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May 8, 2012

Pok Choy Thuvayal


I have access to a wide variety of greens here. I use them in many ways: stir fries, salads, etc. Sometimes, I simply use a local green in my regular Indian cooking instead of an Indian green. We have had Kai-lan (Chinese Broccoli) Dal, Kangkong (Water Spinach) Sambar etc. I like the idea of throwing in a green leafy vegetable into just any dish. And all of you know about my obsession with Thuvayals. When I found a couple of bunches of Pok Choy that weren't fresh enough for a stir fry, I made a thuvayal with it. It was very tasty and I know we will have it again soon.

 
1 1/2 cups Pok Choy, washed and roughly chopped
2 tbsp Coconut, scraped
1 tbsp Oil
2 Green Chillies
1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
2 tsp Black Gram Dal
1 tsp Tamarind Paste
Salt to Taste

For the tempering:
1 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Black Gram Dal
a pinch Asafoetida
5-6 Curry Leaves
Heat the oil and fry the green chillies, red chilli flakes, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida and black gram dal for a couple of minutes. Add the pok choy along with the coconut and fry for 2 minutes. Grind the mixture along with the tamarind paste and salt.

Heat the teaspoon of oil for the tempering in a frying ladle. Add the mustard, black gram dal and the asafoetida. When the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves. Add this tempering to the pok choy mixture.
Mix some rice and ghee/ sesame oil. Add a couple of spoonfuls of the thuvayal. Mix well and get ready for a quick trip to heaven. That's how good this was.

3 comments:

Hari Chandana said...

Lovely and interesting recipe.. looks too good :)
Indian Cuisine

Prathibha said...

Nice n unique recipe..perfect for rice

Vidhya said...

absolutely new recipe to me. I always bookmark your thuvayal recipes.. Bookmarking this one too :)