Spinach Chutney

Today a second group is starting Srivalli's Blogging Marathon.The theme I have chosen for this week is Cooking from cookbook.With loads of cookbooks in my library,I thought it will be a nice theme to do as it gives me chance to actually try out recipes from these books instead of just drooling over the pictures.

The book that I first chose for this theme is Sukham Ayu, a book with a treasure trove of information on Ayurveda and lots of nutritious recipes.

As promised in yesterdays review of the book, here is the spinach chutney I tried from this book.Usually I tend to alter the ingredients to suit my taste but when I cooked from Sukham Ayu, I did not make any changes. Followed the recipe as given and was rewarded with an excellent side dish.

I have used spinach in many forms and I found this recipe interesting.As the name suggests the recipe calls for spinach and Brahmi or coriander leaves. I could not find Brahmi leaves, so I used coriander leaves.The addition of yogurt to the chutney is very new to me and it really blended with the chutney.According to Ayurveda , Ghee when used in moderation is good for health and the seasoning here is with ghee which added an extra flavor to the chutney.

I used:

Spinach - 1 bunch
Coriander leaves - 1/2 a bunch
Black peppercorns - 6 numbers
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Green chilli - 1
Grated Coconut - 1 tablespoon
Yogurt - 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Ghee -1/2 a teaspoon

For seasoning

Ghee- 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds- 1/2 a teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1/2 a teaspoon
Asafoetida powder - a pinch
Curry leaves a few

  1. Wash the spinach and coriander leaves and drain in a colander.
  2. Heat ghee in a wok and peppercorns and cumin.
  3. When they splutter, add spinach, coriander leaves and green chillies. Saute for a 2-3 minutes.Keep aside for a few minutes to cool down.
  4. Grind it to a fine paste with coconut and salt. [There is no need to add water]
  5. Remove to a serving dish and mix in the yogurt.
  6. Heat a small pan with ghee and add the ingredients for seasoning.
  7. When they splutter, pour over the chutney.
  8. Mix well and serve as a side dish.

I paired this chutney with Oats Rava idli and they really complemented each other......

 Note :

This chutney is a little watery and can be used as a dip too.

Sending this to Sravani @ Srav's Culinary Concepts who is hosting her first event titled - Cooking concepts : Roti Pachadi / Chutney

Check out blogging marathon page to see what my fellow marathoners are cooking this week.

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Bon Appetit...

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