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As you can see my blog is about food and recipes. I love eating and trying out new recipes all the time.

Very often we mum's think of healthy and interesting food options that we can make for our kids especially when they are back from school knowing that their lunch boxes never come back home empty. Hence I always feel its important to give them a healthy and wholesome snack once they are home. When my kid comes home from school I always try and give him some source of carbohydrate combined with proteins along with this, a fruit and milk, or puddings made from milk. Kids normally can't eat too much at one time, so the portions can be small but giving them a little from each of these food group ensures a balanced meal.

I have some interesting ideas that I'd like to share with you all. You might find some of my recipes very basic but I am hoping that my blog is helpful not only for Indians but for people all around the world! Indian food is quite popular and enjoyed by most, so hopefully you can attempt recipes from here and make it yourself now, in your kitchen. Please do go through my recipes and give it a shot at trying them. Let me know how things turned out and if you enjoyed your experience of cooking.... Feel free to get in touch, share your experience, leave a comment or ask any questions you may have. Thank you for stopping by and taking a look! I do hope its helpful.

Happy cooking!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Sauteed Spinach

This is a Sindhi spinach traditionally cooked in an iron plated vessel to let some iron dissolve into the spinach (while it gets cooked) therefore improving its nutritional value. The color of the spinach also turns darker since some amount of iron goes into it during the cooking process.
However, if you do not have an iron plated vessel make it in your regular container just like I have (since I did not have an iron plated vessel either). I can assure you the spinach will turn out great either ways (with/without the iron vessel). This is also called "Tavi kaa Saag" since its made in a Tavi.

2 Tomatoes (finely chopped)
1 Bunch of spinach (washed and finely chooped)
3-4 big cloves of garlic (chopped finely)
1 green chilly
1 mediun sized onion (chopped finely into squares)

Heat 1/2-1 tbspn of oil on medium flame. When it turns hot add garlic. Do not make the garlic brown.

Add the finely chopped onions along with the chilly.

Stir and saute the onions on medium to low flame till it becomes transparent. Do not make it brown.

Add finely chopped spinach.

Stir well on a medium to low flame till all the spinach comes down and shrinks in volume (this takes about 1-2 minutes).

Add finely chopped tomatoes now.

Add salt as per your taste.

Add 1/4 tspn of turmeric.

Stir well on a medium to high flame.

Lower the flame and cover it with lid for about 5-7 minutes opening the lid once or twice to make sure the spinach is not getting burnt or sticking to the bottom of the vessel.

Crush/smash the spinach using the back of the spoon as shown:

You can even use this to smash all the ingredients:

Keep crushing for about 10 minutes on very low flame so the tomatoes, onions and garlic should disintegrate or be smashed completely. The spinach should become creamy/smooth in texture.

Add some butter or ghee into the spinach before serving and serve it hot with roti or paratha. This tastes absolutely delicious. Try this recipe out. I'm sure you all will love it.
(For a slight variation you can also add some paneer cubes into it in the end).

Cooked spinach is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.


  1. I love Saag and will try this awesome recipe and let you know how it turned out.

    btw, is there a way that one can find easily whether a food is meant for breakfast, lunch, dinner or evening snack? A tag that would help categorize based on the this, or perhaps another category that allows to quickly find kid friendly dishes would be nice.
    Great work, Mini.


    1. Thank you Sanji for giving it a try.....I do hope it comes out good...sure I'll try and see how I can incorporate classifying the food in their respective category.....