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Malai Spinach

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For economic and religious reasons, a lot of green vegetables are eaten in India. Cooks have learned how to prepare them in many ingenious and sometime unusual ways. "Malai" means creamy which is demonstrated in this recipe where the spinach is simmered in a mixture of spices and fresh cream. A simple and original recipe that simply must be tried!
  Spinach 1 1⁄2 Kilogram (3lb 5 oz)
  Onions 2
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm)
  Ginger root/3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 Small
  Oil 3 Tablespoon
  Butter 1 Tablespoon
  Turmeric 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cumin 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Creme fraiche 85 Gram (3 oz)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

Remove the stalks from spinach, then wash it thoroughly in plenty of cold water. Squeeze the spinach dry, place on a chopping board and chop roughly with a knife.

Peel and slice the onions and peel and crush the garlic. Peel the piece of ginger and grate it into bowl.

Heat the oil and the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and cook until lightly browned. Add the garlic and the ginger and cook for a further minute, stirring the mixture constantly.

Add the turmeric, the coriander and the cumin and cook for another minute until the spices begin to release their aroma.

Increase the heat a little and add handfuls of spinach, leaving the spinach to wilt slightly before adding more. Season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer over a low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir in the creme fraise and serve. You can serve the spinach with some tandooti chicken or fish, accompanied by hot naan or chapatis.

Recipe Summary

Side Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 295 Calories from Fat 170

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 19 g29.7%

Saturated Fat 3.7 g18.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 8.1 mg2.7%

Sodium 401.5 mg16.7%

Total Carbohydrates 25 g8.4%

Dietary Fiber 10 g40.1%

Sugars 4.7 g

Protein 13 g25.4%

Vitamin A 705.2% Vitamin C 187.4%

Calcium 40.3% Iron 60.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Malai Spinach Recipe