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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Basale Bendi / Malbar Spinach Curry

1 bunch of Malabar Spinach
1 medium sized Onion
Pinch of Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Chilly powder
Small grape sized Tamarind
Grape sized Jaggary (Optional)
3/4 - 1 cup cooked Yellow Lentils
3/4 -  1 cup grated Coconut
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
3 - 4 Curry leaves
1 tsp Oil


Wash malabar spinach properly, separate the leaves from its stem and keep it aside. Chop the leaves into medium pieces and stems into 1 inch sized pieces. Chop the onion into medium thin long pieces.

Put tamarind, little amount of water in a bowl, mash it and keep it aside. Put this chopped leaves and stems in a pressure cooker. Add salt, chilly powder, turmeric powder, jaggary, tamarind water, chopped onion, little amount of water and cook them well (2 whistles). Once the pressure goes off, add the cooked yellow lentils and bring them to boil.

Grind grated coconut into smooth paste by adding sufficient amount of water. Add this ground coconut to a vessel containing cooked malbar spinach, mix well and bring it to boil. Add salt and water if required. Put mustard seeds and oil in a pan. Once it starts spluttering add curry leaves and then add it to curry. It goes well with any kind of Rottis/Chapathis.