Friday, March 18, 2011

Palak - Raitha.( Curd Curry )

Palak -Raitha is prepared using curd (yogurt). It is one of the easiest and quick dish that any one can prepare. We can have this Palak Raitha with any masala rice, chapatis, rotis even plain rice.

I have used Palak (Spinach), green chilly, curd and mustard seasoning.
Let us see some benefits of having Palak (Spinach) in our diet.
Spinach/palak is full of nutrients. They are very low in calories and fats. The leaves contain good amount of soluble dietary fiber. It helps to control the cholesterol and good for weight reduce.
They have good amount of iron and anti oxidant properties.They contain Vitamins like, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and beta carotene. Vitamin K helps the bones to be strong. Palak leaves contain good amount of minerals like, potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc. Potassium helps to control the heart rate and blood pressure.
Please Note : People who are suffering from kidney stones, urinary track problems and thyroid hormone problems do not use Palak leaves regularly.
Let us see the recipe now : Palak Raitha has No Onions or No Garlic recipe.

Things Needed :

Palak leaves -1 small bundle
Yogurt - 1 cup
Green chillies - 2
Salt : to taste
Ingh ( Asafoetida ) - a pinch
Curry leaves - 4 to 6 leaves.
Oil - 1 tea spoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 tea spoon
Methi/Fenugrik seeds : 4  to 5
Jeera/Cumin Seeds ; 1/2 Teaspoon

Method :

1. Wash and cut palak leaves in to small pieces.
2. Cut green chilly, coriander leaves and curry leaves.

3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil and mustard seeds,methi seeds. Let mustard splutter.
4. Add green chilly and fry for 10 seconds. Add ingh, jeera and curry leaves.
5. Add cut palak leaves and fry till they turn soft and cooked. (Cook on low flame).

6. Add turmeric powder (a pinch) and salt. Mix it well. Let it be on low flame for a minute.
7. Put off the fire and let it cool. Add a cup of curd and mix it nicely. Add coriander leaves and serve.

8. Serve with any main dish you have prepared.

Note :

Adding onions and garlic is optional. Adding thick curd gives a better taste. Adding butter milk is an optional. No need to add any coconut gratings. Adding more/less chilly is optional.
Time : 10 Minutes.
Serves :2

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