The other day I bought some Malabar spinach (Basella Alba). This spinach is a climber and grows really well in South India. It is high in Vitamin A, c, iron, and calcium. You can make a stir-fry or throw it into a sambar or dal and it is delicious. While I was wondering what to make with it, I chanced upon a recipe for a chutney made especially in Karnataka out of these greens. I would next time substitute spinach and other greens to see how it turns out. This recipe is delicious, super easy and quick to make.
250 g Malabar spinach
4 cloves garlic – chopped
6 shallots or 1 medium onion – chopped
2 green chillies – chopped
juice from 1 lime sized tamarind or 1 tsp tamarind paste
salt to taste
2 tsp oil
Remove stem from the spinach, wash well and chop.
Heat oil in a saucepan. add onions, garlic and chillies and fry till onions are golden brown.
Add spinach to the pan and fry for about 10 minutes on a medium flame.
Turn off the heat and let it cool.
Grind the mixture with some salt and tamarind.
Serve with rice, roti or as a spread.