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Minced Spinach and Cilantro Masala
from Asha Kumar - Detroit, Michigan, USA

Cilantro plays a very important part in adding to the taste of this wonderful curry.
Usually, cilantro is added as a final garnish (as in almost all the dishes which I have described), but in this curry, it's the ingredient used to give an unique nutty taste to it.
This dish is a personal favorite of mine, since my mother makes it best back home.
This is called 'Tambuli' in Karnataka, my home-state in India.

  • 2 cups of fresh, washed spinach
  • ½ cup washed cilantro leaves
  • 1 small green chilli - diced
  • small piece of ginger - diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tblsp coconut powder
  • ½ tblsp olive oil
  • 5 - 6 mint leaves - for that final touch!
Keep a medium-sized frying pan on heat, add olive oil.
When the oil becomes hot, add cumin seeds and fry for 1 minute.
Then add chillies and ginger and fry until the ginger becomes light-brown.
Now, add the cut spinach leaves, mix well and cook until they become soft and lose their moisture.
Remove from heat and keep aside for about 10 minutes , allowing it to cool.

In a blender, put the cooled spinach, cilantro and all the other ingredients.
Blend very well so that the spinach leaves mix with all the spices to form a smooth paste.
Add a little water if required.
Garnish with mint leaves and transfer to a serving dish.

Optional serving: This dish has a lovely green hue when cooked well.
It can also be served as an appetizer at the beginning of the meal.
Just add ½ cup of water , mix well and serve in soup bowls ; and wait for rave reviews !!