Spinach Milagu (pepper ) Poricha Kuzhambu
Spinach Milagu Poricha Kuzhambu with Vatral Kuzhambu Podi
All of us make poricha kuzhambu with various veggies, my mil also makes poricha kuzhambu with spinach ( Palak). She uses Vatral Kuzhambu Podi. Raw Banana fry is a good combination with this Kuzhambu. Goes well with hot, hot phulkas, puri, plain rice and curd rice. Refreshing. Do give a try.
Broken moong dhal ( Paasi paruppu ) – 1 cup ( washed, soaked in water for 1/2 an hour and drained )
Cleaned, washed and chopped spinach – 5 cups
Water – 3 cups
Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Grated jaggery – 1 teaspoon
To mix in 1/4 cup of water
Vatral kuzhambu podi – 1 tablespoon
Rice flour – 2 teaspoons
Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Ghee – 2 tablespoons
Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
Urad dhal – 2 teaspoons
Jeera – 1 teaspoon
Coarsely crushed black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Finely chopped curry leaves – little
Heat a pan. Add 3 cups of water. When the water boils, add the drained dhal. Cook on sim flame. When the dhal is almost cooked, add the spinach. Cook on sim flame for 5 minutes. Add the salt to taste, jaggery and the spice powder that is mixed in water. Simmer for 5 minutes. By now the poricha kuzhambu would have thickened. The consistency of the kuzhambu has to be like dosa batter. Switch off the stove. Season. Mix and serve hot.
1) Instead of broken yellow moong dhal, you can use Toovar Dhal ( 1 and cup )
2) The Poricha Kuzhambu tastes good if it is nice and thick.