There are only a few children in the world who love to eat spinach. Mostly they are forced to have spinach in their food for its amazing health benefits. They usually have a negative association with the spinach regarding its taste.
It is possible to use this green leaf in a versatile manner to sustain the interest of children in it.
There is a wide variety of spinach found in India, especially in South India. It is used in a number of South Indian dishes. Crunchy vadas made from soppu (in Kannada), cheera (in Malayalam), or keerai (in Tamil), dals and sambhars as well as a meal made with koora (spinach in Telugu) are quite popular. We are going to share few popular South Indian dishes made with spinach that are so delicious that you will love to eat-
- You will find this dish mostly in Andhra restaurants and in Chennai. Here is the recipe for Koora Pappu-
- A bundle of spinach leaves
- Two cups of Toor Dal
- One large onion
- Four green chilies minced (you may increase as per your taste)
- 100 gm of tomatoes
- Two bell peppers of any color
- Eight garlic pods
- One tablespoon red chili powder
- One tablespoon turmeric
- A pinch of asafoetida
- One inch piece of tamarind
- Two tablespoons of ghee
- One and a half glass of Water
- Salt as per taste
- Cook all the above ingredients in the water on pressure cooker except ghee for ten to twelve minutes.
- Filter the excess water from the dish and mash it gently.
- Take one tablespoon of ghee in the frying pan and heat the same. Add little more minced garlic in ghee and a pinch of another asafoetida. Add this fried material to the mixture of spinach and dal.
- Put some more ghee on the top of the dish and serve hot with rice.
Drumstick Leaf Soup
It is an amazing spinach recipe, quite popular in most of the houses of Tamil Nadu. Let’s see its recipe-
- A Bunch of spinach leaves
- Half tablespoon crushed cumin seeds
- One slit green chili (you may add more as your taste)
- Five crushed garlic cloves
- One tablespoon crushed pepper
- Three cups of water
- One ground tomato
- Two tablespoons of Toor Dal
- One chopped drumstick (It is optional)
- Mix well all the above ingredients and cook them in a pressure cooker for ten minutes.
- Stir the mixture and remove the excess water.
- Add salt as per your taste and some additional pepper, if desired.
- Serve it hot.
Mulakeerai Kodamilagai Kadayal
This South Indian dish has a crunchy texture and looks attractive due to coloured capsicums. It is a type of lentil curry made with spinach leaves. Here is it’s recipe-
- Two bunches of spinach leaves
- 100 gm of capsicums
- 150 gm of split moong dal
- 10 gm of turmeric powder
- 20 gm of ghee
- 5 gm of mustard seeds
- Few curry leaves
- 3 gm of button chilies
- 5 gm of split urad dal
- 5 gm of cumin seeds
- 3 gm of asafoetida
- Salt as per taste
- Boil moong dal.
- Wash and blend the spinach leaves. Make its paste.
- Take a pan and heat the ghee. Add mustard seeds, chilies, urad dal, cumin seeds, sliced capsicums, curry leaves and little asafoetida.
- Add the boiled moong dal and spinach paste.
- Serve it hot with rice.