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North Karnataka Jolada Rotti Oota - Part 3 - Soppina Palya | Mixed Greens Curry | Muddi Palya [Video]

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Jolada Rotti Oota is a North Karnataka Thali that has jowar roti, spicy curries and condiments along with salads and sweets. North Karnataka style soppina palya or muddi palya is a curry made with a single variety or mixed green leafy vegetables like amaranthus, spinach, methi or dill (sabasige).

jowar roti with soppina palya or muddi palya, jolada rotti oota

The third part of my "North Karnataka Jolada Rotti Oota" series is here. Today I am sharing the recipe for Soppina Palya or Muddi Palya. 

"North Karnataka Jolada Rotti Oota" refers to the "thali" or plate meal presented in the photo above. It is a popular meal in the northern regions of the state of Karnataka. The Jowar Roti or Jolada Rotti, that I shared on Tuesday, is the star of the meal. These gluten free, vegan and oil free flatbreads are made from jowar or sorghum millet and if made well, totally melt in your mouth. The bland rotti is always served with spicy sides like Yennegai, Soppina Palya and Kaalu Palya.

mixed green curry with chickpea flour

Soppu refers to any green leafy vegetable like spinach, amaranthus (harive soppu/ dantina soppu) , methi (fenugreek) or dill leaves (sabasige). This curry  can be made with either mixed greens or just a single type of greens. It is one of the simplest curries on the plate. To make the curry, you need to cook the greens until they are completely done, even overcooked works fine. You can pressure cook them too. It has minimal spices, just turmeric powder and red chilli powder. You can add garam masala or any other spice mix you want to enhance the taste.

There are different variations of the muddi palya, this recipe uses gram flour (besan) or chickpea flour in it. You can also use cooked toor dal (pigeon pea lentils) instead. The quantities in the recipe below are just guidelines, adjust them to your taste. Add more besan or dal if you want to increase the quantity of the curry or if you just enjoy the taste. Besan will make a thicker curry than dal. Add water as per your requirements.

My mom always added peanuts to the curry, so I continue to do so. If you are allergic or if you don't like peanuts, you can skip them. You can replace them with fresh tuvar also.

This Soppina Palya tastes fabulous with wholewheat rotis or naans too. 



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Soppina Palya | Mixed Greens Curry | Muddi Palya Recipe


mixed green curry with chickpea flourNorth Karnataka style soppina palya or muddi palya is a curry made with a single variety or mixed green leafy vegetables like amaranthus, spinach, methi or dill (sabasige). It is traditionally served with Jolada Rotti or Jowar Roti.

Recipe Type:  Curry
Cuisine:            South Indian
Prep Time:     15 hours
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     45 minutes
Yield:               Serves 3-4

Ingredients:


5 cups of mixed Green leafy vegetables (amaranthus, spinach, methi, dill)
1 large Onion
0.25 cup Peanuts
5-6 Tbsp Gram Flour(Besan) or 2 cups boiled Toor Dal
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
1-2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
3 tsp Oil
Water as required
Salt to taste

Method:


1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add finely chopped onions.
2. Once the onions have turned translucent, add the peanuts and saute for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add the chopped green leafy vegetables and 0.5 cup of water. Cover and cook until the greens are completely done. You can either use just one variety of greens or a mixture of what is available.
4. Add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. For added taste, you can add garam masala too.
5. If using besan, mix the besan in 1 cup of cool water until there are no lumps and add to the curry. Stir immediately and add 1 cup more water as the besan will immediately thicken. Add more water if you want a thinner curry.
6. If using dal, add the dal and mix.
7. Adjust seasoning and spices as per taste.
8. Simmer on low heat until the raw taste of the besan is gone or for 5-8 minutes.
9. Serve hot with jolada rotti or wholewheat rotis.



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10 Vegan Indian Curries [Ready in 75 minutes or less!!]

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A compilation of ten vegan Indian curries that are ready in 75 minutes or less.

ten vegan Indian curries


Hey I'm back with my compilation of 10. And this time it is Curry!!

It is obvious that being Indian, I love my curry. There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of curry on a cold night. Curry can be made with poultry, seafood and meat or it can be made with simple vegetarian and vegan ingredients. Today I am listing down 10 of my favorite vegan Indian curries from the blog. Hope you enjoy it!!

1) Lahsuni Methi Mushroom [50 minutes]


A vegan curry made by simmering mushrooms in a fragrant garlic and fenugreek flavored masala gravy. This curry is unique in fragrance and flavor because of the slightly bitter methi leaves.



2) Mushroom Palak [60 minutes]


There had to be one curry in the list that was made purely of Spinach. While the Palak Paneer is the most popular spinach curry out there, this one uses Mushrooms instead of Paneer, making it vegan friendly and popular among mushroom lovers. The mushroom also adds loads of flavor to the curry.

Mushrooms cooked in a vibrant spinach curry


3) Lauki Kofta [75 minutes]


Koftas are generally balls made of meat that are added to curries. However, here the koftas are made of bottle gourd. If you don't have bottle gourd, replace it with Zucchini which is the closest to it in texture.

Bottle gourd dumplings in a tomato based gravy

4) South Indian Chana Masala [75 minutes]


My most pinned recipe - South Indian Chana Masala. There are 2 versions of the popular Chana Masala made with boiled chickpeas - the North Indian one that is made with tomatoes and is more easily available in restaurants all over the world and the South Indian one that is made with coconut and is only available in South India.

South Indian Chickpea Curry with coconut


5) Punjabi Dum Aloo [75 minutes]


Punjabi Dum Aloo is rich, creamy yet vegan curry in which baby potatoes are simmered in a delicately spiced tomato based gravy.

Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy


6) Babycorn Masala [60 minutes]


Baby Corn Masala is a semi dry curry made by tossing stir fried Baby Corn in a North Indian style tomato masala gravy. Easy and very quick to make, this will be ready in less than an hour.

baby corn masala tomato gravy north indian curry

7) Bom Chount Wangan [55 minutes]


A unique Kashmiri curry made with green apples and brinjal or eggplant. Sweet and spicy, this curry is unique in it's flavors.

Kashmiri Apple Granny Smith Brinjal Eggplant aubergine curry bom chount wangan

8) Coorg Pumpkin Curry [70 minutes]


This curry from the beautiful region of Coorg in South India. And like all South Indian curries, this one has a coconut base. This curry is a mix of sweet, salty and spicy flavors.

Coorg Pumpkin Curry kaddu sabzi coconut vegan kumbalkai palya

9) Vegetable Stew [55 minutes]


Mildly spiced vegetable stew made by cooking colorful peppers, cauliflower, carrots and beans in coconut milk.


10) Vegetable Jalfrezi [60 minutes]


Jalfrezi is a popular curry made with tomatoes and a mix of vegetables. You can add Paneer to the curry if you are making a non-vegan version. For vegans, add some fried tofu to take it to another level.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian


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Mushroom Palak Recipe | Spinach Mushroom Curry

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Delicious vegan spinach and mushroom curry that can be cooked up in no time at all. Healthy and tasty!

Mushrooms cooked in a vibrant spinach curry


How has the week been for you guys? Remember, when I told you how awesome last week was? Well, this week's been kinda okay in comparison. I've been alone at home this week with Raj on a long forced vacation. He had to take 2 weeks off work as per company policy and so he did. He is right now spending time with his parents and sis at their house and I'm all set to travel there today. So while he's away I've been watching endless reruns of "Small Wonder". You remember that show? The show is literally as old as me. But I'm loving the simplicity of the show and it is just plain cute. I miss TV of the 90's. Right now there is barely a series on TV that I can watch without wanting to flip channels.

Back to today's recipe. So when Raj is away or skipping a meal, I only have one thing on my mind - Mushrooms!! The man won't eat mushrooms and it is super boring when I have to cook different things for him and me. So I use the few chances I get to hoard up on Mushrooms. I love Mushrooms and I love Spinach, so what's not to love in a marriage of the two.

While I'm utterly disappointed with my photos for this recipe, I really could not seem to get a good delicious picture. I know I tried, I added props, removed props, changed backgrounds, but nothing seemed to work. But I did not want to keep myself from sharing this recipe, so forgive the photos. It tastes much better than it looks.


Mushrooms cooked in a vibrant spinach curry


So this is actually a very simple vegan curry. It starts by making the spinach puree. There are no filters in the photos, the spinach gravy is really that green. And I'm going to share my secret of How to make the vibrant green gravy

  • Never ever cover spinach while it is cooking or while it is hot. That's it! Cook spinach in a open pan always. 
  • First boil the water, add the spinach and let it bubble for 4-5 minutes, then remove the pan from heat and let it rest for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Drain out the spinach and dunk it immediately in cold water. The spinach has to cool down before you move on.
  • Once the spinach is at room temperature or cooler, puree it. You can add ginger, garlic or green chillies while pureeing the spinach.
  • Now you have the vibrant green gravy. You will be cooking the spinach again, along with the mushrooms in this case, keep in mind to never cover the spinach, else you will lose the vibrancy. 
  • Also to store this curry, allow the spinach to cool to room temperature before closing the pan/box, so that the color is retained.

Mushrooms cooked in a vibrant spinach curry

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Mushroom Palak | Spinach Mushroom Curry


Mushrooms cooked in a vibrant spinach curryCurry made by cooking button mushrooms in a vibrant green spinach gravy.

Recipe Type:  Side
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     60 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2


Ingredients:


150 gms Button Mushrooms
300 gms Spinach (3 cups)
2 tsp Oil
0.5 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp finely chopped Garlic
1-2 finely chopped Green Chillies
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


1. Heat water in a large pot or pan.
2. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add washed spinach to it.
3. Allow the water to bubble for 4-5 minutes without covering the pan.
4. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 3-4 minutes.
5. Drain the spinach and submerge it in cold water or wash it with cold water until the spinach comes to room temperature or cooler.
6. Grind the spinach into a puree along with the garlic and green chillies. Keep aside.
7. Clean and halve the mushrooms.
8. Heat oil in a pan and add the mushrooms.
9. Add a little salt and allow the mushrooms to sweat.
10. Once the mushrooms are cooked to your liking, add the spinach puree and simmer for 5 minutes.
11. Add salt to taste and mix well.
12. Serve hot with phulka or rotis.
13. To store the Mushroom Palak for later and not lose the vibrant color of the spinach, allow the curry to cool to room temperature and only then cover it and store in fridge


Mushrooms cooked in a vibrant spinach curry


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One Pot Corn Spinach Pilaf | Corn Palak Pulao Recipe [Video Recipe]

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Corn Spinach Pulao - Delicately spiced Indian pilaf made with fresh spinach, sweet corn and whole spices.

Indian rice pilaf made with corn, spinach and whole spices


This Corn Spinach Pilaf / Corn Palak Pulao was long in the making.

To those who are new..ish here, we have a small balcony garden where weve been growing a few greens and vegetables. I love eating what we grow, I know it is genuinely organic. There is no pleasure greater than knowing that the food you eat is as healthy as it should be. We feed our plants with compost that we make at home again. Around 1.5 years ago, we started composting our kitchen waste and have not looked back since. Again, that is one soul satisfying venture that lets us keep garbage out of land fills while making enriching compost for our own garden and all it takes is 10 minutes of our time daily.


Indian rice pilaf made with corn, spinach and whole spices


A few weeks ago, I planted spinach in one of the grow bags out there. If you are just starting out in gardening, spinach is the first thing you should grow. It grows so easily. You plant it and water it once a day and you will see those tiny green leaves popping out in no time. And you now have a fresh supply of baby spinach ready to pluck when you want.

When I have home grown vegetables, I usually make a salad or something similar to let my veggies shine. This Corn Spinach Pulao is exactly that. It is simple, delicate, fragrant and so super easy to make. This is a classic OPOS dish - One Pot One Shot. 

To make the perfect Corn Spinach Pulao, use the best quality ingredients. This is a very simple dish, so there is nothing much to hide behind. Select the best Basmati Rice, preferably something that is long grain and aged. You can use either fresh or frozen corn. And definitely, use the freshest spinach you can get. 

Indian rice pilaf made with corn, spinach and whole spices

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Corn Spinach Pilaf | Corn Palak Pulao Recipe


Indian rice pilaf made with corn, spinach and whole spicesCorn Spinach Pulao is a delicately spiced Indian pilaf made with fresh spinach, sweet corn and whole spices. Vegan and gluten free.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3

Ingredients:


1 cup Basmati Rice
2 cups loosely packed Spinach leaves
0.5 cup Sweet Corn kernels
1 large Onion
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Tbsp Oil
0.5 tsp Cumin seeds
0.5 tsp Caraway seeds
1-2 Cloves
1-2 Green Cardamom
1 strand Mace
1 Bay leaf
0.5 inch Cinnamon
1.5 cup Water
Salt to taste

Method:


1. Wash the basmati rice 4-5 times until the water runs clear. Soak and keep aside for 20 minutes.
2. Slice the onions. Wash the spinach thoroughly and chop it.
3. Drain the rice and keep aside.
4. In a large thick bottomed pan, heat oil.
5. Once the oil is hot, add bay leaf and cinnamon.
6. Add all the other whole spices and fry on low heat for 1 minute.
7. Add sliced onions and fry for 1-2 minutes
8. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry until the onions turn golden brown.
9. Add chopped spinach and sweet corn. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes until the spinach wilts.
10. Add the basmati rice and water.
11. Add salt as per taste. The water should be salty when you taste it.
12. Cover and cook on low heat until the rice is cooked. It should take around 15-20 minutes.
13. Serve hot.



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Vegan Thai Green Curry

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Fragrant, creamy and vibrant vegan Thai Green Curry made with fresh ingredients!!


Happy 2018 guys!!! I know I’ve been AWOL for way too long from the blog and I feel extremely guilty. It may be a new year but my excuses are the same – work, home and travelling took up so much time that I could not devote enough to my one passion – my blog. I’ve missed blogging much more than anything last year and I don’t wish to repeat that again. So hopefully, you’ll see more of me and more consistently in 2018. Cheers!!

If you’re following me on Instagram, then you know what I’ve been eating and where. No? What are you waiting for, go follow me here or search for @oneteaspoonoflife on Instagram.
 
How to make vegan thai green curry recipe, asian curry recipe, how to make thai curry without fish sauce, vegan green curry recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Just to catch you up a little, I spent the last week in Chicago freezing myself. I went from a comfortable 20 degrees C (Positive) and to -20 degrees C (negative) for one week. My fingers froze when they weren’t in the coat pockets and my ear hurt when it errantly slipped out of the cap. I applaud those who brave this weather regularly, but I’m not made for that chill. While it was an a nice to experience just how that cold feels, I’m happy to be back to warm weather where I don’t need even a light jacket and I can roam around in open sandals.

I am one of those weirdos who actually likes airline food. I look forward to meals on planes. But after 8 meals in a span of one week plus a week of eating in restaurants, I’m just simply glad to be back to eat warm clean food at home. A touch of spice, a lot less cheese and a lot of health – that’s how I like my everyday food.

So my first recipe of 2018, is this warm flavorful Thai Green Curry with lots of vegetables that is perfect for cold winters. Did I tell you how much I love it? It is simply delicious plus it is hearty, healthy, vegan, gluten-free and full of fiber. Serve it with a bowl of brown rice for a healthier meal. I also had so much fun making this curry. I found all the fresh ingredients in the market and they were such a colorful bunch. I enjoyed shooting this recipe, all those colors popped beautifully.

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How to make vegan thai green curry recipe, asian curry recipe, how to make thai curry without fish sauce, vegan green curry recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Back to the recipe, one might be discouraged by the number of ingredients, but I ask you to look beyond it. The number may be more, but the effort is really not too much. The prep here is more time consuming than the actual cooking. And this is the perfect recipe to engage your family – ask your partner or kids to help out in peeling, chopping and slicing. Make it a family recipe and you won’t be so daunted. 

How to make vegan thai green curry recipe, asian curry recipe, how to make thai curry without fish sauce, vegan green curry recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

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Thai Green Curry (Vegan)


How to make vegan thai green curry recipe, asian curry recipe, how to make thai curry without fish sauce, vegan green curry recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comEasy to make vegan Thai green curry that is made with a fresh green curry paste and creamy coconut milk along with lots of stir fried vegetables.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Thai or Asian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3

Ingredients:


For the Green Curry Paste:


3 Lemongrass Stalks
2 Tbsp chopped Ginger
4-5 cloves Garlic
1 small Onion
2-3 green Onions (spring onions)
2-3 green Chillies
1 Tbsp fresh Turmeric or 0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
Handful of Basil leaves
Handful of Coriander leaves
2 tsp Coriander seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
0.5 tsp Peppercorns
Zest of 1 Lime
1-2 Tbsp Lime juice
1 Tbsp Palm Sugar (Jaggery/Sugar)
Water as required
Salt to taste

For the vegan Thai Green Curry:


1 cup thick Coconut Milk
1 cup thin Coconut Milk
3 Tbsp fresh Green Curry Paste
75 gms firm Tofu (cubed)
0.5 diced Capsicum
1 cup Broccoli florets
0.5 cup sliced Zucchini
1 small Carrot sliced
4-5 Mushrooms sliced
0.5 cups cubed Sweet Potato (boiled)
1 diced Bokchoy or handful of Spinach
3-4 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


To make the Green Curry Paste:

  • Powder the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and peppercorns coarsely. I hand pounded these in a mortar with a pestle.
  • Remove the outer later of the lemongrass stalk and chop into slices.
  • Roughly chop the green chillies, onions, green onions and garlic.
  • Add the pounded spices, lemongrass, green chillies, onions, green onions, garlic, chopped ginger, chopped turmeric, coriander leaves, basil leaves, lime zest, lime juice, sugar/jaggery and 1 tsp of salt to the food processor or a mixer and give it a whizz.
  • Scrape the sides of the jar and grind again. Add water by the spoonful to get a smooth paste.
  • Adjust salt, sugar and lime as per your taste.
  • Fill in sterilized glass jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • This recipe makes approximately 1.5 cups of curry paste.

To make the vegan Thai Green Curry:


  • Heat oil in a wok or kadhai.
  • Drain the excess water from the tofu using a kitchen towel. Add the tofu to the wok and fry until golden.
  • Remove the tofu and keep aside.
  • Add the carrots, mushroom, zucchini, broccoli, bokchoy stems and capsicum and stir fry them for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the bokchoy leaves or spinach and stir until they are wilted.
  • Cook until the vegetables are cooked to your liking and remove it from the wok and keep aside. Preferably, the vegetables should be crunchy and not overcooked and mushy.
  • Heat the remaining oil and add the green curry paste. Stir fry it for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the stir fried vegetables along with the boiled sweet potato to the wok.
  • Add the thin coconut milk and cook it for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the thick coconut milk and salt and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the tofu before serving. Serve the curry hot with steamed white rice.

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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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  • Palak Dal - Dhal made with spinach and spices.
  • Pindi Chhole - Simple curry made with chickpeas and tea.
  • Amritsari Chhole - Chickpeas cooked with tea and then added to a tomato based spicy masala.



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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Vegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata

Yum

What's next on your breakfast table? How about this light and fluffy Vegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata made from chickpea flour, zucchini and spinach!

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Breakfast time!

I've been eating clean this week. I've got some annoying breakouts on my face and I have gotta get rid of them. By clean eating, I mean no sugar, no greasy fried food, no processed food, basically no giving into temptation. So HARD, especially when people in office are getting sweets and chocolates pretty much everyday.

Instead I'm eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the start of the week I had oranges, apples, pomegranates and strawberry. Yummm. So fresh. I'm also on my way to making my first ever all natural orange face pack. Hope it works...

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Even if you don't have any acne or other skin problems, just try this little trick my sister Gee taught me. Soak orange peels in a mug of water for 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Use that water to wash your face. Careful with your eyes though - keep them shut. That water has such a fresh fragrance of oranges, it will wake you up instantly and leave your skin smelling all orange-y for a good half hour. I'm not even a fan of oranges, but I definitely loved that fresh feel in the morning. If you have any such wonderful beauty rituals, leave me a comment.

Beauty tips aside for the moment. Let me get back to my clean green recipe - Vegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata. Frittata is usually a really thick omelet that is either baked or cooked in a deep pan on stovetop. This vegan zucchini spinach frittata is made from chickpea flour or gram flour (besan). lightness of the frittata is achieved by adding fruit salt (eno). If you don't find fruit salt, replace 1 tsp of fruit salt with 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of lime juice or citric acid. Allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes to let the baking soda react with the citric acid.

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You remember this wonderful Vegan Zucchini Kale Lasagna I made last week? I still had some baby zucchinis left over from it, that I sliced into thin slices and used here in this frittata. It is clean and it is green, One green ingredient down, more to go.

I wilted some spinach with garlic and chopped that roughly and added it to the frittata for my second and last green ingredient. Toss in some chopped onions and tomatoes and we are all set to make the frittata. Here's the fun part now, you can flavor this frittata however you like. I kept it minimal and only added a pinch of turmeric and half a teaspoon of chilli flakes. You can add anything from herbs like oregano, thyme, basil to spices like cumin, fennel or carom. After all, you are the CHEF!

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Vegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata


How to make vegan frittata recipe at One Teaspoon Of Life How to make vegetarian vegan omelet recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comVegan Zucchini Spinach Frittata is a pan fried vegan frittata (thick omelet) made with chickpea flour (besan), zucchini and garlic wilted spinach

Recipe Type:  Breakfast
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     15 minutes
Yield:                Makes 2

Ingredients:


1 cup Chickpea flour or Besan or Gram Flour
2 cups chopped Spinach
2 baby Zucchini
1 small Onion
1 small Tomato
2 Garlic Cloves
1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Fruit Salt or Eno
1 cup Water
4-5 tsp Oil
Salt to taste

Method:


Mince the garlic. Finely chop the onion and tomato. Slice the zucchini.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan.
Add the minced garlic and fry for 20-30 seconds.
Add the chopped spinach and fry until wilted. It may take around 2-3 minutes.
Take the chickpea flour in a large bowl.
Add turmeric powder, chilli flakes, salt, fruit salt and 1/2 cup water. Add more water if required. The batter should be loose and light.
Heat a small non stick frying pan and grease it.
Spoon half the batter onto the pan.
Sprinkle half of the wilted spinach, zucchini, onion and tomato. Alternately, you can add all the vegetables to the batter before spooning the batter.
Cook on low to medium heat. Spoon oil on the sides.
Once the first side browns slightly, spoon 1 tsp of oil on the top and flip the frittata.
Cook until the second side browns slightly. Remove from heat.
Repeat the same steps with the other half of the batter.
Serve hot.


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