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)



26 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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  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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  7. I grow red spinach every year and right now have to large areas full of them. I wil surely try this recipe and it has added channa too.

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    1. Nice to know that you grow it in your garden. Home grown veggies are so precious and organic. I have planted it in a small pot too.

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  8. Love this sabji with Amaranth leaves. You have made it exactly like my mom would have made it. It simple and yum.

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  9. Red amaranth leaves subzi looks delish shobhaji, adding chana dal makes it more hearty. We too make something similar. Makes a lovely combo with rice and roti.

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    1. Thanks. Yes chana dal add a lovely flavour. Sometimes I make it plain too.

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  10. I must say that its a super healthy and delicious side dish. Red amaranth and chana dal with all the spices definitely taste great. I would love to try it soon.

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    1. Do make it Sujata. This combo is really good

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  11. Red Amaranth sabji with chana dal looks good. This is something I would like to try soon, it tastes good with jowar roti. Lovely one.

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    1. Yes, it pairs well with jowar rotis. Do try it

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  12. Love using red amaranth leaves whenever I get them. Like how they are abundantly available in India during the winter months. Love the idea of making it with chana dal as usually I make it with brinjal.

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    1. Brinjal and amaranth sounds like an interesting combo. I would love to try that. Do you have the recipe in your blog ?

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  13. winters bring the best greens,I usually make sambhar with amaranth leaves. this stir fry/ dry sabji is so delish !

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    1. Sambar with amaranth leaves sounds good. I have never tried it.

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