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Indian Spinach/Paalak Fry

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Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 bunch spinach, finely chopped
  • mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon bengal gram dal (look for chana dal at an indian store)
  • 1 tablespoon oil or 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 12 cup peas
  • 12 red pepper (capsicum - if you dont have red use green but it changes the taste)
  • 2 dried red chilies (use red chilli flakes if you dont have this)
  • 14 sweet white onion (if you are in india use a whole white or red onion)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 3 -5 curry leaves (optional)
  • italian dressing oil (use ordinary oil if you dont have it)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, crushed with
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, to make a paste
  • salt


  1. Cut very finely/grind the spinach.
  2. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the butter/oil/ghee.
  4. Add mustard seeds, cumin.
  5. When they begin to pop, add the bengal gram and fry till it turns lightly golden.
  6. Add the italian oil and the peppers and the onions.
  7. Fry till done, then add chillies and curry leaves.
  8. When almost done add the peas and garlic ginger paste and then the spinach/spinach paste.
  9. Add salt to taste.

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