Thursday, April 26, 2012

I had spinach. I had tofu. Then I had this.

I had frozen spinach that needed to leave the freezer. I had some tofu in the fridge. I googled this and made it with the ingredients on hand. Some homemade chapati on the side, perfection.

Palak Da Saag with Tofu 

2 C frozen spinach
1 t. sugar
8 green chilis – small Indian variety
1 onion – finely chopped
1 t. ginger-garlic paste
1 t. garam masala
15 cashews (soak in hot water for two hours and grind into thick paste)
15 tofu cubes (grilled or pan-fried to light golden)
2 T. lime juice
1/2 t. turmeric
Salt to taste
1 T. oil and 1 T. ghee

Thaw frozen spinach. Bring water to boil in saucepan. Add spinach and little salt and sugar. Boil for 5-7 minutes. Drain water and let spinach cool. Once cooled, puree in food processor or blender with little water and chilis. Grind to coarse paste by adding a pinch of salt and sugar. In skillet heat oil and ghee.

Add chopped onion and sauté to golden brown. Add and fry ginger-garlic paste for few seconds. Add pureed spinach-green chili and 1/2 cup water. Stir in cashew paste, garam masala, turmeric and salt. Mix thoroughly. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes on medium-low heat. Before turning off the heat, add tofu and sprinkle in lime juice.

 ***I made this without the chilis, ginger-garlic paste and cashews, and it tasted delicious!

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