Apr 30, 2012

Soya Palak (Soya Curry With Spinach)

                  The combination of Soya nuggets and Spinach is very healthy with added nutrition from Soya proteins. Soya is an excellent source of protein including all amino acids, being the only vegetable whose protein is complete. It is also a good source of calcium, vitamins, omega-3-fatty acids and dietary fiber.

                  I prepare this curry quite often in my house as a replacement for Palak Gosht. The Soya nuggets that I have used here taste yummy paired with spinach. They are available at various food stores very commonly.

Ingredients :

Palak (spinach) - 2 bunch, roughly chopped
Soya granules - 1 cup
Onion - 2 small, finely chopped

Garlic - 2 clovesCoriander leaves - 2 bunch, roughly chopped
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tomato - 1 large, finely chopped
Coriander powder  - 2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Green chilli - 1-2 (as per taste)
Salt to taste
Oil - tbsp
Coriander leaves, chopped, garnish

Method :

Wash the palak thoroughly. Spinach, coriander leaves and green chilli in a mixie and blend to form a smooth puree.

Boil water in a pan, add a little salt and release the soya granules in the boiling water.

Boil the granules for 5 mins. Remove from flame, cover the pan and let the soya granules soak in hot water for 5-10 more mins.

Drain the soya granules and also squeeze the excess water by pressing the granules firmly with hands. Keep aside.

Take a non stick pan, heat oil and saute the chopped onions till light brown.

Add the ginger & garlic paste and fry for 2 mins.

Then add the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are mixed with the onion and ginger & garlic paste.

Now add the spinach puree and mix well. Cook for 2-3 mins.
Add the drained soya granules, salt, coriander powder, red chili powder and garam masala and mix well. Cover and cook for a few minutes.

Transfer in a serving dish. Garnish with whipped cream and chopped coriander leaves.

Sending this to Vardhini's "Healthy Diet – Vegetarian Side Dishes" event and "CWF- Spinach" event

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