Showing posts with label Palak. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Palak. Show all posts

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Palak/Spinach - Jack Seeds Curry

Palak /spinach leaves are the healthiest leaves. They available plenty around the year. Here I have tried " Palak/spinach  - Jack Seeds Curry and it goes well with almost all the main dishes.

 I have used palak, jack seeds, toor dal, coconut and some simple spices which are available plenty in our kitchen store.
Let us see some benefits of using Methi seeds in our diet.
Fenugrik / Methi seeds are loaded with medicinal values. It is rich in fiber and helps to lower the blood sugar level. It helps to keep our body cool and good for digestion. Methi seeds are good for heart burn and diabetes. It is good for balancing cholesterol level in our body. It is good herbal remedy for menopause and the menstruation period. ( It helps to reduce the abdomen pain during periods). Methi seeds are good for loss of appetite. They are rich in antioxidant properties.
Normally the people in Dakshina Kannada, Malenadu and surrounding areas do not use much of onions in cooking. They prefer to use the particular vegetable ( choose any one vegetable) for a curry.
No Onion or No Garlic is added in this Palak/Spinach -Jack Seeds Curry.
Let us see the recipe now

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Palak/Spinach leaves : 1 Bundle ( Small )
Jack Seeds : 1 Handful
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup ( Two Handful )
Methi Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
To Grind :
Spice Powder : 2 to 3 Teaspoons
Tamarind : 1 Small marble size
Coconut : Fresh : 1/2 Cup
To Season :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry leaves : 5 to 6 leaves
To Add : 
Salt : As required
Turmeric powder : A pinch
Jaggery : 1/2 Teaspoon ( Or very little ).

Method :

1. Remove the outer layer (hard cover) from jack seeds and cut them into small pieces.
2. Wash toor dal, jack seeds and pressure cook for 6 to 8 minutes and keep it aside. (Let it cool).
3. Wash and cut palak leaves. Pressure cook palak/spinach leaves with methi seeds till the leaves turn soft.

4. Grate coconut and grind it with spice powder and tamarind. Add required water to grind.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and put cooked palak leaves. Add toor dal and jack seeds.
6. Add required salt,jaggery and a pinch of turmeric powder. Let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
7. Now add ground coconut and spice mixture. Mix it well and let it boil for 2 to 3 Minutes.

8. Shift the ready Palak /Spinach - Jack Seeds Curry to a serving dish.

9. Add mustard seeds, urid dal, ingh and curry leaves seasoning to the ready curry and serve.
10. This curry goes well with almost all the main dishes like plain rice, idli, dosa, chapati or any type of rotis.

Note :

Using methi seeds to cook helps to reduce the cholesterol level in the food. It adds to the taste. Adding jaggery is optional.I have used clean tamarind. You can use tamarind pulp instead of tamarind. Soak tamarind in warm water and squeeze out the pulp. It is always better to use tamarind pulp. Use of home prepared spice powder is optional. You can use any type of sambar /rasam powder.
Use of coconut oil is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes 
Serves : 4 to 5.

Home prepared Spice Powder 

Things Needed :
Coriander seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Methi seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Channa dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilly (Only byadagi) : 5 to 6
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch

Method :

Dry roast or fry  all the ingredients one by one with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and dry grind once it is cooled.
You can grind this spice powder with coconut or use it directly and prepare sambar. (with out coconut).
This proportion is good to use for 1 time..

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mixed Leaves Spicy Dal

Mixed Leaves spicy Dal is one of the side dish that goes well with almost all the main dishes. It is prepared using 2 to 3 or more types of leaves and dals, like toor/moong/masoor/chana etc. 
I have used the leaves which we got from our home garden (grown in pots) and toor dal. I have added green tamarind chutney/tokku which I got from Dharwad. ( Our daughter in law Vidya's Home town).

Tamarind chutney/tokku is home prepared, using unripe tamarind, green chilly, roasted methi seeds and salt. Tokku taste so yummy and it goes well with hot rice and ghee, or adding to any dal preparation even I have tried Tamarind Tokku vegetable rice.    
Let us see some benefits of eating  tamarind in our diet.
Tamarind helps to reduce inflammation in our body. It helps to improve eye health, boost respiratory health and helps to heal skin conditions. It is good for digestive system. It relieve pains and strengthen our immune system. It helps to lower the cholesterol and good for kids since it fight against the worms in kids stomach. Tamarind is rich source of dietary fiber. It helps in easing constipation problems. It is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous, Potassium, Manganese. It is rich in antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties.
As I said I have used our home grown Palk, Dil Leaves and very little basale /Malabar Leaves.
No Onion OR No Garlic is used in this " Mixed Leaves Spicy Dal".
Let us see the recipe Now : 

Ingredients : 

To Cook :
Dil Leaves : 1 Small Bundle
Palak : 1 Small Bundle
Malabar Leaves/Basale Leaves : One Handful 
Toor Dal : 1/Cup 
To Add :
Dry ginger powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Tamarind Chutney /Tokku : 1 Teaspoon
Crushed pepper pods : 4 to 5 
Salt : As Required 
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons
Butter/Ghee : 1 Teaspoon (Optional).
To Season : 
Cooking Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Jeera : 1/2 Teaspoon
Green chilly : 2 to 3 
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 or little more
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little 

Method : 

1. Clean and Wash all the leaves nicely and cut into small pieces.

2. Pressure cook it for 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Wash dal and pressure cook separately.

4. Wash and slit green chilly and cut coriander leaves.
5. Keep a big pan and put cooked leaves and dal together.
6. Add turmeric powder and salt.

7. Add dry ginger powder and pepper pods.

8. Add tamarind chutney/tokku. Stir slowly and mix it well. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

9. Keep a pan and prepared mustard, jeera seasoning. Add slit green chilly and fry it nicely.
10. Add ingh and curry leaves to seasoning and add this seasoning to Mixed Leaves Spicy Dal.

11. Boil it for another 3 to 4 minutes. Shift it to the serving bowl.

12. Serve with your choice of main dish.

Note :

Cooking leaves in pressure cooker helps them to be soft. It can be cooked without using pressure cooker. (Optional). Use of onions and garlic is optional. ( I have not used). You can use tamarind pulp instead of tamarind chutney/tokku. Taste differs. Adding a teaspoon of butter/ghee to Mixed Spicy Dal taste better. (Optional). Use of more/less chilly is optional. 
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Radish - Palak - Malabar Leaves Curry

Radish - Palak - Malabar Leaves curry is one of the side dish which goes well with almost all the main dishes. It is an excellent combo for plain rice/ rotis/chapatis/poori/dosa/idli and even with raagi balls/mudde.

Malabar leaves and palak leaves are from our garden, used some radish and home prepared curry powder.
Let us see the benefits of " Pepper ".
Pepper / black pepper good for cough and cold. It gives good relief from respiratory disorders. Good for constipation, indigestion, anemia, muscular strains, diarrhea and heart diseases. It has antibacterial properties. They are rich in manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. They are rich in anti inflammatory properties. Pepper helps to prevent gas formation in intestines.
Use of home made pepper powder is more beneficial to our health. They retain the freshness and using a pinch of black pepper to every meal is good for easy digestion and taste. It improves our health and take care of it.
Remember that, the person who had a surgery should not use much of pepper. It can have an irritating effect on the intestines.
As I said it earlier I have used Malabar leaves and Palak/Spinach leaves with dal and radish.
No Onion or Garlic used in this curry.  Palak/Spinach and Malabar leaves grown in our garden.
(Grown in Pots).

Things Needed :

Toor Dal : 1/2 Cup
Palak Leaves : 1 Bundle (Small bundle)
Malabar Leaves : 1 Handful
Raddish : 4 to 5
Curry Powder : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Pepper Pods : 4 to 5
Methi seeds/fenugrik seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Tamarind : A small marble size
Coconut : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Salt : As required
For seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash and cook toor dal (Pressure cook) and keep it aside.
2. Wash and cut malbar leaves and palak leaves and keep it aside.
3. Wash and remove the outer layer (scrape out ) and cut them into small pieces.

4. Cook malbar leaves, palak leaves and radish with required water till its soft.
5. Soak tamarind in little warm water and squeeze out the pulp. Crush pepper pods and keep it aside.
6. Grate coconut and grind it with jeera/cumin seeds and curry powder with required water.

7. Keep a pan on the fire and put cooked dal and leaves - radish mixture. Add methi / fenugrik seeds.
8. Add tamarind pulp, required salt and little turmeric powder. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

9. Add ground coconut mixture, crushed pepper pods and mix it nicely and boil for 3 to 4 minutes.

10. Shift it to a serving dish and add mustard seeds seasoning. Serve it with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

You can use moong dal instead of toor dal. Use of onions and garlic is purely optional. Use of any spice powder of your choice is optional. I used home prepared curry powder. Use of more/less spice is optional. Adding methi seeds helps to reduce the cholesterol content in the curry. Adding crushed pepper pods helps to subside the gas in the curry.
Time : 20 to 25 Minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.  

Home made curry powder :

Dry roast 1 teaspoon of urid dal and 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds with 5 to 6 red chilly (byadagi) on low flame. Put off the fire and add a handful of curry leaves and a pinch of ingh/asafoetida.
Dry grind it when it is cooled. 
(This quantity is enough for only 1 time).

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Palak - Amaranth Leaves Curry.

Amaranth/ Harive soppu (Kannada) leaves are one of the healthy leaves.  They are store house of vitamins, minerals and other healthy properties. Here I have used green Amaranth leaves +  Palak with channa dal. I also have used some mild spices.
Palak - Amaranth Leaves curry goes well with all the main dishes including naan, roti, idli, dosa and plain rice.
Lets see some benefits of eating  Amaranth leaves in our diet.
Amaranth leaves are good for boosting bone strength, lower the blood pressure and it helps to improve the immune system. It helps to maintain healthy hair and good for weight loss. They contain high amount of protein, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. They are good for bone developement since they are rich in calcium. They are good for digestion because of their fiber content. They are gluten free. They also help to balance the cholesterol level in our body.
Please note that people who are suffering from kidney stone and gall bladder problems should take care while using the amaranth leaves because amaranth leaves contain moderate level of oxalates.( A kind of salt or ester of oxalic acid). Eating amaranth leaves might lead to problem.

No Onion & No Garlic are used in this Palak - Amranth Leaves Curry.

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Channa Dal/Kadale bele : 1 Cup
Palak /Spinach Leaves : 1 Bundle (Medium)
Amaranth Leaves : 1 Bundle (Medium)
Green chilly : 2
Tomatoes : 2
Capsicum : 1
Ginger Gratings : 1 Teaspoon. (a small piece)
To Add :
Pepper pods : 4 to 5
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Lemon Extract (Juice) : 1 Teaspoon
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons
Salt : As required
Ghee/Butter : 1 Teaspoon
Seasoning :
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8 leaves

Method :

1. Wash and cut leaves into small.
2. Wash channa dal and pressure cook with 1/2 cup of water for 6 to 8 minutes.
3. Wash and cut tomatoes, capsicum, green chilly and coriander leaves.
4. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again and greate it and keep it aside.
5. Dry roast pepper and jeera and powder it. (fresh is always better)
6. Squeeze out the lemon extract and keep it aside.
7. Keep a pan on the fire and add oil and heat. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
8. Add jeera, ingh and curry leaves. Add cut palak and amaranth leaves.

9. Fry nicely and add tomatoes, green chilly and capsicum. Fry for a minute.
10. Add salt, grated ginger, little turmeric powder and required water. (1/4 Cup will do).

11. Cook on low flame till they turn soft. (I have used pressure cooker).
12. Now add cooked channa dal, powdered jeera and pepper.

13. Mix it well and let it boil for 4 to 5 minutes. Put off the fire and add lemon extract.

14. Mix it well and shift the curry to a serving dish. Add coriander leaves and a spoon of ghee.
15. Palak - Amaranth Leaves Curry is ready to serve.

Note : 

The leaves should be cooked till soft to get the good taste. Adding onions and garlic is optional. You can also add half teaspoon of garam masala to get spicy taste. Adding little red chilly powder is optional. Adding ghee or butter is also optional. Add water according to your wish. (More/Less).
Time : 30 minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Palak (Spinach) - Coriander Leaves Parota

Parota is nothing but spicy chapati which is mixed/stuffed with leaves/vegetables and spices. It is normally eaten with a cup of Yogurt/Dahi and pickle or chutney.

Here I have used Millet flour (Jolada Hittu) and wheat flour, added palak/spinach and coriander leaves. Some spices. It is nice to have for dinner or breakfast. Always keep in mind eating home food is always best way to keep your health strong. Minimum use of spice also matter. Eating lots of spices might lead you to ill or unhealthy because it is not easy to digest the spicy food easily. So taking care of your health is always in your hand.
Lets see some benefits of having coriander leaves in our diet.
Coriander leaves not only helps the food tasty it adds to your health benefits. They are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and protein. They also contian small amount of calcium, phosphorous, potassium and other minerals. Coriander helps to lower the bad cholesterol and increase the level of good cholesterol. They help in digesting the food easily and helps the liver functions and bowel movements. Coriander is good for diabetes. They help to regulate the blood sugar levels. They are rich in soluble fiber and anti oxidant, anti septic and anti inflammatory properties. Coriander leaves are good for the eyes. Eating coriander helps to prevent eye diseases. It is a very good herb that promote the nervous system. It helps to stimulate the memory. Coriander contain high amount of iron and it is essential for curing anemia.
Palak - Coriander leaves parota is easy to prepare and it is healthy too. I have used Millet flour and wheat flour. It adds to the taste.

Things Needed :

Wheat flour : 1 Bowl
Millet flour : 1 Bowl
Palak/spinach leaves : 1 Bundle
Coriander leaves : 1/2 Bundle or 3 to 4 Tablespoons (Cut it into thin )
Spices Used :
Jeera /Cumin Seeds " 1/2 Teaspoon
Chilly Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Garam Masala powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder : A pinch
Salt : As required
Ghee/ Oil  3 to 4 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Wash and remove the leaves and keep it aside. Clean and wash coriander leaves.
2. Cut washed leaves into thin pieces and keep it aside.
3. Keep a big pan on the fire and heat. Put one tablespoon of oil and half teaspoon of jeera.
4. Let jeera/cumin seeds turn slightly brown. Add cut leaves and fry till they turn soft. Add spices on the top and put off the fire. Let this fried leaves mixture cool.

5. Take a big bowl/ basin and add millet, wheat flour. Add salt.

6.  Add  fried leaves mixture.  Add ghee and mix it nicely. Add required water and prepare the parota dove. Leave it for 10 minutes.

7. Mix the dough nicely and divide them into small ball size. Keep a cup of dry flour in a plate/bowl.

 8. Take one portion of dough. Just roll on the dry flour and roll it nicely in circle shape and prepare parota.
9. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add/sprinkle oil on the tava and put rolled parota and cook on both sides. ( I have used very little oil on the top).

 10. Palak -Coriander Leaves Parota is ready to serve.

 11. Serve with pickle or chutney and a cup of curd/yogurt/any curry you prepared with Hot Parota.

12. Repeat the same with remaining parota dough.
Note :
You can use a tablespoon of ghee while mixing the dough. It turns the dough soft. (Optional). Adding more oil while cooking parotas are also optional. Adding more spices to the dough is also optional. You can add chat masala and amechooru (dry mango) powder. I have not added. You can add a spoon of ghee or butter on the Hot Parota while serving.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Servings : 4