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Monday, May 4, 2009

Palong Shaak Sheddho

Steamed Palak with Peas, garlic and garnished with fried onions
A healthy, tasty and most importantly easy and fast-to-cook dish.

In traditional Bengali cuisine, we begin the lunch meal on a bitter note followed by any leafy greens....or shaak in Bengali. Spinach (Palong shaak), radish greens (Mulor Shaak), Fenugreek leaves (Methi shaak)...the list is endless.

So to say that Bongs are carnivorous and love their meat (especially fish) only, is absolutely wrong! Bengalis are omnivorous...'Shorbobhook'!...We love our veggies as much as we love our fish and meat! And we prefer the veggies in less spice so that they retain their natural flavour!

As serving authentic 6-7 course traditional meals is way out of my limited capability on a routine basis, it is either a bitter start OR a leafy one that is our first course on a Sunday / holiday lunch meal..

So yesterday it was Paalong Shaak sheddho (steamed Palak/Spinach) with Peas, Garlic slices and garnished with fried onions, as the first course in lunch

The recipe....

Ingredients :
*Spinach/Palak - 10 small bunches
*Garlic - 2 pods, sliced finely
*Peas - a handful
*Onion - half - chopped
*Green chilli - 2
*Salt-to taste
*Sugar-a pinch
*Mustard Oil - 1 tsp

Procedure :
1. Wash the Palak and chop the leaves into small pieces.

2. In a wok, take the finely chopped Palak, add the peas, green chillies, sliced garlic, salt & sugar.
No Oil or water is to be added.

3.Lower the flame and cover the wok. The Palak will cook in its own water. Once the palak has softened, increase the heat to dry the water given out by the Palak.

4. After the water has dried, take it off the flame.

5. Fry some chopped onions in a little oil till it is brown in colour. A pinch of salt & sugar may be added.

6.Garnish the steamed palak with the fried onions.

It tastes great with steamed rice.

This recipe is off to '15 minutes Cooking' hosted by Mahimaa of Indian Vegetarian Kitchen






And also sending this recipe to SWC-Cooking with Greens, an event hosted by Sowmya of Creative Saga. The logo of the event is....

12 comments:

coffeeismypoison said...

I love this dish...its so delicious...in u.P we eat it with plain rotis or steamed rice and arhar/yellow daal...
u made my mouth water..
tell me, what u mean when u say...something bitter...? for eg? and why?

HR said...

Ei khabar ta ei prothom shunlam.. UP te khay bolche to... amader barite eta ranna hoy ki?..

SGD said...

@Coffee..-Glad you liked it!
Oh by bitter, I mean we begin our meals on a bitter note...a preparation of karela in different forms, or neem-brinjal, or 'Shukto' a preparation of mixed vegetables with Karela.
Bitter supposedly cleanses the system and rejuvenates one's taste buds....
I'll post a recipe of Shukto soon..
And you can read my post : http://cookadoodledo.blogspot.com/2009/03/bengali-cuisinea-closer-look.html

SGD said...

@HR-O ma Palong shaak sheddho khaanni??
Amader baarite (also Baaper Baariteo) eta khub hoy....

HR said...

Sheto amra shawb shabji i sheddo kore khai... palak amra kumro,alu,begun, bori ..panch foron er base e ranna kore bodhoy.. tobe ami oto jani na... palong sheddo definitely khete khub bhaloi hobe.. ami shunini bole ki jinishtai nei naki?.. amar ki gyan ache rannar byapare?..

Sharmila said...

Sheddho ami bhalobashi ... kintu palong sheddho kokhono khaini. Eto delicious mone hocche je try korte hobe dekhchi. :-)

SGD said...

@Sharmila -Glad that you liked it...
Eta eto easy ar tasty, je ami prayei kori...fresh palong pele..

SGD said...

@HR - -Bah!!! Daroon gyan aachhe to rannar!
Apni jeta bollen sheta to palong shaak (or for that matter, any shaak) bhaaja...

HR said...

O ... accha .. na ... kintu shudhu to bhaja noy... ami je recipe ta dilam sheta te to jawl o thake... mane mnakhha mnakha.... ar apnar recipe ta kintu onek er chokh khule diyecche.... arekjon o kintu comments korecchen je uni palong sheddo khan ni... kintu definitely delicious ... uni try korben bolecchen.. amra o try korbo... mishchoy tasty hoben... ashole peyaj bhajha ta taste add korbe....

SGD said...

@HR-Shaak bhaaja e ektu jol thaaktei paare....if it's cooked for some more time on high flame, jol ta shukiye jaabe...
Absolutely right....the peyaj bhaaja adds value!!

mahimaa said...

new recipe and very different. thanks!

Indrani said...

yes, you are right, bengalees are omnivores..I think, we eat more veges than fish or meat and in very simple way, without much spices..palak sheddo konodin khaini...sounds healthy & delicious..worth to try out..thanks