Sindhi Spinach

Sai Bhaji, translated directly as "green vegetable," is our comfort food.  We eat it with yogurt and papadum and onion "brown" rice as fall is setting in, and it tastes like a combination of childhood family dinners, New England harvest, and Diwali celebrations.  Add dill when you've got some on hand!

These ingredients, these spices, this particular preparation of the humblest of vegetables -- has probably existed for centuries.  And the source of its longevity might have something to do with a particular diaspora of people whose lineage traces back to Karachi, Pakistan, before it was Pakistan.  Sai Bhaji, translated directly as "green vegetable," is our comfort food.  We eat it with yogurt and papadum and onion "brown" rice as fall is setting in, and it tastes like a combination of childhood family dinners, New England harvest, and Diwali celebrations.  Add dill when you've got some on hand!

Prep Time1 hrCook Time35 minsTotal Time1 hr 35 mins

  cup yellow split dal
 2 carrots
 2 sliced small potatoes
 12 oz cubed frozen spinach
 2 garlic cloves
 finely chopped 1/2 inch of ginger
 ½ minced small yellow onion
 1 tbsp tomato paste OR diced tomato
 1 tsp cumin
 1 tsp coriander
 1 tsp tumeric

1

Begin by boiling the lentils, potatoes and carrots in a small pot; add each ingredient in the order they were listed, in 8 minute increments; bring stove to simmer.

2

Sautee onion, ginger, garlic, tomato paste, and spices, and salt to taste. Add spinach, and stir to allow the spinach to absorb the spices and also cook.

3

When the spinach is prepared, add the lentil, potato, and carrot mixture.

4

Puree the spinach and vegetable mixture with an immersion blender or food processor.

 

Ingredients

  cup yellow split dal
 2 carrots
 2 sliced small potatoes
 12 oz cubed frozen spinach
 2 garlic cloves
 finely chopped 1/2 inch of ginger
 ½ minced small yellow onion
 1 tbsp tomato paste OR diced tomato
 1 tsp cumin
 1 tsp coriander
 1 tsp tumeric

Directions

1

Begin by boiling the lentils, potatoes and carrots in a small pot; add each ingredient in the order they were listed, in 8 minute increments; bring stove to simmer.

2

Sautee onion, ginger, garlic, tomato paste, and spices, and salt to taste. Add spinach, and stir to allow the spinach to absorb the spices and also cook.

3

When the spinach is prepared, add the lentil, potato, and carrot mixture.

4

Puree the spinach and vegetable mixture with an immersion blender or food processor.

Sindhi Spinach

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