Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Spinach with shallots and garlic

Healthy food is not always boring. Try this simple spinach stir fry that is delicious and full of flavor. Spinach cooked with shallots and garlic with a hint of cumin seeds and grated nutmeg.

Ingredients Pic



  • 1 Cup packed spinach chopped finely ( thaw if frozen )
  • 6 Shallots chopped finely
  • 1 Teaspoon vegetable Oil / olive oil / sesame seed oil ( I love sesame seed oil with spinach, however you can use vegetable oil or canola oil)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 4 or 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 or 2 dry Red Chillies / half teaspoons of red chilli flakes
  • a big pinch of Turmeric Powder ( optional)
  • a big pinch of grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder
  • Salt as required
  • 1/4 Cup water ( You can add 1/4 cup of low sodium chicken stock instead of water for a enhanced flavor)


1. In a pan heat 1 Teaspoon oil. When the oil is hot add cumin seeds
2. When they splutter, add garlic cloves and fry until they are light golden. Do not burn garlic
3. Add broken red chilli / red chilli flakes and fry for few seconds
4. Add shallots and fry until shallots are soft and nice pink
5. Add turmeric powder and season with salt. Add nutmeg and give it a stir
6. Now add chopped spinach and fry for 2 minutes until spinach turns soft
7. Add 1/4 cup water and let the spinach cook for 5 minutes
8. Cook until the water evaporates and spinach is cooked through. Do not over cook spinach
9. Switch off the flame

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