Just like the acclaimed cartoon character, Popeye, led us to believe, spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables out there. The leafy vegetable is an excellent source of vitamins K and A. In this edition, we have an expert chef rustle up a quick salad and our winning reader recipe gives spinach a healthy and crunchy spin.
Crispy spinach salad
Recipe by: Amol Patil, executive head chef, 145 (Kala Ghoda)
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Fresh spinach leaves: 300g
Vegetable oil: for frying
Cumin (roasted): 4g
Garlic: 5 to 6 cloves
(For spiced walnuts)
Cumin powder: 2g
Coriander powder: 2g
Chilli powder: 2g
Heat oil in a pan, fry the spinach leaves till they get crispy , drain the oil on a paper. Keep them aside.
Dice the paneer and fry the pieces till they turn golden. Drain and put them in cold water.
For the spiced walnuts, mix all the ingredients together; bake the marinated walnuts in an oven for five to seven minutes at 170 degree Celsius. Set aside to cool.
For the yoghurt dressing, mix yoghurt with roasted crushed cumin, chopped fine garlic, salt and sugar.
To assemble the salad, place half of the spinach leaves in a salad bowl, sprinkle with half of spiced walnuts, and four to five pieces of paneer.
Drizzle yoghurt garlic dressing on top. Repeat the same ingredients again with crispy spinach, spiced walnuts, fried paneer and dressing on top.
Winning reader recipe