p Box o' Spices: Spinach Poriyal

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Spinach Poriyal

Every morning I wake up to the sound of a man yelling "Aaku kooreeey" which means Leafy greens in Telugu. He comes on a bicycle carrying some 10 big bags each filled with the freshest greens like spinach, coriander, curry leaves, mint, methi and some others which i don't recognize. The first time I took my wallet and went down to buy some spinach and mint. After paying 2$ a bunch in the US I just was taken aback when he said it was Rs.2 for 4 bunches. They were smaller bunches, but still... 2 rupees. and its almost door delivered. everyday. Now I don't think we can come up with any excuse not to eat them regularly. This is one dish I started making and seems to be quite popular around here.

Spinach: 4 small bunches - bottom half of stem removed and rest chopped fine. (you could also use frozen chopped spinach)
Onion: 1 medium sliced thin
Garlic: few cloves sliced thin
Green chilies: according to taste. chopped fine
Jeera, curry leaves
lemon juice: few drops

Wash the spinach well, and chop.
Heat some oil, add jeera, curry leaves, garlic and green chilies and fry for a minute.
Add the onions and fry until brown.
Add the spinach and salt and cook until soft. Add very little water if necessary.
Finally add some lemon juice and revove from the stove.
Serve as side dish with rice and dal/sambar.


At 8:14 AM, Blogger Asha said...

How lucky you are!:)) Atleast we get Spinach easily here even if we have to pay that much!I love this dish,simple and great side dish for rice and sambhar.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Spicelover said...

Thanks Asha. I used frozen spinach and other veggies regularly before and do sort of miss that convenience too.


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