Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Palakura/Spinach Fry

I love my ammama's (grand mother) hand made totakura/amaranth leaves curry.She prepares it authentic way,the addition of garlic gives that nice flavor.I prepare palakura/spinach curry in the same way.Here comes her recipe.
Nutritional values:Spinach nutrition is amazing. The calcium content in spinach strengthens bones.The A and C vitamins in spinach plus the fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients help control cancer, especially colon, lung and breast cancers. Folate also lowers the blood levels of something called homocysteine, a protein that damages arteries. So spinach also helps protect against heart disease.The flavonoids in spinach help protect against age related memory loss.
Spinach's secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly. Foods rich in lutein are also thought to help prevent cancer.

Fresh or frozen, add these greens to your food menu as often as you can.
Spinach/Palakura - 1 packet
Onion - 1 small
Green Chili - 1 big
Garlic - 2 cloves
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2tsp
Spring onions - 3tsp
Cilantro - to garnish
Coriander powder -1/4 tsp

1.Wash and cut the spinach/palakura,onions,green chillies,garlic,spring onions,cilantro .
2.Heat oil in a pan ,add jeera/cumin seeds.Once cumin seeds start to splutter ,add onion,green chili ,saute them until the onions are transparent.
3.Add turmeric/haldi ,mix and add chopped spinach/palakura .Saute it for 5 min,add salt and cook it covered for 8 min.
4.Add chopped garlic and fry the spinach for 5 min on medium flame ,switch off the heat.
Serve hot spinach/palakura with rice/roti.
Sending this to only-greens event hosted by Saraswathi and Pari.


Jayanthy Kumaran said...

looks very delicious n yummy..
healthy recipe..thanks for sharing..
Tasty appetite

aipi said...

Very yummy looking spinach fry..lovely green color!

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Priya Suresh said...

I can have this spinach fry everyday..healthy fry.

Pushpa said...

Love greens any day,Yum!

Mrs K said...

Sindhi's have a similar preparation,it is called nijhhi palak.I love this and it reminds me I have not made this in a long time :(

Shobha said...

I had made the Red Amaranth sabji the same way yesterday.It is really an easy and healthy curry.

Unknown said...

Oh how healthy it is :)

Smitha said...

@Jay,Aipi: Thank you ,It's very healthy and adding that garlic gives extra flavor.
@Priya,Pushpa:Thank you !
Mrs K:You should try making it.
Shobha:I love the red amaranth sabzi.
Ananda: Yea it is very nutritious.

Tahemeem said...

Love the color... beautiful dear :)

Joshri said...

Good nutritional fry. I like this and your post reminded me one more dish of spinach.

Smitha said...

@Tahemeem & Josh:Thank you

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