I had no idea that it is #worldveganday today. However, like so so many weird coincidences happen in my life, I decided to make this vegan corn and spinach mix vegetable on the same day!
My inspiration for this spinach and corn dish was from the traditional Methi Malai Matar. This curry is basically fresh fenugreek leaves cooked with green peas in a creamy white sauce. So here is what I did. I swapped fenugreek with baby spinach, added fresh sweet corn and peas. I cooked it in a tomato and coconut milk sauce – the coconut milk was the perfect substitute for creamy white sauce. Next to this gravy, I added a generous dose of garlic and garnished it with basil, and oregano.
And guess what we paired it with for lunch? Hot wholewheat parathas stuffed with sattu or toasted gram flour. This is a perfect comfort meal for nippy afternoons. The kids devoured it and I have the perfect recipe for world vegan day too. Doesn’t it feel good when things just fall into place sometimes, making all the hard work worthwhile?
Here is a quick 15-minute recipe once again for you from yours truly. Scroll down for the full recipe.
- Baby spinach or normal spinach- 250 gm
- Fresh sweet corn-1/2 cup
- Frozen or fresh green peas-1/2 cup
- Garlic, minced- 4 pods
- Tomato, chopped fine-1
- Coconut milk/cream or whipping cream-100 ml
- Dried Basil - ¼ teaspoon (or you could use a few leaves of freshly chopped fresh basil)
- Oregano- ¼ teaspoon
- Salt-1 teaspoon or to taste
- Oil-1 tablespoon
- In a heavy bottomed pan heat oil and once hot, add garlic and herbs and stir for half a minute until the herbs start to release their fragrance
- Add tomatoes and on medium-high heat stir until they are soft and mushy
- Stir in the spinach, corn and peas and mix well. If using normal spinach you would need to blanch it until soft, drain and then add the blanched leaves into the mixture. Cover, reduce the heat to medium and cook until all the veggies are soft.
- Uncover and stir in the cream, salt and give it a final mix before letting it simmer for another 5 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of hot water if the mixture seems too thick and adjust the salt
- Turn off the heat and serve hot with a side of rice, roti or parathas
Calories (per serving)- 150 Nutrition- Fiber/Vitamin A, C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Iron, Protein It does wonders for your-Muscles/Hair/Quality of sleep/Immunity/Anemia/Bones/Gut This is “My 1pm/8pm Meal