When I was newly married, we used to live in a place called Domlur in Bangalore and from that house Shanthi Sagar was just about 5 minutes walk. So whenever I used to feel lazy to cook or just was not in mood to go into the kitchen, we would head straight to our favorite haunt - Shanthi Sagar. You guys must be wondering as to what all this has got to do with today’s post. I tasted this curry for the first time here. I was very intrigued by the name, “Palak Babycorn Masala” – nothing intriguing in the name, but you know, in those days, I cooked only some regular daily fare, that too with the help of my diary. Then, the name Babycorn itself sounded exotic, different from the regular Paneer Butter Masala, Malai Kofta etc that’s how I gave it a try. Loved the taste and in due course of time recreated it at home. So here is the recipe:
What you’ll need:
1. Spinach or Palak – 2 big bunches
2. Babycorn – 1 packet
3. Onions – 2 big, finely chopped
4. Tomatoes – 3, finely chopped
5. Green Chillies – 3 to 4
6. Jeera – 1 tsp
7. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
8. Garam Masala – ½ tsp
9. Oil – 2 tsps
Clean and chop palak roughly. Cook the chopped palak, cool and grind it. Cut babycorn into round slices.
Heat a Kadai with oil. Add jeera. Once it changes color, add slit green chillies and chopped onions. Saute for a few minutes. Next add the babycorn pieces. Cook covered for a few minutes or till babycorn is done. Now add the coriander powder and garam masala. Saute for a minute. Next add the chopped tomatoes and sauté till they turn mushy. Then, add the ground palak paste and salt to taste. Let it simmer for a few minutes. (Do not cover and cook as Palak will change color).
Delicious Palak Babycorn Masala is ready to be served with some hot rotis.
1. This is a semi dry gravy, if you want it to be a gravy like add about ½ cup of water after adding the palak puree.
2. The spiciness of the dish is from green chillies only, so adjust spice according to your taste. The one I tasted at the restaurant was quite spicy.
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Also linking this to Veggie/Fruit of the month - Spinach hosted by Reshmi started by Priya.