Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Spinach is one green veg. which is not a favorite option to choose. It has more nutritional value but because of its taste, most of the people and especially kids don't like to have it.
Thats the reason I will be finding the ways to use the spinach in my regular menu, and I get the ways too.
Where there is a will, there is a way!!
Here are two options to use spinach in the menu. And these are best for chapati rolls for kids. My daughters enjoyed these rolls.
Here are the recipes :
The first one is
Green Garlic and Tomato Spinach:
Spinach - 1 big bunch, cleaned, washed and finely chopped
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Garlic - 8 to 10 flakes, crushed(medium what you get in India, but if you are using big flakes, use 4 to 6)
Tomato - 1 big, cleaned and chopped
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Oil - 1 tsp
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Heat oil in a kadai. Add chopped onion and garlic. Fry till the color changes. Add tomato, salt, turmeric powder and red chilly powder. Fry for two minutes. Now add chopped spinach and mix it well. Keep on stirring. Add 1 tbsp of water. Cover and cook on slow heat for few minutes. Open, add lime juice. Mix well. Remove from the heat. Its ready to serve. You can roll into chapati or can have it as a side dish with rice.
The second one is,
Creamy Green dip:
I took this recipe from LG book given to me while buying my microwave oven. I have changed the ingredients as per my taste. And instead of using as a dip, I used it for chapati rolls.
Spinach - 1 small bunch, cleaned, washed and finely chopped
Coriander or Parsley - 1/2 cup, cleaned, washed and finely chopped
(I used coriander)
Water - 1/4 cup
Green chilly - 1 finely chopped
Onion - 1 small, finely cubed
Garlic - 1 tbsp chopped
All purpose flour - 1 tbsp
Butter - 1 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Sour Cream - 1 cup
One day old hung curd - 1cup(for healthier version and it is easily available at home)
(I used normal(not hung) curds, I just kept it in a muslin cloth for half an hour as there was not enough time to make hung curd)
Salt to taste
White pepper powder to taste
In a microwave safe bowl and chopped spinach, onion and garlic in 1/4 cup of water and microwave for 3-4 minutes at 100% power.
Drain out the excess water if any. Keep it aside and allow to cool.
In a blender or with hands, mix curds(or cream), salt, pepper, red chilli and keep it aside.
In another microwave safe bowl microwave butter at 100% power for 30 secs. Add flour and microwave for 2 mins. Stir in between.
Add milk slowly stirring it till thick at 100% power for 2 to 3 min to make a thick sauce.
I did this on gas stove.
When cool combine everything and store it in a refrigerator for some time before serving.
This can be done totally outside, on the gas stove too.
Actually this can be used as a dip with chips, French fries or French bread.
But my chapati rolls were hit and rolled into my kids stomach in no time.
Here are the rolls :
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