Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Baked spinach curry

I love greens and if you tell me to eat them everyday - I certainly can ! As a matter of fact, I love all veggies and was never really a picky eater...I need my food to look good and yes taste good  (duh!). Am glad I don't have picky eaters at home, but very critical people ( raising an eyebrow) by very I mean very....!! They ( I mean both of you two people, who read my blog and live with me - yes BOTH  ) critical only in the context of food. The bright side, when something is super delicious, they shower me with compliments that could last for weeks and it get's embarrassing when we are outside and even after repeated pleas to dial in down ...they don't ! I know it's cute but a bit embarrassing when we are out.  Yesterday, when I baked them the spinach n eggs, they loved it - just makes me so happy.  I was a bit skeptical at first ...as finally teen said "I love it, am not sure dad will"  but looks like this baked dish is here to stay in my household, hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did and they are going to rave about it for days or even weeks :)

You can never go wrong with, spinach, tomatoes, eggs and parmesan.

1 big bunch of spinach roughly chopped
handful of cherry tomatoes, split
3-4 eggs
3 tbsp olive oil
2 green/ red fresh chillies split
parmesan cheese ( optional)
1 leek stem  finely chopped
1/2 - 1 tsp corn starch

Spice blend
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp crushed smoked paprika
salt to taste

Pre heat oven for 350.

In a sauce pan heat 1 tbsp oil, add cumin let it sizzle, add finely chopped leek and if you are out of leek just add onions but make sure you do not over cook the onions, add the green chillies.

Add salt and just roast for 2 min, add the tomatoes and turn off heat and close.

Blanch the spinach : cook in microwave for 5-6 min, strain and dunk it in ice cold water. ( helps maintain the nice green color)

Add the spinach to the leek n tomatoes, toss, add salt if needed, heat for a bit 2-3 min and if it is watery just add a/2 - 1 tsp of corn starch ( mixed in water) stir. Add the paprika powder.

Serve it in individual bowls, grate parmesan 9 optional), break an egg on the spinach. bake for 10-12 min or till egg is half boiled. ( baked full boiled eggs taste dry and rubbery, so I don't recommend that )

If you do not want the egg or cheese, just bake it for 6 min. Serve with some warm garlic bread.

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