Pudina Chutney / Mint Dip

Mint is one of those herbs which is very easily available in India and so very popular and chutney is my favorite preparation to make.  We all make all kinds of chutneys , rice , paratha and drinks. This is one of my favorite. I just love to serve it with warm rice and ghee . Goes well with crackers and chips too. Mix a tbsp of chutney with 1/4 cup yogurt and you have a wonderful dip.

 Mint Leaves - 1 cup
 Urad Dal - 1 tsp
 Hot Green Chili - 2 , slit into half
 Coconut - 1 tsp
 Salt - 1/4 tsp
 Tamarind Pulp - 1/8 tsp or a 1/4 inch piece
 Oil  - 1/2 tsp

  1.  Heat oil in a pan and urad dal and let it turn golden.
  2. Add coconut , green chilli and tamarind and cook for a minute.
  3. Add the mint leaves and switch of the flame and let the leaves wilt a little.
  4. When cooled add salt and grind without water if possible and serve 

Simple Palak Curry / Sauteed Spinach in mild spicy gravy

I love palak and often cook with it . This preparation is very simple and requires very few ingredients.

Palak/Spinach  - 4 cup ,chopped very fine
Onion - 1/2 cup ,chopped fine
Tomato - 3/4 cup , chopped fine
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Pw - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Paneer - 2 tbsp  gratted

  1. Heat oil and add ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute.
  2. Add onion and cook till translucent.
  3. Add chilli pw and turmeric pw and cook for another minute.
  4. Add tomato and cook till oil starts to separate.
  5. Add palak and cook till tender .
  6. Add garam masala and butter and remove from heat.
  7. Garnish with gratted paneer.