Aloo Saag, Chunky Raita & Flakey Parathas

This was originally posted on Noor's blog (Ya Salam cooking) as my first guest post... but I thought I would re-post the recipe here just because I loved the picture :) Seeing it now is making me want to make it again!


Aloo Saag


Ingredients:

1 pound baby potatoes
1 bunch (1 pound) collard greens
salt, to taste
1 cup water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger paste, or fresh ginger, minced
2 green chilies
1 tablespoon cumin powder
2 tablespoons garam masala
1/4 teaspoon turmeric

Method:

Place collard greens, potatoes, water, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until potatoes are soft and collard greens are wilted (you can add a little more water and continue if it dries up too fast.)

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and sizzle the cumin seeds for a few seconds. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until golden. Add the ginger, garlice and green chili peppers and cook until light golden. Add the cumin powder, garam masala and turmeric and fry about one minute. At this point, add a little water, a tablespoon at a time to make a paste... fry until oil separates.

Transfer the onion paste to the greens and potatoes and cook over medium heat until greens cling to potatoes and water evaporates.



Chunky Raita


Ingredients:

1 large seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
2 green onions, sliced
1 tomato, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
small handful chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup whipped yogurt
salt, to taste

Method:

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate to combine flavors.

Flakey Parathas


Ingredients:

2 cups chapatti flour
about 1 teaspoon salt
sufficient warm water to make dough
vegetable oil
extra chapatti flour for dusting
ghee

Method:

Combine flour with salt. Add water slowly until dough pulls together and is not too moist or too dry. Knead until a ball forms. Add about 1 tablespoon oil and knead until the dough becomes elastic and smooth. Rub a bit more oil around,wrap in plastic and let sit 10 minutes.

Heat an iron or non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Separate dough into 6 equal size pieces. Keep covered with plastic so it doesn't dry out. Roll each piece, using flour as necessary, into a circle as think as possible without it tearing. Brush with ghee, sprinkle with a bit of flour and roll up into a rope carefully... Once rolled, form this into a coil. Set aside and continue with the rest of dough.

Take each coil and dip into flour. Roll out carefully into a circle approximately 6 inches in diameter.

Place rolled dough into hot skillet and cook until the first side starts to bubble. Turn and brush the cooked side with ghee. When the other side starts to bubble, turn again and coat this second side with ghee. When the first side is golden, turn and finish the other side, until golden. Use your spatular to press on the bread to make it puff and bubble. Remove to a plate and finish the remaining breads. When ready to serve, scrunch them in your hands a little to release the layers and flakes. Enjoy :)

37 comments:

Srivatsan said...

Yeah u r so making it again..I also know when you are making it..You will making this dish sometime between September 18 thro 20 :-p..Or i am taking the plates and the cups in which u hv decorated ur cute food back with me :-p

chakhlere said...

WOW!! I am drooling over the plate. Bookmarked the recipe for sag!!

Priya said...

Wow Meeso, wat a lovely spread, such a delectable aloo saag..

Pari said...

Hi my first visit here. The saag looks tempting and I love the flaky parathas.

Parita said...

Thats a delicious and satisfying meal :)

Happy cook said...

You want to have dinner again, seeing that pic i want to have the same plate on my table so i can enjoy them too.

Valarmathi said...

Wow Meeso lovey spread...

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Mouth-watering and heart filling meal Meeso.

VS said...

OMG! meeso - thats so yummy. I love aloo saag and I am sure urs would have tasted so gr8.

Cham said...

Ur aloo saag and parathas re very authentic Meeso! Lovely!

Arabic Bites said...

Wow meeso ... all recipes looks so delicious.
I'm so going to give the Flakey Parathas a try ;)

zainab :D

Sireesha said...

WOW..Delectable and luscious platter:)

meeso said...

~ Sri, you will NOT take ANYTHING back! But, I will make you some out of the kindness of my heart :)

meeso said...

~ Thanks... Chakhlere, Priya, Parita, Happy, Valarmathi, Mythreyi, Cham, Zainab, and Sireesha :)

~ Thanks, Pari & VS, for visiting and I hope you stop by again :)

Shabs.. said...

Woow what a spread...i love the look f the aloo saag and the parattas....

I have an award for u at my place, please acceptit dear.

n33ma said...

Those parathas really look so flaky......love the aloo saag.

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Shabs... I'm headed over :)

~ Thanks, n33ma!

Sushma Mallya said...

Thanks for dropping by meeso...u got a lovely blog...will visit often....Looks really yum....

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Sushma!

rekhas kitchen said...

oh wow what a combination, potato and roti is alwaya a hit combination, that too with chunky raita mmmmm enough tummy full........ Ha haa very tempting post Messo.

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Rekha!

Padma said...

Saag and parathas looks yummm... feel like having some... thanks for dropping by at my space and leaving your comments... you have a nice space here... will be back again soon :)

Preeti Kashyap said...

tempting saag..lovely raita...yummy parathas. I should say all of these do make a delectable meal. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Faiza Ali said...

Oh Wow 1 the whole meal looks tempting and yummilicious.

chakhlere said...

You have awards waiting at my blog.
Please accept it from a little fan as token of appreciation.

Sunanda said...

Thanks a lot dear for dropping by... you have a nice place here... and dishes looks absolutely tempting..

Purva Desai said...

thanks for dropping by.....you have a delicious blog too...
Saag aloo is my fav veggie.....raita looks tempting and parathas have turned out to be perfect

Lebouffe said...

Wow.. looks nice.. Thanks for commenting on my blog :) -Naina

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo awesome..

Sunshinemom said...

What a tasty thali, Meeso! I love your aloo saag, and your parathas do look so so flaky:)

Cynthia said...

I love aloo saag and have not made it in ages! Thanks for the inspiration!

Soma said...

Girl that aloo saag looks awesome!! What a mouthwatering platter. My kids love aloo saag too & i haven't made it in a while. that plate is giving me nostalgia of back home.

Angry Asian said...

i love indian food, that's why i adore you blog, you always have such great posts. recently i've discovered that i might be lactose intolerant. (major bummer) so when my boyfriend wanted indian one nite this week, i had to scour this menu for items that did not have any kind of dairy (milk, cream). butter is still touchy for me...

i love this dish because except for garam masala, i have all the spices already. where can i get some garam masala?

meeso said...

~ Angry ... Thanks for the comments :) I'm not sure of your location, here I can get garam masala anywhere, although the better ones come from an Indian grocery. It is also easily made and recipes are everywhere online. Also, there are tons of mail-order online sites. Thanks for stopping by :)

Sanjana said...

Omg... This is like the BEST meal in the world, EVER! *drool*

meeso said...

~ Thanks Sanjana :)

Veena said...

indeed a nice picture. I like our idea of sharing the recipe for a complete meal.
Veena
http://tastefullyveggie.blogspot.com/