Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pineapple Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting (Eggless)

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Eggless Vanilla cake with fresh pineapple pieces and a light whipped cream frosting!!


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Happy Birthday to the most important people in my life - My husband and my sister!!

Coincidence? Divine plan? No idea, but the two most important people in my life share their birthday with each other. It was last week and they demanded this Pineapple Cake. Normally, I'd bake a chocolate since that's everyone's favorite, but a birthday girl/boy's wish has to be fulfilled.

So Pineapple Cake it was!!

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The last time I made this cake was four years ago on my birthday and I almost swore I'd never make it again. I was a novice at frosting cakes back then and I messed it up real bad. First I tried to make the whipped cream frosting with low fat cream by adding butter to increase its fat content. I've heard it works, but in my case I ended up with a gloopy buttery mess. Then I found that there are lots of local dairies around that sell fresh full fat cream and I went in search of that. We had to check out several stores to find the freshest of the fresh lot. And to my back luck, I over whipped it and ended up with lots of vanilla flavored sweet butter. So you understand my trauma when the pair asked for Pineapple while I was trying to steer them towards anything that needed a ganache or a buttercream.

So this time I bought back up packets of cream and guess what? All my back ups are safe in the fridge. I've finally learnt when to stop whipping the cream. My suggestion would be to use cream with at least 40% fat content and not fret about making this cake low calorie. Lets get real, this cake is a treat, and not a low cal diet eat, so close your eyes for once at the calorie count and just enjoy a slice of the delicious Pineapple Cake. 

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The first time I made this cake, was also the first time I ever bought a pineapple. It is much simpler to use canned pineapple here, but I'm all about using fresh fruit when I can. So I learnt how to peel and slice a pineapple. While I'd have loved to use the fresh pineapple straight away, it ends up getting bitter after a while, hence, stewing it in sugar syrup. You will need to stew the pineapple a few days in advance, at least one day. I made the pineapple in syrup 4 days in advance and it turned out beautifully sweet and soft. The leftover syrup can be used in smoothies or juices to add a subtle pineapple flavor. 

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Pineapple Cake (Eggless)


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Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:          International
Prep Time:     1 Hour
Cook time:     40 Minutes
Yield:              One 6" cake

Ingredients:


For the Cake:


1.5 cups All Purpose Flour (Maida)
300 gms Condensed Milk
1 cup Milk
0.5 cups Oil
2-3 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
1.5 Tbsp Cornstarch (Cornflour)
1 tsp Baking powder
0.5 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Pinch of salt

For the Whipped Cream Frosting:


200 ml Fresh medium fat cream(40% milk fat)(Chilled)
4-5 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Cornstarch
0.25 tsp Vanilla Essence

Other ingredients:


2-3 slices of canned Pineapple or 2-3 fresh Pineapple slices
1 cup Water (not required if using canned pineapple)
0.75 cups Sugar(not required if using canned pineapple)


Method:


To prepare the Pineapple:


Skip these steps if you are using canned pineapple.
Add the sugar to the water and heat until it dissolves.
Lower the heat and add the fresh pineapple slices.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
Pour the pineapple and the syrup into a glass jar.
Allow it to cool before closing the jar and refrigerating.
Preferably, do this at least 1 day in advance to assembling the cake. I made these 4 days in advance.

To make the Cake:


Sift together maida, baking powder, baking soda and cornstarch at least twice to ensure even mixing
In a large mixing bowl, take the condensed milk, vanilla essence and oil. Whisk until combined.
Add the powdered sugar and salt, mix until combined.
Add the flour by the spoonfuls and whisk until combined. When it gets harder to whisk, add in a little milk. Continue until all the flour and milk has been combined. Do not over mix, the cake will end up hard.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.
Grease two 6" round pans and line the bottom of the pan with butter paper or dust the pan with flour.
Divide the batter equally between the two pans.
Bake for 30-40 mins until done.
Cool on a wire rack until completely cool before frosting.
The cake can be made a day in advance and frosted later.

To make the Whipped Cream Frosting:


Before making the whipped cream, place the whisk and a steel bowl (in which you will be whisking) in the fridge for 30 mins.
Alternatively, place the steel bowl in an ice bath while whisking.
Pour the cream to the cold bowl and whisk until you have soft peaks.
Now add in the cornstarch, sugar and vanilla and continue to whisk until you get stiff peaks. Be careful not to over whip the cream, else it will turn to butter.

Assembling the cake:


Allow the vanilla sponge cake to cool completely.
Level the cake as required.
Spoon the pineapple syrup on both the halves.
Spread a part of the whipped cream on the lower half of the cake.
Cut the pineapple into small pieces and spread on the whipped cream.
Place the upper half on the cake on top.
Spread the whipped cream all over the cake.
Decorate with the remaining pineapple slice.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lentil Soup with Roasted Pumpkin and Dumplings

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Warm hearty healthy vegan Lentil Soup with cumin roasted pumpkin and broken wheat dumplings for cold rainy evenings!

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I'm blogging after a long time - one and a half months!! The last two months were tough. Too much happening at work, I was stressed out a lot and the thought of opening my laptop once I had shut down the office one was so stressful, I let the blog slide for a while. Add to that I had some unplanned weekend travel that left me exhausted. Toss in a sore throat and a runny nose with that and I'm sure you understand how bad the past 2 months were for me.

I did not stop cooking though, I cooked a lot!! Hoping to get all those recipes on the blog soon. First one comes today - Lentil Soup with Roasted Pumpkin and Dumplings!! (whew! long name)

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Is it raining where you are? It definitely is pouring cats, dogs and elephants where I am and I have a higher chance of survival if I were a whale. Not sure if it is our friendly South West monsoons gone rogue or the effects of a depression in Bay of Bengal, but we've received a lot more rain than the city can handle. Flooded roads are adding to traffic and increasing travel time exponentially. 

With rain, comes wind - sharp and cold!! And all this cloudy cold is making me crave is hot hot HOT.. What's hotter and more comforting than soup on a cold windy day? Let us assume that I'm only talking about food for now. So Soup it is!! 

I was browsing through some really old magazines of mine and I chanced upon my sole copy of BBC Good Food magazine. I'm really upset they stopped the magazine in India. I hope they see the merit of starting it again someday. Waiting with crossed fingers! But yeah, the magazine had this exact recipe of Lentil Soup with roasted pumpkin and dumplings that I adapted from. 

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This soup has 3 components - Lentils, Pumpkin and Dumplings.

Lentils - While the recipe mentioned Puy lentils, I used whole red lentils or Masoor. This cut down my cooking time as well as expense in half. To start with, just boil the lentils in water along with a little salt until they are done. Stop cooking before they are mushy enough to become dal. The lentils should preferably hold their shape and have the slightest of the bite in them. Cook them in vegetable broth for added flavor.

Pumpkin - Red pumpkin is roasted along with olive oil, salt, chilli powder and lots of cumin. Cube it and then roast it to reduce cooking time. These taste fabulous, so advise you to make a little extra, you can nibble on them as you cook. I definitely lost a good quantity of them to Raj and Gee while I cooked. A part of the pumpkin is pureed with the lentils and added to the soup while the rest can be just tossed in adding to the texture of the soup.

Dumplings - The recipe called for fine Bulghar wheat, what I used was Dalia or broken wheat, an Indian breakfast staple along with some millets. I soaked both the dalia and fox tail millets (navane) for half hour before draining and mixing in chopped onions, chopped coriander, salt, pepper, a tiny teaspoon of oil and plain flour. Mixed it and shaped into marble sized balls. I boiled them in water for 15-20 minutes until the wheat was almost cooked. Boil them in stock for added flavor.

The last step was combining all the 3 components and simmering for 10 minutes until everything came together. Garnish with chopped coriander and you are ready to serve.

This soup is very hearty and filling, it can keep you going for hours.

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Lentil Soup with Roasted Pumpkin and Dumplings


how to make vegan lentil soup recipe, roasted pumpkin soup recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comLentil soup with added cumin roasted pumpkins and dumplings made of broken wheat.

Recipe Type:  Soup
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     45 minutes
Cook time:     60 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3

Ingredients:


150 gms Whole Red Lentils / Masoor
150 gms Pumpkin
4 Tbsp Broken Wheat / Dalia
2 Tbsp Foxtail Millet
2 Tbsp All Purpose Flour / Maida
1 small Onion
3 Tbsp chopped Coriander
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Pepper Powder
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required
4-5 tsp Oil

Method:


Soak the lentils in water for 30 minutes.
Soak the broken wheat and foxtail millet in water for 30 minutes.
Boil 3 cups of water in a large pot and add 0.5 tsp of salt to it.
Drain the lentils and add to the pot of boiling water and cook until the lentils are done.
Drain out the broken wheat and millets. Add all purpose flour, finely chopped onions, 1 Tbsp chopped coriander, salt and 0.5 tsp pepper. Mix until combined. If it is runny, add more flour.
Shape into marble sized balls.
Boil 2 cups of water in a pot and add the dumplings into it. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked.
Dice the pumpkin into bite sized pieces. Rub with olive oil, red chilli powder, cumin and salt. Lay onto a baking sheet.
Preheat the oven to 200 degree C. Bake the pumpkin for 20-25 minutes or until done.
Blend 1/3rd of the pumpkin with 1/3rd of the lentils and add to the boiled lentils. Add salt and pepper as required. Add more water if required and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the remaining pumpkin and the dumplings and simmer for 5 minutes.
Garnish with the remaining chopped coriander and serve hot.


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cornflake Chocolate Cookie

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Dessert for breakfast or breakfast for dessert? Enjoy both with these Cornflake Chocolate Cookies!!

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There is no joy like dunking a homemade warm buttery cookie into a cup of tea or a glass of milk. Especially when you bake those few times. Don't get me wrong, I love baking, seeing the fruits of your efforts bloom and rise in the oven and fill the entire house with those heavenly aromas is something I simply cannot get enough of. But, I just fail to make the time to bake very often. So whenever I do, I celebrate the finished product. And what a celebration this was - rich chewy cookie with bits of crunchy cornflakes and soft blocks of my favorite dark chocolate. Try resisting that!!

There is only one thing to blame for this Cornflake Chocolate Cookie goodness - the idiot box!! As every other person obsessed with food, I too binge watch food channels on TV. And one of them repeatedly played these "quickies" or "shorties" of a cornflake chocolate chip cookie recipe. As far as I was the only person watching it, it was okay, I've learnt to contain my excitement now, but this video was watched by Raj and Gee and had them all excited. Their excitement rubbed off on me, and these cookies made it into this world from my tiny little oven. When I say tiny, I mean it, I had to bake them in 3 batches. Also, another reason I bake less. The first thing I buy when I buy my first house, will be a BIG bad oven!!

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I'm usually a fan of crunchy biscuits or cookies, and this was the first of my chewy lot. I LOVED loved loved every little crumb of it. It tasted of butter, dark Bournville chocolate and Corn Flakes. Raj, true to his self, grabbed one each time he entered the kitchen and Gee, true to her self, found the cookies too rich (pure butter is so wasted on some people), yet managed to down a few.

Making these cookies was actually a breeze. Just cream together the butter and sugar until well mixed, then add everything else to it and mix until combined. No chilling or shaping, just spoon them onto the baking sheet and bake them until slightly brown. The cookies will be soft when just out of the oven, they will crisp up on the outside as they cool. Keep enough space between the cookies while baking as the butter in the dough will melt causing the cookie to spread. If you want to bake later, just wrap in cling wrap or plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Remove from fridge and slice and bake it when ready. 

Use flavored cornflakes and different types of chocolate to get more variety from the same recipe.

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Cornflake Chocolate Cookie


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Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     20 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Yield:                22 Cookies


Ingredients:


100 gms unsalted Butter
1 cup Flour (maida)
1 cup powdered Sugar
1.25 cups Corn flakes
80 gms Dark Chocolate bar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
0.5 tsp Baking Powder
1-2 Tbsp Milk

Method:


Cream room temperature butter and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar until combined.
Add the flour, baking powder and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
Cut the cholocate bar into small chunks and add to the dough.
Add the cornflakes into the dough and mix until combined.
If the dough is crumbly, add the milk.
If the dough needs sugar, add the remaining powdered sugar.
If you do not plan to bake immediately, wrap the dough in cling or plastic wrap and store in fridge until ready to bake.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree C.
Grease a baking tray and roll the dough into little balls and place on the sheet.
Leave at least 2 inch space between two cookies as they tend to flatten and expand.
Bake until slightly browned on the edges or for 12-15 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.
Store in an airtight container once completely cool.
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sun dried Potato Chips | Aloo Chips | Aloogadde Sandige

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Sun dried Potato Chips - potato slices that are dried in the sun and then deep fried and tossed in seasoning. Highly addictive!!

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The Sun dried Potato Chips are the BEST, seriously guys!!!

Who doesn't love potato chips? I'm sure even the Victoria Secrets models who are eternally on a diet wouldn't mind sneaking one in, once in a while. There are so many varieties of potato chips or crisps or whatever else you might want to call them, but I assure you, this is the best. Cause of course, you will make them yourself. And tell me if I'm wrong, but anything homemade tastes so much better than the preservative loaded air filled packet stuff. 

Recently, I was reading this really old article on Reddit about what surprised non Americans when they visited the USA, I was definitely surprised with the vastness of the country and the enormous food portions. But something that definitely got me crazy was the size of the Potato Chips packets. I think they are as tall as toddlers. Why are they so big? Are they meant to be family packs? If yes, how large is this family? Don't people get bored of the flavor after going through quarter of the packet? Or is it meant to last a month? I did not get that at all. I went a little nuts over the number of flavors though, you get every flavor under the sun.

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Back to the Sun, that's really the focal point today. Did I tell you how the Sun cheated us this year?We had the shortest summer ever, just ONE month. Just April. Summer came and went in the blink of an eye. Summer gets replaced by Monsoons in this part of the world and then everyday is just a dull cloudy day dotted with spells of rain. Usually, I'm a big fan of the rains, I simply love how everything turns bright green, and that fragrance when the rain hits the earth is simply divine. And rains, means deep fried deliciousness and loads of hot cups of chai. But this year I was a little disappointed. I had so many things planned for Summer, and I could barely scramble them in, in a month. But what I did manage to do , was sun dry some potatoes. 

You may have only heard of sun dried tomatoes, but believe me sun dried potatoes are even better!! And people have been doing it for ages, just not me though. This was my first and definitely not my last attempt. Potatoes barely take 3-4 days to dry and the drying makes them intense and all the more potatoey (if that were a word). 

So...

STEP 1 - Wash, peel, and slice the potatoes. 
STEP 2 - Soak the slices in salted boiling water until they are just about done.
STEP 3 - Lay them out on a cloth to dry in the sun.
STEP 4 - Deep fry them and toss them in salt and chilli powder.

Step 4 can be done months later. The chips can be stored for 3-4 months easily if stored in a clean dry air tight container. The good thing here is, you can decide how much to fry, you don't need to fry the entire batch at once and worry about them going soft, however, I assure you, that is not a problem, coz like all potato chips, these are irresistible.

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Some tips to make sure your potato sun drying turns out to be the best...

1) Do not slice the potatoes very thin like you would for regular chips. These need to be around 2mm. 
2) As you slice the chips, put them in water so they don't darken due to oxidization.
3) The chips are soaked in boiling water until they are just about done. If you take them out too quickly, the chips will darken while drying. If you leave them in there too long, they will be completely cooked. So you need to drain them out in 5-8 minutes. Squeeze a chip in between your thumb and index finger and the chip should give when you apply a little pressure. If it does not, it still needs to be cooked, if it gives too soon, it is overcooked.
4) Dry on a cloth, not a tray or plate or paper. The chips will stick to whatever you have placed under it, and removing them from a tray or paper can be difficult. Preferably, use a white cloth or a light colored one as you don't want color running onto the chips.
5) If the chips turn black on the edges or in small spots, you can still use them, just make sure these are the ones you fry first.
6) If you don't have enough sun, place them in the shade, they will dry there as well, but will take much longer.

And last, you can flavor these chips with whatever flavor you like - curry, mint, oregano etc. Just do it immediately after frying while the chips are still hot so the flavor sticks to them. Or you can just salt them and enjoy the potato flavor to its maximum.

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Sun dried Potato Chips


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Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     3 days
Cook time:     10 minutes
Yield:                Serves 4-5


Ingredients:


3-4 medium sized Potatoes
Salt to taste
Red Chilli powder to taste
Water as required
Oil for deep frying

Method:


Wash and peel the potatoes.
Slice the potatoes to about 2mm thickness and immerse in water to prevent them from browning.
Boil water in a large pot, add salt.
Once it comes to a rolling boil, lower heat and add the potato slices to it. Boil for 2-3 minutes then turn off the heat.
Let the potato slices soak for 5-8 minutes. Squeeze a slice between your thumb and index finger and it should give slightly after you apply a little pressure. If it does not, allow it to soak longer. If it gives too quickly, it has overcooked, remove from water immediately.
Drain the potato chips and lay them out on a white cloth in the sun. Cover with a light muslin cloth to prevent dust from settling on to the chips. You can dry them in shade as well.
Leave it in the sun for 3-4 days or until completely dried.
Store in a clean dry air tight container. It can be stored for 3-4 months.
When you want to eat the chips, deep fry them and toss with salt and chilli powder immediately.


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Chhole Palak | Chickpeas and Spinach Curry

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Chhole Palak - Vibrant mildly spiced curry made with spinach and chickpeas. Guilt-free and hearty. Get ready for compliments!!

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This week I resurrected two things, a phone and this recipe of Chhole Palak.

I am an Engineer, yet (or may be that is exactly why) I believe in if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. So while my little nokia brick phone continued to work fine over the years, I never thought I needed a new phone. I had friends grumbling that I’m the only one who is not on WhatsApp while their grandma’s had embraced the new technology. My dad actually did it before me. Finally, 3 years ago, I agreed to move on with the world and buy a smartphone.

I was so used to a little thing that fit into my pockets and could be dropped a hundred times (sometimes in water too) and nothing would ever happen to it. I guess I kinda did the same thing to my not-so-robust smartphone and now it is broken. The verdict is out – it can never be fixed. My trusty (not so trusty anymore, isn’t it?) smartphone is gone and will never be back. At least I got my data off it. But by the time I decide what my next smartphone should be, I resurrected my little nokia brick phone and guess what? It works like a dream, till date.

I’ve been off all social media for a week. No WhatsApp, no Instagram, no Pinterest. Not good news for the blogger in me, but very good news for the reader in me. I had so much time; I finished 2 books in 4 days and was craving for more. I have a temporary smart phone now, but I also have 2 more books that I’m determined to finish. Wish me luck.

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The second thing, I resurrected was this 2 year old recipe – Chhole Palak. Smooth vibrant green spinach gravy with just a hint of chilli and garlic and soft salty well cooked chickpeas. Pair it with some soft Naan bread or whole wheat rotis, and be ready to accept all those compliments.

Now the first thing I think of when I see spinach is Palak Paneer. The famous spinach and cottage cheese curry. Two years ago we went to a restaurant and had their palak pindi chhole and loved it. That was the first time I tried to make Chhole Palak. I wish I could smuggle that recipe out from the chef who prepared it, but until then, I'm trying out my own versions. While the restaurant version had finely minced spinach, I went ahead and blended it into a silky smooth puree just like in Palak Paneer.  See how vibrant that green is? Secret to how to maintain that brilliant green is in the recipe below.

This was the first time I ever ate spinach with chickpeas. Common knowledge has it that spinach pairs really well with all types of cheese, but adding chickpeas, was definitely a revelation to me.  I love chickpeas; there is no doubt about it. Whenever I cook chickpeas, I always make extra. They are brilliant to snack on, especially in the form of this Chhole Chaat or chickpea salad. Flavor rules always, but there is something else that has kept me coming back to this recipe. It is guilt free and filling. On the day I took it for lunch, it kept me from feeling hungry for a long time. Perfect for the days when I am looking for a healthy meal with minimal effort. 

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Chhole Palak | Chickpeas in Spinach Gravy


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Recipe Type:  Main Course
Cuisine:          North Indian
Prep Time:     8 hours 
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:              2 Servings

Ingredients:


1 cup uncooked Chickpeas (Chhole) or 1 Tin of Chickpeas
3 cups chopped Spinach
1 large Onion
2-3 cloves of Garlic
1/2 inch piece Ginger
1-2 Green Chillies
1 tsp Cumin seeds
3-4 tsp Mustard Oil 
Salt

Method:


Soak the chickpeas overnight or for 6-8 hrs (if using uncooked ones).
Boil them with 1-2 tsp of salt and water until they are done and not mushy.
Drain the water and keep aside. 
Wash the spinach thoroughly and drain it.
Heat water in a large pot and once it comes to a boil, add the spinach in. 
Boil the spinach for 7-8 minutes without covering the pot. Turn off the heat and allow the spinach to stay in the hot water for another 2-3 minutes.
Drain the spinach and immediately immerse in cold water or water with ice cold water. This is what retains the vibrant green of the spinach.
Grind the ginger, garlic, onion and green chillies together with a little water until smooth.
Heat oil in a kadhai/pan and add the cumin seeds.
Once they are slightly browned, add the onion puree and fry until slightly browned or for 3-5 minutes on low heat.
Add the spinach and mix well. Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Do not cover. Covering the spinach while it cooks turns it from bright green to a more brownish green.
Add chickpeas and cook for another 2-3 mins.
Add salt. Be aware of the fact that the chickpeas are already salted.
Serve hot with rice/roti/naan.
If you plan to store it for later, allow it to cool to room temperature before covering the curry, else it will lose the vibrant green color.


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