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Indian Spinach

Original recipe is called Saag Paneer, but since I didn’t add any paneer I guess it’s just saag? Anyway, it’s spicy and delicious. This is one of those recipes where I measured carefully rather than eyeballing it – you don’t want to actually add too much garam masala because your spinach will taste like potpourri! Also, I like very spicy food and I only used a half a serrano pepper – it had a good amount of heat. If you don’t like very spicy food I’d suggest trying a quarter of a serrano. I also used greek yogurt for the protein bump.


This picture isn’t all that appetizing, but I promise it tastes good!

Indian Spinach
from Aarti Sequeira

1 (16-ounce package) frozen chopped spinach
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 (1-inch thumb) ginger, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large green serrano chile, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon store-bought or homemade garam masala
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup plain yogurt, stirred until smooth

Directions

Thaw the spinach in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish, 5 minutes on high, then puree in a food processor until smooth. Alternatively, you can chop it up very finely with your knife.

Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to the pan. Add the onions, ginger, garlic and chile. Saute the mixture until it’s evenly toffee-coloured, which should take about 15 minutes. Don’t skip this step – this is the foundation of the dish! If you feel like the mixture is drying out and burning, add a couple of tablespoons of water.

Add the garam masala, coriander and cumin. If you haven’t already, sprinkle a little water to keep the spices from burning. Cook, stirring often, until the raw scent of the spices cook out, and it all smells a bit more melodious, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the spinach and stir well, incorporating the spiced onion mixture into the spinach. Add a little salt and 1/2 cup of water, stir, and cook about 5 minutes with the lid off.

Turn the heat off. Add the yogurt, a little at a time to keep it from curdling.  Serve.

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