Paalakchi Patal Bhaji is a high protein Maharashtrian style spinach curry . The curry is super delicious with peanuts , coconut , yogurt and gram flour .
Paalakchi Patal means Spinach leaves and Bhaji means curry . I made this super delicious curry for the Protein Rich Maharashtrian spread . I had carefully selected a complete array of Maharashtrian dishes which were high in Protein .
Spinach is a super good food and It is one green that I eat but with lot of hesitation . My family laughs at me because I get spinach regularly and when it comes to cooking I always cook something interesting along with it . As a result spinach remains a side and is overpowered by another dish . When cooking for the Protein Rich Thalis I included spinach in all the thalis and enjoyed it too . Perhaps a new recipe is what gives me the push .
Coming back to Paalakchi Patal Bhaji , it has a unique flavor . The gram flour and yogurt are blended and this gives it a very nice texture and flavour . The soaked gram and peanuts taste heavenly , to tell the truth I was digging for these two when I made this curry . If you wish you could increase the proportion of these . This curry can be served with rice or chapati but I prefer it with hot chapatis .
Palakchi Patal Bhaji
1 tbsp Bengal gram
2 tbsp peanuts
250 gms spinach
1 tbsp gram flour
1 cup yogurt
11/2 tbsp ghee / oil
11/2 medium onions, minced
1 tbsp dried coconut
Salt to taste
11/2 tbsp oil / ghee
3/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ginger , grated
2-3 green chillies
4 cloves garlic
Soak gram and peanuts for 30 minutes.
Cook gram and peanuts in their soaking water for 3-5 minutes . Drain and set aside .
Clean spinach , wash and chop fine .
Blanch in 500 ml boiling water for 2-3 minutes . Drain and set aside .
Mix gram and yogurt in a bowl till smooth .
Heat 11/2 tbsp of fat and sauté the onions over low heat for 4-5 minutes .
Add spinach , gram and peanuts . Sauté for 4-5 minutes .
Stir in the gram yogurt mix , increase the flame to medium and bring to a boil and cook for 3-4 minutes .
Mix in salt and add coconut .
Reduce the flame and simmer for 3-4 minutes .
Heat ghee / oil in another pan for seasoning .
Add mustard seeds, let them pop .
Stir in turmeric, ginger , green chillies and garlic .
Cook till golden.
Pour the seasoning over the spinach, stir once and cover the pan for 2-3 minutes .
Serve hot with rice or chapati .
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