Indian Palak

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Mama’s dinner!

I’m a big fan of Indian food. The tastes are deep and complex, the seasonings and spices have strong anti-inflammatory properties, and the balance of grains, vegetables and meat is near perfect in many Indian dishes.

This sauce is incredibly versatile. It pairs wonderfully with paneer, goat, ground beef, lamb, and even chicken, though chicken would be an atypical addition to this dish.

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 green chile
  • 1/8 cup plus 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 thumb fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
  • 1 Tbsp whole coriander
  • 1 lb ground goat, 90% leaf ground beef or shredded chicken
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups prepared brown rice

Directions:

In a large skillet, heat the water and 2 Tbsp of the olive oil. Add the spinach in batches until it cooks down and shrinks. Meanwhile, place the sesame seeds, cumin, peppercorns, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, and coriander in a coffee grinder and grind until fine. Add to the cooked spinach. Add the onion, green chile, cayenne, and turmeric. Allow to simmer on low uncovered for 10 minutes.

In a separate skillet, brown the goat, beef or chicken over medium heat. Drain the fat and return the meat to the skillet.

After 10 minutes, remove the spinach mixture from heat and set aside to cool. Once it has cooled a bit, pour everything into the blender and blend until smooth. Stir the sauce into the browned meat.

Stir 2 Tbsp olive oil into the brown rice (alternatively, you can add the olive oil while the brown rice is cooking).

Serve the sauce over brown rice. Top with chopped roma tomatoes, if desired. So delicious! So nourishing!

Bradley's dinner!
Bradley’s dinner!

I blend 1/3 cup of the sauce with 1/4 cup of brown rice, additional vegetables and bone broth. In the picture, I also stirred in some homemade sesame seed milk.

The following nutritional information is for 1/3 cup of sauce and 1/4 cup of brown rice:

With ground goat: 192 calories, 12g protein, 18 carbs, 2g fiber, 6g fat, 70mg calcium, 2.5mg iron.

With 90% lean ground beef: 219 calories, 12g protein, 18 carbs, 2g fiber, 6g fat, 70mg calcium, 2.5mg iron

With shredded chicken: 180 calories, 10g protein, 18 carbs, 2g fiber, 6g fat, 70mg calcium, 1.5mg iron.

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