Creamy Spinach

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Creamy Spinach

A lusciously rich, softly spiced and mildly sweet dish. It is so creamy that it coats the palette leaving a taste that will linger around


Many of us have this habit. We try to mimic a dish we had in a restaurant or at a party, right?

Creamy Spinach

I love an Indo-Chinese restaurant and often visit it when I am in the neighborhood. I think I have pretty much tried everything on the menu! One item I specifically remember is ‘Creamy Spinach Masala’. I loved it so much that I tried to make it at home. As much as it is fun, it is also challenging to reconstruct a dish just from the taste. I can’t say if I was even close but definitely the creamy spinach I prepared was a tongue-tickler!

Creamy Spinach

A creamy blend of spinach, shallots, tomatoes and heavy cream, makes a rich and flavorful dish. This lusciously creamy dish has the earthy flavor of spinach and delicate sweetness of cream. It is softly spiced, mildly sweet, and so creamy that it coats the palette leaving a taste that will linger for a long time.

Creamy Spinach

Creamy Spinach

Makes - 4 servings

Spinach - 2 bunchesGaram Masala - 2 tsps
Cream - 3 cupsPav Bhaji Masala - 2 tsps
Green Peas - 1/2 cupCloves - 3
Onion - 1 smallCinnamon - 1 inch stick
Tomato - 1 mediumSalt - to taste
Oil - 2 tbsps

Heat oil in a pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, and fry for a minute.

Add chopped onions and cook until soft and translucent.

Add chopped tomato and cook until it becomes soft and mushy.

Now add chopped spinach, green peas and mix.

Close the lid and cook for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure it does not burn.

Spinach gives out water as it cooks. If there is not enough water, you can add some.

Now add salt, masalas, and mix and cook for few more minutes.

Pour in the cream and cook for 5 more minutes till all the flavors blend.

You can add some green coloring to give the dish a nice bright color.

Turn off the heat and serve hot with rice or rotis.

Apple Crisp - Warm Fall Dessert

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Apple Crsip

A simple dessert that combines fresh fruit with a topping. Warm baked apples coated with crunchy brown sugar oat streusel, a dessert that gives the feeling of fall and warmth for the season.


The temperature has dropped down to 50’s, leaves have changed color and its dark by 6pm. Fall is here!

Apple Crsip

So what does this mean?

It’s time for sweaters, soups and warm comfort food. Also, it’s the season for abundance of apples!

Apple Crsip

Apple crisp is a dessert of warm baked apples topped with a tasty crust. It is a simple dessert that combines fresh fruit with a topping. Soft chunks of sweet-tart apple covered in a crisp and crunchy topping made with flour, sugar, butter, oats and nuts.

Apple Crsip

Warm from the oven with a dollop of ice cream, apple crisp is the ultimate comfort food dessert. Soft fruit coated with a crunchy brown sugar oat streusel gives the feeling of fall and the warmth for the season!

Apple Crsip

Apple Crisp

Makes - 6 - 8 Servings

For ToppingFor Filing
Flour – 1 1/3cupApples – 6
Brown Sugar – 1 1/3 cupSugar – 1/2 cup
Oats – 1/2 cupCinnamon Powder – 1 - 2 tsps (optional)
Butter – 8 tbsps or 1 stick
Pecans/Walnuts – 1/4 cup (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a baking dish.

For topping, mix the flour, brown sugar, oats and nuts (optional) in bowl.

Blend the butter into the mixture until it’s crumbly. Set aside.

Peel the apples and cut into 1 inch pieces.

I use two varieties of apple; Granny Smith and Gala. Granny smith is tart and Gala is sweet. I do this to give a combination of sweetness and tartness. You can use any sweet apple variety and if you like, add lemon juice for the tartness.

Add sugar and cinnamon powder (optional) to the apples and toss to coat well.

Place the apples in the greased baking dish and spread the topping evenly over the apples.

Bake for 40 – 50 minutes until apples are bubbly and, topping turn golden brown.

Remove from oven and let it cool a little.

Serve warm with a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream.