Spinach raita or palak raita.
A very easy yet delicious side dish. Goes well with stuffed paratha, biryani or pulao.
This raita is made of curd, spinach and some spices.
You can get one more raita recipe here.
Curd is an excellent source of protein and has very high levels of calcium so it prevent osteoporosis and also helps to strengthen the bones and teeth.
Curd is very good for digestive system too.
I remember that I encouraged my son to eat spinach by giving the example of Popeye 😂
No mere vegetable ever gained the fame that spinach did in the 1960s through the cartoon character Popeye. Often in vain, parents encouraged their children to eat their spinach so they would grow up to be big and strong.
There’s actually some truth to that…
Health Benefits of Spinach
Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body!
Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.
Got the recipe idea from my daughter Suchismita who blog at https://theretrospectiveprocrastinator.wordpress.com.
Its her favourite raita.
Our this week’s #Foodiemondaybloghop theme is #leafygreen.
My contribution is this easy yet delicious spinach raita.
Yes no fuss simple and super easy but yummy dish.
Spinach or palak – 1&1/2 cup, roughly chopped
Curd – 1 cup
Rock salt to taste
Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste
Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Sugar to taste
Oil – 1 teaspoon
Rai or mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
Dry red chilli – 1
Wash the spinach well. Chop roughly. Boil or microwave on high power for 4 minutes with 2 tablespoon water.
Immediately rinse the spinach with cold water to retain the colour.
Crush the spinach with your hand or a spoon.
Whisk the curd with rock salt, black pepper powder, sugar and roasted cumin powder. If you don’t have rock salt you can use any salt.
Add boiled and crushed spinach in it. Mix well.
Heat oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seeds. When it splutter add cumin seeds and dry red chilli. Let the cumin seeds splutter. Remove from heat.
Pour it over the raita.
Garnish with cilantro.
Serve immediately or keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled.
Serve with stuffed paratha, puri, biryani or pulao.
Enjoy chilled, delicious and healthy spinach raita.
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