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Aloo / Palak Bhaji

Rashmi.vilas's picture
Alu (colocasia)/ palak (spinach) bhaji is a must on the festive occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The colocasia / spinach leaves are cooked and wonderfully blended in tangy tamarind and aromatic flavours of asafoetida, ground cumin and coriander. Tastes amazing with both hot rice or puri.
Ingredients
  Alu/Palak, spinach 5 Cup (80 tbs), chopped (Colocasia)
  Peanuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chana dal 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Chickpea Or Garbanzo Beans)
  Cashew nuts 8
  Gram flour 1 Tablespoon, mixed in water (Besan)
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Jaggery To Taste
  Tamarind pulp To Taste
  Green chilies 2 , finely chopped
  Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Directions

MAKING
1) In a pressure cooker, heat the oil, add green chiles, palak / alu, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, ground cumin and coriander.
2) Saute for a few seconds, then stir in chana dal, peanuts and cashews.
3) Cover with water and pressure cook for about 20 minutes.
4) Remove from the pressure cooker and mash the mixture with wooden masher, or a wire whisk until thoroughly blended.
5) Bring the mixture to a boil, then add jaggery, tamarind and adjust the consistency with water.
6) Stir in the besan mixture and salt, simmer over a low heat for 2-3 minutes.
7) In a small pan, heat 1 teaspoon oil, add mustard seeds and asafoetida, allow to splatter and stir into the prepared alu/palak mixture.

SERVING
8) Serve the hot alu / palak bhaji with puri or rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Indian
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Saute
Dish: 
Curry
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Spinach
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
3
Story
Alu / Palak bhaji is my favourite recipe not because of its simple rustic taste but also because it is a great way to include lots of greens in daily diet. Preparing this wonderful dish on Ganesh Chaturthi is a tradition and no feast is complete without it.

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4 Comments

Anonymous's picture
Alu palak sabji can be teamed with any kind of bread and rice preparation.
Gourmet.lover's picture
looks scrumptious
FitGal's picture
Alu Palak Bhaji is my favorite meal item on the Ganesh Chaturthi menu. However, I try to make this dish in different, e.g, try adding any other greens to alu and savor the taste.
emilyvyomahallaway's picture
I prefer palak separately and aloo bhaji separately..A no-no for me...