Lehsooni Palak (Spinach Garlic Curry)

Ingredients : For Palak puree:

  • 3 cup water (for boiling)
  • 1 bunch Palak / spinach
  • 3 cup cold water (for rinsing)
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 green chillie

for curry:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 pods cardamom
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin / jeera
  • 1 tsp kauri Methi
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Besan / gram flour
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

for seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp Ghee (clarified Butter)
  • clove garlic (sliced)
  • 1 dried red chillie
  • ½ tsp Kasoori Methi

 Method : In a large Bowl get 3 cup water to  boil. Add 1 bunch Palak into the boiling water. Allow boiling for 2 minutes or until Palak blanches well. Drain off the Palak and drop into ice-cold water. this helps to retain the green colour of Palak. Now transfer the blanched Palak into the blender. Add 1 inch ginger, 1 clove garlic and 3 chillie. Blend to smooth puree without adding water. Keep aside. In a large pan heat 1 tbsp butter and sauté 1 bay leaf, 2 pods cardamom, 1 inch cinnamon, 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp Kasoori Methi until it turns little brown. further, sauté 1 onion until the colour changes slightly. Now add 1 tbsp Besan and sauté until Besan releases its smell .now add ¼ tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp garam masala and ¾ tsp salt. sauté until spices turn aromatic. furthermore, add Palak puree and sauté slightly. Now add ½ cup water and mix well adjusting consistency as required. simmer for 3 minutes or until flavors are absorbed well. now add the lemon juice and mix well.to prepare tempering, heat 2 tbsp ghee and sauté 6 clove garlic until it turns golden brown. also, add 1 dried red chillie and ½ tsp Kasoori Methi. sauté slightly. Lehsooni Palak is ready. Enjoy it with rice or chapati.

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