Catching the monkey with spinach bhaji

Mallika Basu - Catching the monkey with spinach bhaji

Posted 7th September 2007

spinach-bhaji.jpgAll these new cookery programmes have me hooked. And they seem to be having a rather strange effect on my little sister too.

In a bold move likely to transform her life altogether, she has decided to ditch her favoured cabbage soup and salad diet in favour of quick Indian cooking.

When she asked if I might teach her some easy recipes, I nearly choked and passed out. I managed a weak “of course” masking my excitement and unbelievable luck.

(A real-life, live-in case study – there is a GOD)

Sadly, it’s not going to be as easy as I first thought. She has already sliced her thumb, hurt her shoulder and virtually died at the sight of one tablespoon of oil. And I’m only just getting started!!

I’ve decided to “slowly, slowly catchy monkey”. I cooked the masala fish and jeera aloo in front of her and then a very simple spinach bhaji.

Wish me luck! And here’s the spinach bhaji for the beginning of your own kitchen adventure.

This recipe serves 2:

150gm frozen spinach

1 tsp mustard seeds

10 curry leaves

1 tsp lemon juice

1 dry whole red chilli

1 tbsp sunflower oil

Salt to taste

In a small frying pan, bring the oil to heat on a high flame.

When it’s hot, throw in the mustard seeds, red chilli and curry leaves to make a tarka. When they start sizzling and releasing their heady aromas, take the frying pan off the fire.

Put the spinach and the tarka in a microwaveable bowl. Add some salt to taste, cover and microwave on high for four minutes until the spinach is drefosted.

Take the bowl out of the microwave carefully and mix the spinach into the tarka. Then put it back in the microwave and heat for another minute until piping hot.

To finish, stir in the lemon juice and enjoy as a side dish to your meal.

14 responses to “Catching the monkey with spinach bhaji”

  1. Shammi says:

    Haha… I take it your sister doesnt object to being called a monkey, as long as it’s not “you FAT monkey” 😀

  2. Happy Cook says:

    Good luck with your sister.
    Keep us informed about her improvment.
    So not fatty dishes for your sis then.

  3. sandeepa says:

    Hey how is the sis doing in the bollywood venture ? Maybe she wants to feed the stars Indian food 🙂

  4. coffee says:

    Sis and bollywood???!!!! Who’s that girl!!????

  5. Tee says:

    All the best ! I am sure your sister will develop a great love for Indian food, and starting with this simple yet delicious spinach bhaji, seems like a great idea! 🙂

  6. Joanna says:

    Great spinach recipe – we eat a lot of spinach, so it’s good to have a new way to cook it … thanks for sharing


  7. sunita says:

    We too have spinach a lot…love you’re microwavable version. As for all those cookery programmes, they do seem to be flooding the channels indeed…no wonder your sis is being affected.

  8. sunita says:

    ooops! That was supposed to be ‘your’ 🙂

  9. satya says:

    such a simple recipe.Must try.Are you sending it to srivalli’s event?

  10. Anita says:

    Ah…the actress succumbs! about the tablespoon of oil – tell her it is to keep her (and yours too!) youthful skin smooth, supple, and glowing (no kidding). And that all important (you know why, right? 😀 ) Vitamin K, is alas, only fat soluble.

  11. Jenn says:

    I really enjoyed browsing your blog . I love Indian food but, as of now, I have not ventured myself in cooking too many indian recipes at home. Your website really makes me want to try though, so thank you!

  12. Kanchana says:

    Hehe, Indian food is a great way to make lowfat tasty meals with tonnes of veggies. Good for you, glad you are inspiring the little sis.


  13. kathryn says:

    Mallika, great recipe – and so very easy. Thanks for this one. The horror at one tablespoon of oil made me laugh!

  14. Rita says:

    It’s nice of you to teach your sister…i think she will soon fall in love with indian cooking…the spinach looks great.

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