Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sai Bhaji | Greens, Vegetables and Lentils Stew

Sai Bhaji is a traditional dish of Sindhi Community of India. I am not going on history lecture when and where from Sindhi Community came. I am more interested in their food than other things. This dish you can called it one pot dish because it has greens, lentil and vegetables in it , perfect to go with their other famous rice dish called Bhugha Chaanwaran means rice with caramelized onions and  red chili powder and garam masala but you can enjoy this with roti or simple rice too. In this dish , four greens goes, spinach, methi and dill and Khatti palak means Green Sorrel. But  I didn't had that one so I added tomatoes. You can take greens as per your taste and liking, I took 5 cups worth of spinach, Fenugreek and Dill leaves. Because in the end it become only one cup. For the vegetables, you can take eggplant, okra, potatoes.

Just to share one good news too, I have won this beautiful pan as a giveaway from Foodie Blogroll : Contests and Promotions,

Thank you so much Jenn Campus for this and can't wait to make something and share it with you all.

Ingredients :

5 cups of washed and chopped spinach (Palak), Fenugreek leaves (methi), Dill (suva)
1 big chopped tomato
1 small eggplant cut
1 small potatoes
1 chopped onion
1/2 cup soaked chana dal (Bengal Gram Lentil)
1 green chili chopped
1 tsp. ginger chopped
1 tbsp. cumin and coriander powder
1 tsp. Turmeric powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp. oil

For the  Tadka (vaghar)
1 tsp. oil
3 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tsp. red chili powder


Prepare all the vegetables , cleaning chopping done so you just need to put everything in pressure cooker and done.  You can make this in pot too but it will take longer.

Take pressure cooker, add oil in it.
add onions and cook till its pink.
Add tomatoes and cook till its mushy.
Add ginger, chili , powder masala and mix.
Add greens, vegetables and lentil and salt.
Add enough water to cook all this, remember , greens will leave their water so dont add too much water too. Just enough to cook the dal and potato.
Wait for 4-5 whistle and shut off the gas.
Once the cooker is cold and all the pressure is gone, take out the lid and prepare for tadka.
In a tadka pan, add oil. add garlic and let it brown ,not to brown , just a hint of burnt garlic flavor. shut off the gas and add red chili powder.
Never add red chili powder in hot oil, it will burn and dish taste bad.
After adding red chili powder, pour that over greens and dal mix - Sai bhaji.
Cover the lid so the flavor stays inside.
After five minutes open the lid and serve hot with rice or roti.
You can skip the tadka and have it as it it also but I like the flavor of garlic so I always do that.

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  1. congrats on the win... I have a similar one that I bought from Ikea... this looks like a comfort dish...

  2. Congrats Linsy! this recipe too!

  3. congrats,great recipe.Do join in an event with giveaway at my space

  4. dish sounds healthy and yumm..

  5. Congrats dear.. Sai bhaji looks mouthwatering.. Loved the tadka

  6. Sindhi saag is our all-time family favourite :) Love the gravy here :)

  7. Truly a one pot delicious filling meal. Congrats on winning the pan and certainly looking forward to the dishes you are going to make with it.

    1. Thanks Nava, surely eager to open and make something too.

  8. You can't go wrong with lentils, especially at this time of year.

    1. Thanks Dannii, its a must for vegetarians like us.

  9. One pot/pan meals are such a help during the week, add rice and ready!

  10. Congrats Linsy on winning Foodie Blogroll giveaway.. :) Healthy and Filling one :)

  11. Healthy and yummy dish,new to me,thanks for sharing

  12. I love this dish and make it quite often.A quick and perfect meal! Thanks for sending it across to MLLA


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