Palak Chutney


palak chutney


Palak chutney or spinach chutney gets top marks on the taste and the health scale. Bouquet of praises to palak, as it is a powerhouse of medicinal properties. If you have not tried palak chutney, you may want to do so for the above two traits.

If you want to make a side dish fast, again this chutney is a good choice and should be another reason to know how to make palak chutney.

Food Fact
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Spinach / palak is rich in water, potassium, sodium and calcium. It also has vitamin C.1

Chapati, paratha, roti or other items in this class and palak chutney make a good combination.


Say you have sambar from the previous day, its quantity is less or you do not have the interest to prepare fresh sambar, you may want to make palak chutney or spinach chutney, as it has a good fit with rice too.

The palak chutney recipe does not need any special items to make, one more reason that should kindle your interest further to learn how to make palak chutney.

Use tomato to enhance the taste of this side dish and tamarind or its concentrate or juice to make the dish slightly sour.

Garlic cloves in the palak chutney recipe makes this chutney more nutritious.

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Do you know that garlic can work as a natural antibiotic?

What are the health benefits of garlic?, in the blog, gives more info on this herb's medicinal values.

Season the chutney, particularly if you wish to use it with rice, to like this side dish more.







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Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

1. Palak / spinach 1 small bunch
2. Fresh coconut pieces 1/4 cup
3. Roasted gram 1 tablespoon
4. Urad dal 2 teaspoons
5. Tomato 1

health benefits of tomatoes
Tomatoes are good for the health.

What is the name of the chemical in a tomato that makes it valuable for the health?

Read Health Benefits of Tomatoes, in the blog, for the answer.
6. Coriander leaves, few sprigs
7. Red chilies 2-3 or to taste
8. Tamarind concentrate / juice / tamarind to taste
9. Garlic cloves 2-3
10. Oil 1/2 teaspoon
11. Salt to taste

How to make Palak Chutney?


1. Pick palak and coriander leaves with tender stems.

Soak palak and coriander leaves in salt water for 10-15 minutes.

Drain the water and wash palak and coriander leaves 2-3 times.

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2. Cut palak and coriander leaves into pieces.

Wash and cut the tomato into pieces.

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3. Heat oil in a kadai.

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4. Add chilies and urad dal.

Fry till the dal becomes light golden brown.

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Remove the urad dal and chilies from the kadai.
5. Add palak and coriander leaves and garlic.

Fry for a minute.

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6. Add tomato pieces and a pinch of salt.

Fry till the tomato becomes soft.

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Keep aside to cool.
7. Add the ingredients to a mixer jar.

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Grind to a paste.

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8. Palak chutney / spinach chutney is ready.

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TIPS Palak Chutney
1. If you do not have tomato, or do not want to use it, add more tamarind.
2. Use the chutney with rice dishes like ghee rice. Here is the recipe for ghee rice.