Saturday, 23 July 2011

Spinach Chutney

Today a second group is starting Srivalli's Blogging Marathon.The theme I have chosen for this week is Cooking from cookbook.With loads of cookbooks in my library,I thought it will be a nice theme to do as it gives me chance to actually try out recipes from these books instead of just drooling over the pictures.

The book that I first chose for this theme is Sukham Ayu, a book with a treasure trove of information on Ayurveda and lots of nutritious recipes.

As promised in yesterdays review of the book, here is the spinach chutney I tried from this book.Usually I tend to alter the ingredients to suit my taste but when I cooked from Sukham Ayu, I did not make any changes. Followed the recipe as given and was rewarded with an excellent side dish.

I have used spinach in many forms and I found this recipe interesting.As the name suggests the recipe calls for spinach and Brahmi or coriander leaves. I could not find Brahmi leaves, so I used coriander leaves.The addition of yogurt to the chutney is very new to me and it really blended with the chutney.According to Ayurveda , Ghee when used in moderation is good for health and the seasoning here is with ghee which added an extra flavor to the chutney.

I used:

Spinach - 1 bunch
Coriander leaves - 1/2 a bunch
Black peppercorns - 6 numbers
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Green chilli - 1
Grated Coconut - 1 tablespoon
Yogurt - 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Ghee -1/2 a teaspoon

For seasoning

Ghee- 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds- 1/2 a teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1/2 a teaspoon
Asafoetida powder - a pinch
Curry leaves a few

  1. Wash the spinach and coriander leaves and drain in a colander.
  2. Heat ghee in a wok and peppercorns and cumin.
  3. When they splutter, add spinach, coriander leaves and green chillies. Saute for a 2-3 minutes.Keep aside for a few minutes to cool down.
  4. Grind it to a fine paste with coconut and salt. [There is no need to add water]
  5. Remove to a serving dish and mix in the yogurt.
  6. Heat a small pan with ghee and add the ingredients for seasoning.
  7. When they splutter, pour over the chutney.
  8. Mix well and serve as a side dish.

I paired this chutney with Oats Rava idli and they really complemented each other......

 Note :

This chutney is a little watery and can be used as a dip too.

Sending this to Sravani @ Srav's Culinary Concepts who is hosting her first event titled - Cooking concepts : Roti Pachadi / Chutney

Check out blogging marathon page to see what my fellow marathoners are cooking this week.

This Day That Year...

2010 - Soya Capsicum Pulao

2008 - Vazhapoo Vadai - Banana blossom - lentil fritters.

Bon Appetit...


  1. healthy chutney...can even be spread on bread...

  2. Hey this is great! Love it. Will make some soon.

  3. We call this keerai masiyal and have it with hot rice and ghee.

  4. Healthy chutney. Interesting way to cook spinach.

  5. Nice chutney. .very different.
    hey I like your THIS DAY THAT YEAR concept.

  6. looks good..apart from the addition of yogurt I make the chutney on similar lines!!

  7. New to me !! very healthy and delicious !!

    You can send this recipe to my ongoing event

    Ongoing Event - CC-Roti Pachadi/Chutney

  8. Wow! this looks absolutely delicious... ....

  9. Hey PJ
    how are you? Its long time we chatted :-(

    very different chutney.

  10. Very interesting. I haven't tried spinach chutney so far.

  11. yummy looking chutney colourful and healthy

  12. wow what a interesting chutney dear... want to taste now itself....

    Dish Name Starts with I

  13. Superb spinach chutney!! love the addition of yogurt..

  14. addition of curd definitely new to me .... will try out... btw, made your recipe of Oats Kharabhath lately and blogged it too - came out superb :)

    New Event: Indian Mithai Mela ending 8th Aug
    Ongoing Event : Dish it out- Mushroom and Onions – all this July

  15. Excellent colour and good option too for me, i am on the lookout of chutneys that stay good..:)

  16. Chutney looks awesome.I have heard raves about this book Sukham Ayu. :)

  17. Love Sukham Ayu, great book.
    Spinach chutney looks amazing. Bright and delicious.

  18. Very new recipe. Looks so inviting..

  19. Dear PJ,
    Lovely spinach chutney..New way for me..will def try this out
    Nice recipe and click
    Happy Blogging

  20. Chutney, and an innovative. never even heard of before! I loved the color. but i am a total sucker when it comes to cooking with Palak and always a disaster.But I love Palak.
    Dreambox 500s


Hi Folks,Thanks for taking your time to visit my blog.I would love to hear from you.If you have any questions/comments please leave a message/mail and I will surely get back to you...