divine indian spinach

"this recipe was divinely inspired. i threw it together while cooking an impromptu dinner at my house along with two friends. i have been trying to create a delicious spinach or greens dish for a while now, and finally, success!"
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  • wash, chop, and steam spinach.
  • wash and chop cilantro, discarding lower stems.
  • heat ghee in saucepan on medium-high setting.
  • once ghee is hot, add mustard seed.
  • once mustard seeds pop, add chopped onion and sautee till translucent.
  • reduce heat to medium-low; add to pan the steamed spinach, cumin, coriander, salt, and cayenne.
  • remove pan from heat and add chopped cilantro, stir.
  • serve with your favorite indian main dish.

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  1. Loved the Spinach! Thought this was a great recipe that goes well with just about anything.
  2. Loved this! Simple, easy and a great side dish for Chicken Masala!
  3. Very delicious. The bunch of fresh spinach I bought weighed in at half a pound so I added some kale, boiled until tender. To make it vegan I used a high quality coconut oil. We were out of mustard seeds, so I used some stone ground prepared mustard. There was a thin liquid at the bottom of the dish from the steamed spinach, so I thickened it by adding some cornstarch. Turned out great!
  4. Words can't even describe just how fantastic this dish is. I was somewhat apprehensive because generally I only like uncooked spinach but this sure changed my mind! My boyfriend claims that this is his favourite vegetable side dish ever. I followed the recipe exactly and can't even think of a single thing to change or add - a rarity for me! I served this with basmati rice and recipe #67880 and it complimented it wonderfully. Thanks for posting what is sure to become a regular side dish in our house! EDITED TO ADD: I have made this several times and have to say it is much better if you don't steam the spinach ahead of time. I take fresh spinach and put it in the pot after the onions are done and leave it on low heat until the spinach wilts. This way it still has some crunch.
  5. We were hooked on the FIRST bite! Will be making this often, it's delicious, quick to make, and canned spinach works well. The only word of caution is to pay close attention to those popping mustard seeds, they DO pop everywhere once they start popping.


I am updating my profile for the first time in years, so now that I'm married, I can no longer be Bonnie M! One of my main interests Ayurveda, which is the name for ancient Indian medical science. For me, a significant part of taking care of the whole person is eating the right foods -- foods that we love *and* that treat our bodies well. Now I have a three year old in tow, so even more reason to prepare healthy, delicious, and simple foods!
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