Friday, September 6, 2013

BEEHA / BEA PALAK


Beeha / bea  ( lotus stem / kamal kakdi ) is one of the delicacy in the Sindhi Cuisine. We have a variety of preparations with this vegetable like daag wari bhaji, seyala bhaji, beeha ji tikki, chutney wara beeha, beehan ja pakora etc etc... When in season we add it to almost all the curries and meats.Cleaning this is the toughest part because it is covered with mud and kept fresh by sprinkling water over it. We have to wash it very well before using. Scrape the outer skin and cut into slanting slices. This way it will not be very hairy when you bite it. Today's recipe is beeha palak.

Ingredients:
Palak / spinach .... 1 bunch
Bea / beeha ....... 10-12 slices
Onion .....      1
Tomato ..... 1
Green chillies ... 2-3
Ginger ...... 1 tsp (grated)
Garlic .... 1 tsp ( crushed)  - you can add more too . It tastes better.
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder   1 tsp
Cumin powder ...... 1 tsp
Red chilli powder .. 1/4 tsp
Salt ... to taste
Oil .... 3-4 tbsps


Method:
1. Scrape the bea (lotus stem) wash well and cut slanting slices. Boil adding salt preferably in a pressure cooker.
2. Chop the palak and wash it well.
3. In a pan add oil and saute the sliced onion until translucent.
4. Add the ginge,r garlic, green chillies and tomato. Saute until tomato is cooked.
5. Now add the palak, salt and the dry spice powders mentioned.
6. Simmer it adding a little water until half done.
7. Now tip in the lotus stem slices and add a little water if needed.
8. Cook on very low flame stirring occasionally.


Serve with rotis.

Tip: If you like the garlic flavour add a tadka of crushed garlic wth a pinch of red chilli powder in the end before serving. It gives good colour and taste.


22 comments:

  1. Looks delicious..

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  2. Wow I have learned one more dish of lotus stem that's too good..

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    1. Thanks dear.. hope you will make these dishes

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  3. Hi,

    I really love your blog. Just wanted to say Thank You for sharing your recipes with us. When I miss home food or my mom and sister are not available to provide any sindhi recipes, I always look at a recipe on your blog, and try it out!

    Please keep blogging with the same spirit!

    Cheers!

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    1. So happy to hear that you like Sindhi food and try out from my blog..:)

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  4. Never tried this before,healthy yummy dish

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  5. very nice combo and looks super yummy :) love to have them with phulkas !!

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  6. Never heard this before.....Love this texture......
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  7. Never cooked with lotus stems before!! Looks interesting!!

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  8. I have never cooked with this vegetable, it sounds tasty.

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    1. Yes it is nice and different.. must try

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