I thought the first recipe I put out should be something uncomplicated, simple and healthy. Spinach salad is just that. I love green vegetables and spinach is one of my favourites. I think there are so many awesome things you can do with it. In primary school, when other kids would whine about having to eat vegetables, I’d happily and willingly eat spinach in all it’s different forms. Palak paneer, palak dal, shredded spinach with coconut, crackling spinach with sesame seeds, pan-fried spinach with other greens oriental style, and in lasagne.
There’s so much you can do with the humble green leafie!! And the best part is, it’s soooooooo good for you. My best friend PB would sometimes wonder HOW I could eat so much “ghaas-phoos”, but in the time I’ve know her I have managed to get her to eat spinach and even karela.
Anyway, the best way to have spinach is just as it is, raw, in a salad, but a lot of people are wary of eating uncooked spinach. I usually wash it, blanch it and then chop it up with yoghurt and make a raita. The other thing about spinach is that if you boil the shit out of it, you’re losing all the good stuff like folic acid. So when you do blanch, use enough water to just about cover the spinach, don’t drown it.
Anyway, I had a lovely raw spinach salad in Sri Lanka once, with grated coconut, and it was so fresh and yummy that I make it often enough at home.
Since I don’t cook the spinach for this salad, I wash it repeatedly and soak it in water for a looooong time before chopping it up. The lime juice will cook the spinach anyway, so you don’t end up with a very raw taste in your mouth.
- 1 bunch spinach
- Small bunch each of mint and coriander
- Grated coconut- a fistful
- 1 onion- small to medium sized, chopped
- 1 green chilli, chopped
- Juice of 2 limes (nimbu)
- A little olive oil
Finely chop the spinach, mint and coriander leaves. You can use or leave out the stalk depending on how you like it. Drizzle the lime juice over it. Add the grated coconut, chopped onions, chopped green chilli, salt and mix well. If you want, you can drizzle some olive oil or coconut oil over it as well.