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Jain Style Corn Palak | Hoe to make Makai Palak Gravy in Jain Style | Side Dishes

We love Corn and Spinach at home, and make Dal Palak for dinner or a Corn Sundal / Steamed Corn for snacking. I had bookmarked this recipe from Anjana’s blog and made this without any Onion or Garlic, and loved it a lot.

Served with Hot Phulkas / Chapatis (wholewheat flatbreads) & Masala Arbi (recipe soon), it makes for a very interesting side dish. Do try this out and let me know how you liked them.

Sending this to this week’s theme of Quick Dishes for Blogging Marathon.

PS: the onions in the pictures below are only for the side salad served, the original dish is satvik /jain and free of onions , ginger and garlic 🙂


Prep time : 15 mins, Cook time : 15 mins, serves : 2

Source : here

Spice level : medium


  • Spinach – 1 cup (packed)
  • American Corn – 1/2 cup (boiled)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Kasuri methi – 1/2 TBSP
  • Sugar – 1 TBSP
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 TBSP
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 TBSP

To grind:

  • Tomatoes – 2 medium
  • Green Chillies – 2 nos
  • Cashewnuts – 8 to 10


  • oil – 1 tsp
  • Jeera / Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida – scant 1/8 tsp (omit if you want it gluten free)
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp



  1. Blanch spinach leaves and reserve in ice cold water. Drain and puree into a paste.
  2. Saute the ingredients under “To grind” in 1 tsp oil till tomato shrivels a bit and grind to a smooth paste once cooled using some water.
  3. In a pan, temper with the tempering ingredients, add the turmeric, pureed spinach, salt. mix well and let the spinach paste cook for 3-4 mins till it dries up a bit.
  4. Now add the pureed tomato masala, dry spice powders and corn. Mix well and let it simmer lightly for 8-10 mins. Adjust water to desired thickness, adding a tablespoon or two at a time.
  5. Finish with crushed kasuri methi and lemon juice. Adjust salt if required.

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    I'm surely going to please one of my jain friend with this healthy n tasteful dish…

  2. Amara’s cooking

    Very healthy dish, goes well with roti or rice:)

  3. Saraswathi Ganeshan

    I love this corn palak, yummy side dish for roti and puloa..

  4. What a delicious palak and corn curry Kalyani. Bookmarked to try soon.

  5. cookingwithsapana

    Delicious looking makai palak curry.Lovely side for roti.

  6. Priya Suresh

    Quick side dish for rotis,loving it.

  7. Chef Mireille

    two of my fave ingredients – I can easily enjoy this diwh

  8. That's a good choice for gravy tomatoes and cashew. Curry looks so perfect for rotis

  9. That is an interesting variation with corn and palak, Kalyani.

  10. Gayathri Kumar

    That looks like a nice healthy meal. Very interesting combo of corn and palak..

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