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Greens with Garlic and Raisins (Saag)

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Greens with Garlic and Raisins (Saag)
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4
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A simple stir-fry turns sweetly golden when you marry spinach greens with raisins!

Ingredients

Garam Masaala

1
tablespoon cumin seed
1
teaspoon cardamom seeds (removed from pods)
1/2
teaspoon whole cloves
1/2
teaspoon black peppercorns
2
dried bay leaves
2
three-inch cinnamon sticks, broken

Greens

2
tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2
cup golden raisins
1
small to medium red onion, cut in half, thinly sliced
5
medium cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1
bag (12 oz) washed fresh spinach
1/2
teaspoon salt

Directions

  • 1 Heat ungreased 6-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Place all garam masaala ingredients in skillet; roast 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until seeds crackle, spices turn one shade darker and the mixture has a nutty, sweet aroma. Transfer to bowl; cool 3 to 5 minutes.
  • 2 Place roasted spice blend in spice grinder. Grind until mixture looks like the texture of finely ground pepper. Store in airtight jar at room temperature for up to 1 month; beyond that, it will start to lose its full flavor. Makes 1/4 cup spice blend; use 1 teaspoon for this recipe.
  • 3 In wok or deep 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add raisins; stir-fry about 1 minute or until raisins plump up. Add onion and garlic; stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is golden brown. Stir in spinach; toss 2 to 3 minutes or until wilted. Stir in 1 teaspoon garam masaala and salt. Cook 1 minute.
Tips  

Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, mustard greens and collard greens are called saag in Hindi, India’s national language. You can use any one of these greens or a combination in this recipe.

Each household in North India has its own version of garam masaala. The spice blend can be used whole, ground raw or dry-roasted and then ground. Whatever its state, the resulting aroma puts a smile on your face and a lilt in your northern-based recipes.

You can purchase garam masaala already blended in East Indian markets or many supermarkets.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
55
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
6 g
(
Saturated Fat
1 g
)
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
370 mg
Potassium
680 mg
Total Carbohydrate
21 g
(
Dietary Fiber
3 g
)
Protein
4 g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
22%
22%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
16%
16%
Exchanges:
1/2 Fruit; 3 Vegetable; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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