Monday, June 5, 2006
GBP - 1 (Keerai Kadainjathu) - Fresh Greens Mashed
Figured it is time I made some contribution to the Green Blog Project after enthusiastically declaring that I wanted to participate but you see my garden was not cooperating, the plants are still growing and no harvest to be made anytime soon. But I had plenty of greens (thandu keerai) ready to be picked and thought they would make a great entry for the GBP. I eagerly look forward to these tasty fresh greens (Amaranthus) every summer. The ones I have here are all green and they grow comfortably among the other plants. Pick out the bad leaves and put them in salted water for about 20 minutes to clean them. I have the recipe for the most simple of keerai preparations, use the leaves and stem they are after all thandu keerai. The tender stems can be used but discard the ones that are too thick, they are stringy.
There is a also a plant quiz in there to spice it up.
1. 2 1/2 cups of roughly chopped greens (thandu keerai)
2. 1/2 onion diced
3. 3 slit green chillies
4. 1/4 tsp cumin powder, freshly ground black pepper
5. seasoning, cumin mustard
6. 1/4 tsp and few drops of ghee
1. In a pressure cooker or pan, heat the oil and ghee and add the seasonings
2. Add the onion and saute till translucent
3. Add the green chillies and the cumin powder and some fresh ground black pepper
4. Add the greens and salt and mix well. (don't add any extra water)
5. Close the lid for one whistle.
6. Mash the greens with a mathu or using the back of a laddle.
Serve with rice.
I like to do this in the cooker because I feel it preserves all the nutrients without getting them evaporated.
Off to India for the summer. Hoping to check in every now and then. Have a great summer y'all.
Can you spot the Vegetable? What Veggie is it?