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Lal Saag & Mooli Muthia/Savoury Steamed Dumplings of Amaranth Leaves & Mooli

Savoury Steamed Dumplings of Amaranth Leaves & Mooli

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Lal Saag & Mooli Muthiya

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am trying to incorporate more leafy vegetables in my daily diet. Spinach, fenugreek leaves, dill and amaranth leaves are staples with my vegetable seller. I really don’t know why I don’t buy more of them and am consciously trying to change that pattern.

It has been a long time since I have posted muthia recipe so here is another one from my repertoire which includes lal saag (amaranth leaves) and mooli along with its green leaves.

super delicious, low in fat and totally satisfying

Unlike some greens which tend to be delicate, amaranth leaves and their tender stems are quite hardy and so can withstand the extended steaming time required to cook these muthia.

I have ready muthia flour which I used along with some bajra atta (flour of pearl millet) and instant oats. If you want to try this recipe in your kitchen but don’t have the ready flour, you can use a mix of coarsely ground wheat flour and coarse semolina along with any other flour of your choice like bajra, jowar (sorghum) or ragi (finger millet).

Ingredients

2 Cups muthia flour

1 Cup bajra flour

1/2 Cup instant oats

500 Grams amaranth leaves

1 Large mooli

1-2 Tablespoons sesame seeds

1-2 Tablespoons paste of minced green chillies and ginger

1 Tablespoon Turmeric powder

1 Tablespoon oil

1 Teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (plain Eno)

Salt to taste

Method

  1. Chop and wash the amaranth leaves. Include tender stems.
  2. Scrape, wash and finely grate the mooli.
  3. Chop and wash leaves of mooli.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the vegetables and remaining ingredients.
  5. Mix everything well with your hand.
  6. Continue mixing and bringing everything together. At this stage, if you feel that the ratio of vegetables is greater, add some more flour.
  7. Check for salt and add some if you feel the need.
  8. Form into 3-4″ oval shaped dumplings.
  9. Place the dumplings in a steamer and steam for about 30-45 minutes.
  10. Insert a toothpick or a knife and if it comes out clean, this means that the muthia are cooked.
  11. Take them off the heat and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving. If you try to take them out of the steamer when just cooked, they may break so you have to allow some rest time.
  12. Put the cooked muthia on a plate, slice them, drizzle some oil and enjoy hot with green or red chutney.

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A Very Leafy Egg Curry

A Very Leafy Egg Curry

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Very Leafy Egg Curry

 

 

 

 

 

Wherever possible, I try to “healthyfy” conventional recipes. This could be through ingredients or cooking method.

So, when we were having an eggetarian friend over for dinner, I decided to cook an Indian style egg curry but with the addition of leafy vegetables to boost its nutritional value.

inclusion of spinach, amaranth leaves (lal saag) and fenugreek leaves resulted in this very nourishing egg curry

You can add whichever greens you can find. As for the fenugreek, I used the dried leaves (kasoori methi) but fresh ones would taste just as good.

Delicious with some roti, naan, sliced bread, tortilla, crusty roll or even plain rice.

Ingredients

10 Eggs

500 Grams fresh tomato

1 Cup ready tomato puree (packet/can)

500 Grams Onion

1/2 Cup ginger-garlic paste

1 Large bunch spinach

1 Large bunch amaranth leaves

1 Small bunch fenugreek leaves (or 2-3 Tablespoons dried fenugreek leaves)

1 Tablespoon coriander powder

1 Tablespoon cumin powder

1 Tablespoon chilli powder

1 Tablespoon turmeric powder

1 Tablespoon garam masala

1-2 Talespoons oil

4 Cloves

4-5 Cardamom

10-12 Whole black peppercorns

2-3 Bayleaf

Salt to taste

Method

  1. Wash, roughly chop and puree the tomato in a blender (without water).
  2. Peel, wash and finely chop the onion.
  3. Chop and wash the spinach.
  4. Chop and wash the amaranth leaves.
  5. If using fresh fenugreek, chop and wash.
  6. Hard boil the eggs.
  7. Once the eggs have cooled down, peel them.
  8. With a knife, make a cross at the base of each egg, away from the yolk side.
  9. Heat the oil in a large wok like pan.
  10. Once the oil is hot, add the bayleaf, cloves, cardamom and peppercorn.
  11. Next, add the chopped onion with a pinch of salt.
  12. Mix well, cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
  13. Uncover and add the ginger-garlic paste.
  14. Stir it into the onion and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes.
  15. Add the pureed fresh tomato along with packed/can of tomato puree.
  16. Throw in all the spices: coriander, cumin, chilli, turmeric and garam masala powders.
  17. Mix well and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes.
  18. Add about 2 cups of water and bring to boil.
  19. Add the chopped leafy vegetables (and dried fenugreek, if using).
  20. Add salt to taste. Mix well.
  21. Now, carefully, drop in the peeled eggs. Push them down gently with the back of a spoon so that they are submerged in the sauce.
  22. Lower the heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  23. Once the egg curry is cooked, take the pan off the flame and let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Fat Free Amaranth Leaves & Broccoli Soup

Fat Free Amaranth Leaves & Broccoli Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having been introduced to amaranth leaves fairly recently, till now, I have only used them raw in salad as a substitute to lettuce.

So, when I got a bunch of this reddish/purplish leafy vegetable yesterday, and seeing as how it was my soup day, I decided to pair it with broccoli for another one of my fat free soups.

The amaranth leaves which I got were deep purple but at times, you can also find the green variety.

Fat Free Soup of Broccoli & Amaranth LeavesOnce cooked, amaranth leaves lend a slightly acidic taste to the final dish. This was a pleasant discovery because even before I had started preparing the soup, I was wondering whether to add a couple of dollops of yoghurt at the end. But when I finally tasted the soup, there was no need.

For this recipe, if you can’t find amaranth leaves, you can use swiss chard or spinach. If you do use amaranth leaves, along with the colourful leaves, use only the tender stems as the tough ones are too fibrous.

Surprisingly, this soup turned out to be very filling. I had it on its own but it would be equally delicious with some bread.

Ingredients

200 Grams broccoli

2 Cups amaranth leaves

Vegetable stock cube

Salt to taste

Method

  1. Wash and roughly chop the broccoli. Use the base if it is tender.
  2. Wash the amaranth leaves.
  3. Place the broccoli and amaranth leaves in a pot along with salt, 2 cups of water and the stock cube.
  4. Bring to boil, cover and let the vegetables cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Take them off the heat and strain the vegetables retaining the cooking liquor.
  6. Blend the vegetables and transfer them back into the cooking liquor.
  7. Mix well and cook on low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes till the soup is heated through.
  8. Serve hot.

 

Layered Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Avocado Salad

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Last night, I had one of the best meals I have ever cooked even if I say so myself!

without further ado

Let’s get on with this yummy salad which came about as a result of my very good friend Meher who got me a haas avocado

this one is dead simple and the best part is that you can adapt the basic premise of this salad to suit your taste

Layer One (bottom layer)

Ingredients

  • A handful of amaranth leaves is what I used but you can use any salad leaves you fancy such as iceberg lettuce, kale, spinach, watercress or even a mixture of leaves and fresh herbs.

Preparation

  1. Wash the leaves (and herbs, if using).
  2. Pat dry with kitchen towel or put in a salad spinner. The idea is to get all the moisture out.
  3. Do this a couple of hours beforehand so that the leaves are water free when you transfer them to your dinner plate.

Layer Two (sitting above the leaves)

Ingredients

  • 1-2 sweet potatoes (depending on size and appetite)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Seasoning of your choice (I used garlic pepper seasoning from my pantry)
  • Salt to taste

Preparation

  1. Wash and clean the sweet potatoes.
  2. Slice them in half vertically and either leave them intact or cut them in two depending on their size.
  3. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, seasoning and salt in a non-reactive bowl.
  4. Add the sweet potatoes, mix them well with the marinade, cover and leave till the time you are ready to eat.

Layer three (sits above the sweet potatoes)

Ingredients

  • 250 gms your choice of mushrooms (I used the plain white variety)
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar (any type of wine or sherry vinegar will also work well)

Preparation

  1. Wash or wipe the mushrooms.
  2. If small, you can leave them whole or split them in half or quarter depending on their size.

Layer four (the top of the salad)

Ingredients

  • One ripe avocado
  • A spoonful of prepared mustard 9I used Colemans)
  • 3-4 tablespoons mild yoghurt (Greek yoghurt works well here)
  • one grated cucumber (optional)

Preparation

  1. Whisk the yoghurt.
  2. Add cucumber (if using) and mustard.

Cooking and Assembling

  1. Heat a frying pan. When hot, add the sweet potatoes and all the marinade.
  2. Make sure they sit in a single layer, cut side down.
  3. Cover, turn down the heat to minimum and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes, uncover and flip over the potatoes.
  5. Once again, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, place them on top of the leaves and herbs which form the base on your plate.
  7. Add the vinegar to the pan to deglaze it along with a couple of spoonfuls of water and the mushrooms.
  8. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. While the mushrooms are cooking, peel and chop the avocado and immediately add it to the yoghurt mixture.
  10. Once the mushrooms are cooked, remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on top of the sweet potatoes.
  11. Add any liquid from the pan to the yoghurt avocado mixture, give it a good stir and pour this over the mushrooms.
  12. Voila – your layered salad is ready!

substitute, improvise, replace!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, you can use whatever you fancy. Chicken or boiled eggs instead of avocados. Broccoli instead of mushrooms. Salad leaves of your choice. Use whatever is available, seasonal, cheap and fresh.

Just follow these steps for layering:

leaves followed by carbs followed by vegetables followed by protein

If you try this out, let me know how you get on and which ingredients you substitute!