Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ALOO PALAK/ Potato-green palya

Spinach (Palak in Hindi and soppu in Kannada and also khire in tamil) and potatoes are one of everyone’s all-time favorite vegetables because of the fresh taste and variety of sides for roti and chapatti is been prepared in many parts of India. I tried new type of dish for chapatti which could also be taken as sides for rice and naan. Here I disclose it !!!

Palak/ any greens- 1 cup
Potato pieces- 1 cup
Green chilies- 2-3 sliced into half
Cumin- 1 tb sp.
Lemon- 1 slice
Pepper powder- ½ tb spoon
Salt to taste
Coriander/ Cilantro leaves
Mustard seeds, oil and turmeric- to saute
(Optional: tamarind and jaggery as taste enhancers)

  1. In a pan heat oil, add mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin seeds and coriander leaves (Cleaned and washed in water).
  2. Add green chilies and potatoes. Saute in oil until potatoes are cooked. Make sure to add little water when required.
  3. Once potatoes are cooked, add palak leaves (finely chopped) and stir for 2-3 minutes. Water can be added for maintaining required consistency.
  4. Add lemon, pepper and salt. Boil this for 5 minutes.
  5. Here, palak is not over cooked, as you can see lemon, pepper and salt are added soon after allowing palak on heat for 2 minutes. This makes clear that palak taste is retained. Green chilies will give hot taste while lemon will be tangy.
  6. Serve with chapathi.  


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