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NORTH INDIAN-STYLE SPINACH
from "Passionate Vegetarian" by Crescent Dragonwagon

Soulful, elemental, primitive… these are traditional folk greens from North India, where they have been eaten this way since time out of mind. Intensely delicious, they are cooked to melting softness with ginger, garlic, and chile, and traditionally served with makki ki roti, a cornbread reminiscent of a cross between tortillas and chapatti.

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS (CLICK TO BUY)

1 tablespoon clarified butter or mild vegetable oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 to 2 green chiles, such as serranos, diced (seeds and membranes removed for mildness or left in for extra heat)
1 tablespoon peeled, minced ginger
1 tablespoon finely diced garlic
2 pounds fresh spinach, stems included, picked over, very well washed, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons water, preferably spring or filtered
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Rice, chapattis, whole wheat or corn tortillas, or cornbread

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PREPARATION

1.Heat 2 teaspoons of the clarified butter (or oil) in a large nonstick skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onion and cook until the onions are starting to become translucent, about 2 minutes. Lower the heat slightly. Add half of the chiles and half of the ginger and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Set the remaining ginger and chiles aside.
2.Begin heaping in the washed spinach, with the water still clinging to it. Jam in as much as you can, and cover the pan. As the spinach cooks down, add another batch. Keep going until you've added all the spinach.
3.Add the water, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook, very slowly, over extremely low heat, until the spinach is entirely soft and velvety, at least 1 hour.
4.Just before the spinach is ready, heat the remaining clarified butter (or oil) in a small nonstick skillet. Over medium high heat, cook the remaining ginger and chiles together until sizzling hot, about 45 seconds. Stir into the cooked spinach and serve at once. Serve with the rice or bread of your choice.



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Product nutrition and information
 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  White Onion, Large - $1.49/lb
 Farm Fresh, Lg
 

lb
Jalapeño Pepper - $3.49/lb
 Farm Fresh
 
  Ginger Root - $2.99/ea Save! 2 for $5.00
 6oz
 
  Spinach - $2.49/ea Save! 2 for $4.00
 Farm Fresh
 
Optional Ingredients
  Lundberg California Brown Basmati - $5.99/ea
 2lb
 
  La Tortilla Factory Hand Made Style Corn Tortillas - $2.79/ea
 6", 8ct
 
  FreshDirect Cornbread, Frozen - $4.99/ea
 23oz
 
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  Wesson Vegetable Oil - $3.99/ea
 24oz
 
  Garlic - $3.99/lb
 Farm Fresh, Med
 
  Gefen Ground Black Pepper - $2.69/ea
 3oz
 
  Morton's Regular Salt - $0.99/ea
 26oz
 
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