Friday, May 21, 2010

Spinach Channa and avocado Roti

The whole recipe is an inspiration from veg Inspirations. The spinach channa I think is very similar to the Ghea Channa we make in our home. So I am calling it spinach channa. We do not use a lot of garam masala in our cooking so I kind of came up with my own masala mix for this wonderful subzi. I combined it with avacado roti. This was one of my wow moment of my life. Think about it - Avacado is so buttery and it really does not have any strong taste to it. By mixing it with the roti flour it makes the roti soft without any butter. The roti was very tasty and it was really good with the spinach channa..

Ingredients for spinach channa:

- 3 cups chopped spinach
- 1/2 cup channa dhal
- 1 small onion
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 green chili
- small piece of ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric
- chili powder to taste
- salt to taste

Fry and grind:
- 2 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp jeera seeds
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp methi seeds
- 2 tsp pepper corn
- 3-4 red chili

- 1 tsp oil
- 1 tsp jeera


1. Boil the channa dhal till it becomes soft. I do not pressure cook this as I want it to be whole but soft. If you are using the cooker then be careful to not make it mushy.
2. In a large pan add oil and jeera. Once the jeera splutters add the onions and fry till tender. Now add the chopped spinach. In about 2-4 minutes it will start to wilt.
3. Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they become mushy. Add the ground masala, salt and if needed chili powder. Mix them well and let it cook for a couple of minutes
4. Add the boiled channa dhal. If you find that it is dry then add some water. Simmer for 15 minutes and serve it hot with roti

Ingredients for Roti :
- 2 cups atta/ wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ripe avocado mashed
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp of masala (I used the same one I ground for the spinach channa - see above)
- 1/2 tsp ajwin

Method :
1. Mix all the above ingredients to form a stiff dough. Roll them to form small rotis.
2. Heat a flat pan and cook the roti's till you see brown spots on both sides. Add little bit oil while cooking. This will not be like pulka roti's so you just need to cook in the tawa.

The combination is very tasty so definitely give this a try..

This one goes to the Green Foodie event Green Foodie event hosted by Preeti of relishing recipes

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