Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Swiss Chard Stir Fry

The Sunday edition of 'The Washington Post' - my hometown newspaper had two articles about India in two different sections of the paper, one in the business section and another in the sports section. News about India in the business section of the paper is not new but news in the sports section is definitely new. Americans don't much care for cricket other than to ask if it is like baseball.

Euphoria in the sports pages after India's spectacular win in the World Cup and frustration in the business section with the seemingly unending and far reaching corruption and voices of who's who in business caught on tape making shady deals. This is what India is all about isn't?

Gujarat and TamilNadu two states are supposed to be the best run in the country. Former run by the incorruptible Narendra Modi and the other by the most corrupt man and family in the history of the country perhaps.

Corruption, Money Laundering and Crime in business and politics is not something new but juxtaposed with an amazing achievement does not make you feel any better only worse.

That is India in a nutshell. Make you feel happy one moment and down in the dumps the other.

Alright now on to my favorite green the humble but very tasty Swiss Chard. Available in a multitude of colors and hues it lends itself to various dishes. Swiss Chard sambhar is by far my favorite way to cook it. A stir fry with just the minimum ingredients is another tasty way to enjoy these greens. Even the kids absolutely loved it.

Swiss Chard stir fry
1. 1 bunch of Swiss Chard washed and chopped including the stems - 3 cups
2. 1/2 cup onions
3. 4 red chilies split
4. seasonings: 1/3 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp urad dal, a few cumin seeds and curry leaves
5. 1 tsp oil
6. salt to taste
7. 1 tbsp coconut grated

1. In a pan heat oil, add the urad dal first, when it starts to brown add the mustard seeds and cumin and when the mustard seeds start to pop add the curry leaves followed by the red chilies
2. Add the onions and saute till they are slightly brown
3. Add the greens and let them cook till they are soft. Do not cover but cook in low medium heat
4. Add salt, sprinkle the coconut


  1. The TN folks don't have much choice considering who is up for election.. I can't say i favour either of them.. it's more a choice of the lesser of 2 evils I guess... :(

    I always make a poriyal/stir fry with swiss chard.. need to try your sambar recipe using it.

  2. Nice stir-fry! It looks yummy n nice with rice.

  3. Healthy one. Nice recipe... YUM!

  4. I hate both the parties and its leaders. Now the lady seems to be better the the old man. It`s a choice the people have to make between the two evils and that is the fate. One evil is going to take power and that is for sure.

    If leaders can be thrown out in a suppressed country, I wonder why the people cannot instill some fear among their leaders in a democratic country?

    It was a good win for India though in the world cup.

    Stir fry looks good, I am yet to try Swiss Chard.

  5. WOnderful stir fry with swiss chard..

  6. Ah! surprise.. we had swiss chard stir fry as well.

  7. Hey, some dal and rice and that would go down real good dee dee :)


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