Mom used to say that I would not eat anything other than spinach rice when I was young. I love them very much. At that time I didn’t know that Spinach is rich in 9 vitamins such as C, A, K, E, B1, B2, B6, folic acid and even vitamin PP (new name for Niacin). Spinach is rich in potassium, magnesium and beta carotene. Potassium helps in building muscles and beta carotene helps in eye sight. Because of high magnesium content, Spinach helps to prevent diabetes and if you have diabetes in your family it might help you to prevent diabetes (genetic based) as an older adult. It is good as body cleanser too and you can read more from here. This may be reason Popeye (cartoon character) recommended that spinach is good for you.
In the US, it is difficult to find the variety I used to be familiar with, but over a period of time I have fallen in love with the one available. I wanted to make Japanese style spinach with toasted sesame seed. Yesterday while talking with my father over the phone, he suggested giving some spinach to my little one. I did not want to give her any soy sauce, so I changed my mind and made an Indian version of spinach sesame seed stir fry. I followed my mother’s recipe with the only change being the toasted sesame seed.
Spinach: 1 bunch (Washed and chopped)
White hulled sesame seed: ½ teaspoon (Lightly toasted)
Salt: ½ teaspoon
Turmeric powder: 1/8 teaspoon
Cumin powder: ¼ teaspoon
Chili powder: ¼ teaspoon
Garlic: 2 clove (Chopped)
Mustard seeds: ¼ teaspoon
Onion: ¼ of Big Onion
Olive oil: 1 teaspoon
How I made
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet and add mustard seeds, and as it starts crackling add onions and fry them for 6 minutes on a medium flame.
Add chopped garlic to onion and fry for another 3 minutes. Then add salt, turmeric, cumin and chili powder and fry them for another 3 minutes. To this add chopped spinach and cook them for another 4 minutes or until they are completely cooked.
In another pan lightly toast the sesame seed and keep aside.
Add toasted sesame seeds to cooked spinach mixture.
Enjoy with rice and curry, or use as a layer between two toasted bread as sandwich.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Serving: 2 if conservative 3
Will you make it again: Yes I will
I am sending this spinach sesame seed sir fry to
Cooking with seed : Sesame Seed event hosted by Priya.
Green Gourmet event hosted by Preeti of Write food.
Cooking with seeds: cumin seeds hosted by Saraswathy of Sara's Corner originally started by Priya of Priya's Easy and Tasty Recipes.
Also to Celebrating mom event hosted by shabitha of My home kitchen.