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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Makai Palak

This has been on my "to do" list for years now and the "corn" theme this week for the marathon seemed like a perfect opportunity to try it. It's a simple and quick subzi to put together, even though one may get intimidated by the list of ingredients in the recipe. It is a yummy side dish that goes well with rotis / parathas and is on the similar lines of the ever popular palak paneer.
1 cup corn kernels (I used frozen corn.)
1 big bunch spinach (I got a little more than 1 cup puree)
2 - 3 green chillies (or as per taste)
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp. kasuri methi
1 big onion, chopped roughly
1 inch piece of ginger
1 tbsp. oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp amchur powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
1/2 cup milk / 1/2 cup yogurt
* Grind onion and ginger to a fine paste.
* Wash the spinach leaves along with the tender stems. Bring 6 - 8 cups of water to a boil in a sauce pan adding 1/2 tsp of sugar. Add the spinach and the chilies. The sugar aids in retaining the vibrant color of spinach. Blanch for a minute, drain and refresh in cold water. Drain in a colander again. Grind them along with kasuri methi to a fine paste in a food processor. 

The cooking part:
* Heat oil in a saute pan and add cumin seeds. When they start to change a few shades darker, add the onion paste and saute until light brown.
* Add turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, amchur and garam masala. Stir well and cook for a minute.
* Next add corn, spinach puree and salt. Cook for about 3 - 5 minutes.
* Add milk / yogurt at the end, stir and remove from heat.
* Serve hot with rotis.

Tomatoes can be added in place of amchur. Add 2 chopped tomatoes  / tomato puree after the onion paste is fried and saute until the oil gets separated.

This is going to be a part of BM #35 under the theme of "Cooking with Corn". Check what other marathoners are cooking here.



Vanamala Hebbar said...

Very nice curry

Sapana Behl said...

My favorite dish and your clicks are elegant !

Chef Mireille said...

two of my fave veggies - a great side dish!

Usha said...

Lovely color. i like spinach and corn but never tried a curry.

Srivalli said...

The presentation is so well done Suma..I love this combo as well..healthy!

Pavani N said...

Such a lovely color to that curry. Looks yummy!!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

I have never made this combination before. Looks really colorful and lovely!

Archana Potdar said...

Love your version. Must makeit now that we have a abundance of palak. I love the first pic of the makai and palak.