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Nov 28, 2008

Spinach Stems Stir-fry

Spinach Stems Stir-fry
Stir-Fried Spinach Stems

As we all knew, spinach is packed with lots of nutrients and vitamins. Whenever I get fresh spinach from the market, I remove the stems and use the leaves to make dal. But I don’t throw those stems away as I don’t want to waste the nutrients. I use them to make a stir-fry or sometimes chutney. Of course sometimes I just add these stems to the dal along with the leaves. I must say the stir-fry tasted so delicious. 
Recipe goes like this:

Spinach Stems
Chopped Spinach Stems
  • 2 cups of Spinach Stems
  • A fistful of Split Moong Dal (Pesara Pappu, Yellow Lentils)
  • A pinch of Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Chili Powder
  • Salt
For Seasoning:
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Bengal Gram (Pachi Senaga Pappu, Chana Dal)
  • ¼ tsp Black Gram (Minappappu, Urad Dal)
  • 1 dry red Chili
  • Some Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Oil
  1. Wash and soak split moong dal for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, wash and chop spinach stems into small pieces. It worked better when snipped with a scissors.
  3. In a non-stick pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When these pop, add cumin seeds along with the red chili (broken into two pieces) + Bengal Gram + Black Gram + curry leaves and fry well until the dals turn golden brown in color.
  4. Then add the chopped spinach stems and stir well. Sprinkle some water, mix and leave the pan on a low flame for some time until the stems appear cooked and lose the raw taste. Add turmeric during half way of cooking and mix well.
  5. When the stems appear cooked, add the soaked moong dal and mix well. Sprinkle some more water if needed. Adjust salt. Leave it again for a little while, but keep stirring frequently.
  6. Turn off the flame after the curry becomes dry and all the water is absorbed. Check if it is cooked and transfer into a serving bowl.
  7. Enjoy this healthy curry with hot rice. 
  8. You’ll immediately say, “YUMMY”.

Spinach Stems Stir-fry


Finla said... [Reply]

Wow this is reallyclever to use the stems too , to make this dish.
Love the colour and it looks really yummy delicious.

Unknown said... [Reply]

looks nice & awesome.. healthy one..

Jaishree Iyer said... [Reply]

Looks awesome, very innovative & healthy recepie

Unknown said... [Reply]

wow..stir fry with stems..great..good one..

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Uma, i also prepare with spinach steams as kootu r else add them while preparing pappu..excellent idea of preparing as stir fry..

Rosie said... [Reply]

WOW another great recipe Uma you are so inventive!! The colour of your dish is just beautiful.

Rosie x

Lore said... [Reply]

I've always thrown away the big stems when cooking spinach. Love the idea of using them separately in a different recipe, we should never throw away something we can use one way or another :)

anudivya said... [Reply]

Good use of spinach stems... and healthy too I would think.

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

great idea Uma.. good one.

Vijitha said... [Reply]

gr8 idea girl! yummy n healthy

jayasree said... [Reply]

I make a similar stry along with the leaves and stem. Good idea to use the stem alone.

Cham said... [Reply]

I never throw the stem, I just make stir fry, and add in dhal ... But this one sounds cool with dhal stir fry!

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Simple yet delightful recipe.

Sunshinemom said... [Reply]

This stir fry looks delicious, Uma. I don't waste stems:)I preserve most of the stems - spinach, cauliflower etc. and at the end of the week I boil them in water and make a stock.

Daily Meals said... [Reply]

Seems healthy...

CurryLeaf said... [Reply]

Healthy dish,never tried this combo.For easy of use,I use baby spnach leaves -so no stem for me.But will try this

Raks said... [Reply]

I would like to have this with ghee and hot rice:) Thanx for sharing this wonderful recipe:)

Purva Desai said... [Reply]

now this is creativity.....
I also make yellow mung dal but with spinach and not their stems...this is a nice way of using stems...
Thanks for sharing

Cynthia said... [Reply]

I have learnt something new! You know I always throw away the stems... Thanks Uma.

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

I also used to discard the stems, thanks for such a healthy dish :)

Anonymous said... [Reply]

This could make such a nutritious side dish!

Premyscakes said... [Reply]

wow uma, i was looking for andhra delicacies, at last i found it. It looks delicious.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Creative way of using stems Uma!Looks yummy.

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