lehsuni Palak


2 Large bunches of Palak/ Spinach
2 table spoon Ghee / Clarified Butter
3 table spoon, Lehsun/Garlic, finely chopped
1 Medium sized onion, finely chopped
1 table spoon Besan/Gram Flour
1 tea spoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
1 1/2 tea spoon Coriander seeds, crushed
1/4 tea spoon Turmeric Powder
1/2 tea spoon Garam Masala
2 Green chilies, cut into halves and slit lengthwise
1 cup Water
Salt as per taste

For Tempering:
1 table spoon Ghee / Clarified butter
10-12 cloves of Garlic, sliced
1/2 teaspoon, Jeerra/Cumin Seeds
3-4 dried red chilies
1 tea spoon Sesame Seeds
1. Heat water in a vessel, add palak.IMG_1870
2. Get it cooked for 2-3 minutes.
3. Carefully strain water and immediately put it in a vessel having chilled water.IMG_1879
4. let be dipped in ice cooled water for a couple of minutes.
5. Take it out and squeeze out most of the water.
6. Divide it into two parts.IMG_1885
7. Grind the first part with a little water to a smooth paste and roughly chop the remaining.
–Note: My grinder went bad and due to lockdown I was not able to get it repaired, so I have finely chopped it. Below steps includes the method which involves making puree of half of the blanched palak and finley chopping the remaining half.
8. Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan pan and crackle cumin seeds.IMG_1888
9. Add finely chopped onion and coriander seeds, saute till onions become translucent.IMG_1889
10. Add garlic and cook until the garlic and the onion are lightly golden in color.IMG_1894
11. Add green chilies, gram flour and cook till you smell a nice aromatic smell of gram flour.IMG_1896IMG_1898
12. Add turmeric powder and saute for another 10-15 seconds.
13. Add finely chopped palak and cook on a high flame for 30-40 seconds.IMG_1904
14. Add the blanched spinach puree, water, salt and mix well.IMG_1907
15. Cook on a high flame for 60-90 seconds adding garam masala powder.IMG_1910
16. For tempering, heat ghee and add cumin seeds, red chillies, garlic and let it cook until garlic turns lightly golden brown in color. IMG_1911
17. Add sesame seeds and pour over the cooked Lehsui Palak gravy and mix well.
18. Lasooni Palak is ready, serve with hot phulkas, parathas or chapati.FreshDSC07606

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