop the cleaned and drained spinach into fine shreds. In a pan, heat oil. Splutter the tempering ingredients, once the mustard settles down and the jeera turns slightly brown, add the shredded spinach and lightly saute.
2) Add a pinch of salt and sprinkle very little water and close immeidately. Let it cook in the steam for 5-7 minutes. Let all the water evaporate from the shriveled Spinach. Cool thoroughly.
3) Now whisk the yoghurt with requisite salt (you can add salt later if you are not serving this immediately). Add the sauteed spinach and mix well. Serve immediately.