Sunday, March 17, 2013

RED AMARANTH LEAVES SABJI



Red amaranth leaves are highly nutritious and contain three times more calcium than spinach. The youngest leaves have a milder flavour and are good to use in salads, the mature leaves are better cooked like spinach. Anything you would use spinach for, just use amaranth leaves exactly the same way.



Ingredients:
Red amaranth leaves ... 1 bunch
Onion ...................... 1 ( sliced )
Chana dal ............... 1/4 cup ( soaked in water )
Green chillies ......... 1-2
Tomatoes ................ 1
Tamarind juice ... 1 tbsp.
Salt ....................... to taste
Turmeric powder ... 1/4 tsp.
Cumin powder ....... 1/2 tsp.
Coriander powder ... 1/2 tsp.
Ginger-garlic paste .... 1tbsp.

For tempering:
Cumin seeds ..... 1 tsp.
Mustard seeds ... 1 tsp.
Asafoetida .... a pinch
Whole red chillies ... 2
Dessicated coconut ..... 1 tbsp.
Oil


Method:
1. Soak the chana dal for at least one hour.

2. Separate the amaranth leaves from the stalks ( use only leaves) and wash them well.

3. In a pan heat a little oil and add the tempering ingredients. When they crackle, add the onion, green chillies and ginger garlic paste. Saute for 2 minutes.

4. Now add the tomato and the spice powders and put the amaranth leaves and the soaked chana dal.

5. Add one and half cups water, tamarind juice and let it simmer on very low flame until done.
Dal should remain whole ( do not overcook or mash it)



12 comments:

  1. Yummmm! Shobha, this takes me back to my childhood days. Keralites use this failry often in their cuisine (we call it 'cheera') and my Mom was a crusader for its nutritive value! Thank you so much for reviving the memories - I had forgotten about this... will try it out soon.

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    1. Thanks Meena ..I love this vegetable.It goes so well with jowar rotis.

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  2. Enjoyed browsing thro' ur space and glad to follow u:):) Lovely recipe and very healthy too,I too prepare it quite often but ur version sounds interesting too.

    Chitchat

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    1. This has a South Indian touch..
      Thanks for liking my space and being a follower

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    This dish looks cool!

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    1. Thanks dear Sowmya.. will visit your blog too and follow.

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  4. Wow...very healthy and tasty recipe....You got a lovely space..
    FunWidFud

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  5. I really learn lots of good vegetarian recipes from you guys, looks yummy.

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    1. Thanks and I am glad to hear that

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  6. I love red spinach.. sad tht we dont get it here.. but just love this dish, perfect with rice..

    US Masala

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    1. Thanks Aipi.. I really like it a lot too.

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