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Monday, February 13, 2012

Aloo Palak & Matar Korma

This is one of my mom’s spontaneous recipes which turned out quite delicious.  As I said earlier, she is an enthusiastic and spontaneous cook at any time. She just sees what is available at that moment and dishes out some drool worthy food that only an experienced mother can prepare.  Since, my Mom is staying with us to care for our baby, I am enjoying her tasty food every day.  Many a times it will be a surprise for me after returning from work.  From the time I have started this blog, I am taking every opportunity to record such good recipes and photographs so that I can post them on this blog.  I can’t believe the number of dishes that I have captured in a short span of one month.  I am yet to find time to post all of them J    
I am looking forward to capture as many dishes as possible that Mom cooks before she goes back home! Here goes my mom’s first recipe on this blog...

Aloo Palak & Matar Korma/Sabji
Preperation Time:20-30 minutes
Serves 4-5 people

Aloo/Potatoes  - 3-4 medium sized
Matar/Green Peas fresh or frozen – 1 cup
Palak/Spinach – 1 bunch
Chili Powder – 1 tsp.
Dhaniya Powder – 2 tsp.
Garam Masala Powder ½ tsp.
Turmeric powder ¼  tsp.
Cumin Powder – ½ tsp.
Ginger/Garlic paste – 2 tsp.
Onions – 2 chopped
Tomatoes – 2 pureed
Coriander/Cilantro few springs.
Oil 2 tbsp.
Salt to taste

1.   Wash the peas, peel and wash potatoes ( don’t peel if its clean. My mom never peels the potatoes or most of the veggies, because the skin has more nutrition than the insides) and chop them into small cubes and cook them with a little salt until soft and done. Save the stock to add  in step 4 if you need more gravy. 
2.   Chop onions and spinach roughly.
3.   Heat oil in a large kadai and add onions and sauté till translucent. Add palak and sauté till the raw smell goes away. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté. Add turmeric, red chili, dhaniya & cumin/Jeera  powder and fry for few second.
4.   Add precooked peas and potatoes and cook on low heat for 1-2 minutes. Finally add tomato puree and veg. stock, garam masala and salt to taste and cook for 8-10 minutes or till the raw smell of masala and tomato disappears. 
5.   Garnish with Coriander/Cilantro and serve hot with Roti/Rice/Bread.

Points to Ponder:
"A mother understands what a child does not say."      
                                                                               - Jewish proverb


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