Friday, April 20, 2012

Lal Maathachi Bhaji


Laal Maath or red amaranth is one of my favorite leafy greens. Sometimes, it's available in the farmers markets here. When I go to Mumbai, mom always makes it for me. Mom always adds potato to this bhaaji and as a child, I used to get excited to see those potatoes turning pinkish red after getting cooked with maath.
 
 
 
Laal MaaThachi Bhaaji
लाल माठाची भाजी
Red Amaranth Stir Fry
Ingredients
1 bunch of red amaranth/laal maath, cleaned, chopped
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
salt to taste
A pinch of sugar
Tempering
2 tsp oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2-3 green chilies, slit
Garnish
1 tbsp freshly scraped coconut
Method
1. Heat oil in a kadhai or wok. Add the tempering ingredients. Saute till the onion is soft.
2. Add potatoes. Sprinkle some water. Saute for 5 minutes.
3. Add shredded greens. Cover and keep water on the lid. Let it cook on a low flame.
4. Once cooked, add salt, sugar and coconut
Note
1. Swiss chard can be substituted for red amaranth
2. If fresh, you can use the stems of this leafy greens. Chop it before adding with the greens.
3. Always add the salt after the greens are cooked.

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