Friday, April 13, 2012

SAI BHAJI (Sindhi Palak)


Sai bhaji is a very popular sabzi in the Sindhi Cusine. It is supposed to be one of the healthiest dish as it has greens, vegetables and lentils. It is usually served with bhuga chanwara / saawa chaanwara / khichni 

Ingredients:
Palak (spinach)........ 1 bunch
Onion ........................ 1 chopped
Tomato ..................... 1 chopped
Carrot ....................... 1 chopped finely
Potato ....................... 1 chopped finely
Green chillies ........... 2
Ginger paste ............ 1 tsp
Chana dal .................. 1/4 cup (soaked)
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Dry mango powder 1tsp (or) tamarind juice 1 tbsp. (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil

For tempering:
Garlic .................. 4-5 pieces (Crushed)
Red chilli powder ......... 1 tsp.
Garam masala .............. 1 tsp.( or crushed cumin powder)

Method:
1. In a pan, take a little oil, saute the ginger, onion for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add the chopped potato, carrot, green chilli and tomato, stir fry for 2 minutes.
3. Add the chopped palak and the soaked chana dal, salt, turmeric and enough water to cook.( about 2 cups) Simmer till done.You can do this by checking the chana dal. If it is not done then add little more water as needed.(you can cook in a pressure cooker also) Now add the tamarind juice or mango powder.
4. Mash the palak and add the tempering.

Note: If you are using a pressure cooker you need to add less water. Add one cup and check on cooling. Add little more if dal is not done. Soak dal at least for one hour before adding to the palak. It cooks better.

18 comments:

  1. kabhi aap bana ke khilayen to kuch baat bane kyonki jahir si baat hai ki aap ki aap ke haathon ka sawaad kisi our ke haath me ho na ho.....so i hope one day will...

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    1. Sagar ji
      Main aap ki baat se sehmat nahin hoon,
      Har kisi ke haath ka ek alag hi swaad hota hai ....aur acha hota hai.
      Cooking ka to bas mera shauk hai ..so main apni recipes sab ke saath share karna chahati hoon.
      And thanks for the compliments and also visiting my blo

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  2. Hi Shobha,
    great blog, tried your sai bhaji recipe...........came out good(Aj loved it)keep posting all the wonderful recipes that you have....
    Parabens.
    Rashmi

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    1. Dear Rashmi,
      I am so glad...you visited my blog...tried out my recipe...and liked it.
      We miss you guys a lot.
      I sure will continue posting recipes regularly.
      Thanks and regards,

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  3. wow...nice pic with great recipe Shoba..
    Tasty appetite

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  4. Loving all your spinach recipes Shoba. Thx for linking to the event.

    Vardhini
    CooksJoy

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  5. this is by far the best saibhaji recipe. I've tried in the past but it was just okay.today i cooked your recipe and it was delicious to say the least. thank you Shobha

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    1. So happy to hear that Leila.. you made my day !

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  6. This dish is my childhood fav! Do you not use any dill or anything khatta in your sai bhaji?

    I've never made it without but now that Ive seen this, I will try it.

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    1. I don't like the dill flavour .. so I skip it.

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  7. This sounds like a delicious dish . I love spinach /dal combination.

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    1. Thanks Nayna.. this is a traditional Sindhi recipe..

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  8. I make something very similar to this, and it's such a good way to use spinach.

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    1. Thanks Dannii.. it surely is nice and healthy way.

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