ಬಸಳೆ ಹಶಿ/Spinach Raita

Havyak food never ends without a delicious raita. This raita is very simple can be made even with methi leaves. To avoid bitterness in methi add some jaggery to it. As a young girl i would love basale (spinach) greens. These greens may be little sticky depending on the varienty of Basale just like lady’sfinger. There are a few varieties of these green leaves small greens, large huge red stalk with green leaves, large green leaves and also one more is very thin greens all belong to the same family.  The last variety is very tastier i love the most. Though i do not find it here.  These can be grown nicely in your backyards. To know the health benefits of spinach read here. This is my entry for JFI greens hosted by Indira of Mahanandi and Green Blog Project hosted by Mandira from Ahaar.

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Home grown spinach 🙂

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Spinach Raita

All you need

Basale  – 1 bunch

onion – 1 cut finely

grated coconut – 1/2 cup

green chillies – 1

yogurt/curds – 1 cup

tempering

mustard seeds – 1tsp

urad dhall – 1 tsp

hing – 1/4 tsp

red chilles – 2

  • Wash and chop spinach finely
  • Cook spinach with water and salt until soft let it cool
  • Grind green chillies, coconut with water to a fine paste
  • Add the coconut paste, chopped onions and curds to spinach and mix well
  • Prepare for takda, add red chillies, hing urad dhall, mustard to hot oil
  • Allow mustard to splutter, pour it to the spinach mixture.
  • Serve with rice.
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27 Comments Add yours

  1. sunita says:

    The plant looks really nice…as for the dish, it’s so innovative…love it…

    –Thanks dear! Do try it!

  2. sunita says:

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  3. Coffee says:

    AWE!!!!!! That plant looks cool!!!!! And the raita sounds great!!!

    –Coffee thanks u know we can’t grow big veges around as i stay at HDB estates ha ha:)
    Raita u could try it if your like flavour of coconut then sure wd like it!

  4. Asha says:

    You grow your own Basale soppu.I envy you.

    Raita looks great.I have made something for JFI, I will post next week,still have to type in the recipes:))

    –Asha ha ha:)
    i had big stalks of basale and one pot lying so just planted it aste actually i did not intend to grow as i do not have must space for too.

    But feel nice that it is green around my corridor.

    Hey i am waiting for your recipes, i made some methi rice too but yenu photos chenagi bandilla 😦 so will wait enu time ede alva

  5. Richa says:

    loved the raita recipe, will surely try this.
    thanks

    –Richa try it i am sure you would love it!!

  6. simple recipe…sure give it a try roopa.thanks!

    –maneka thanks for stopping by !!

  7. Ramya says:

    Hi Roopa,

    Thanx for leaving a comment on my page and leading me to yours…. Your Spinach raita sounds interesting. Will try it out sometime!!! 🙂

    –Ramya Thanks and welcome!, that was real fast!!

  8. Bharathy. says:

    Zzzz me yet to get prepared for JFI…nice post…

    –Thanks Bharthy and welcome to you!

  9. sia says:

    wow roopa… whata beautiful pic of basale growing…its got red stems? cool… by the way neevu havyakara? yakendre naanu kuda havyaka:)

    —sia, wow ninu mangalorean ankande! 🙂 cool got to know a havayak, ninu busy idde anisthu job hege iddu?.
    basale adarpadige belakatha iddu!! ok bye

  10. sia says:

    aha…enage innu namma bashe li matadlakku… office li idde… iga sanna break tekonde;)

    —Challo attu bidu, enage rashi khushi attu! 🙂 mathe siguva

  11. shaheen says:

    u should enter this for the green blog project at mandira’s site.

    –Thanks Shaheen let me check out !

  12. Sharmi says:

    never heard of spinach raita. really new recipe and sounds good too. nice entry!!

    —Thanks Sharmi, it is one of the common raitas with rice for us.Do give it a try!

  13. Sushma says:

    beautiful !!! the plant really looks really nice ..Touch wood.. 🙂 beautiful cooooool recipe..

    —Thanks Sushma, yeah yeah touch wood ….

  14. Sig says:

    Hey Roopa, very nice recipe! Love that plant, very beautiful!!

    –Hi Sig Thanks for dropping by! thanks again 🙂

  15. swapna says:

    The spinach plant is looking good..

  16. Nupur says:

    The plant looks just adorable! And the raita looks totally delicious.

  17. sandeepa says:

    The plant is lovely Roopa. Have never tried Spinach raita looks like a great idea

  18. Roopa says:

    –Nupur and Sandeepa
    Thanks for the inspiring comments.
    yeah not many people are aware of this raita do give it a try !
    Especially kids love it!

  19. Prema says:

    HI Roopa,
    I make this raita too and I learnt it from my friend. Lovely presentation …

    –Prema Thanks for dropping by dear!

  20. mandira says:

    Thanks for participating in GBP Roopa. Your plant looks so green and healthy and spinach raita is a great idea. Will try this soon.

    –Mandira thanks for dropping by! Yeah do try it !

  21. shivapriya says:

    Hey Roopa
    We make majjiga pulusu (kadi) with basale. I’m sure the ratia tastes delicious. Thanks for dropping by.

    -Shivapriya thanks for visiting!
    Raita is similar to the majjiga pulusu !

  22. Mishmash! says:

    Hey roopa, thanks for dropping by my page….and I was quite amazed to see the pic of ur spinach here !! U really have a green thumb, girl !

    Shn

    –Thks Mishmash for dropping by! hmm is it but not all my plants bloom this way this happened by chance when the wheather is good and spot seemed to recieve the all it needed. i love that 🙂 but sure my green thumb is improving!

  23. Sreelu says:

    Roopa,

    so cool love your recipe and most importantly your plant. There is always a great satisfaction in eating something grown self.
    Thanks for your comments on my blog, added you to my blog roll, hopefully you will be a regular visitor

    Sreelu

    –Sreelu thanks for visiting and adding to your blogroll, i too have added yours! true it is a great excitement and satisfaction to use what we grow!

  24. musical says:

    Lovely recipe, Roopa. I love raitas and greens and your recipe combines both! I am definitely trying it. Lovely plant…..even if its a lil’ plant at home, you do fall in love with it and it becomes a part of life…..tells me that i have to get some plants too…..

    –Thks musical! We too love this! Do try and let me know how it turns out. I have to start growing again the plant i used up all the leaves for the raita!

  25. Lakshmi says:

    Hi Roopa,
    Tumbha dhanyavadagalu. Bahala dinadinda basale soppina recipe ge hudukutha idde. This is interesting. I will brin a small plant this time when I go to India. I havent seen this green veggie in Singapore atleast.
    Bye,
    Lakshmi

    Hi lakshmi welcome! BTW, you can find this in tekka market and even in wet markets and at times at NTUC fairprice. Try to get thick stems and plant a few stems aste, It grows but never enough for a dish.

  26. kala says:

    Hai Roopa,
    Thumbha interesting aagidhe. E weekend Naanu try madthinee. Aadre Ondu doubt idhe. Spinach means palak soppu alva. basale soppannu englishnalli yenanthare? Aadhannu spinach antha karithara. Please let me know?
    Bye
    Kala

    Hi Kala, you can make this raita with palak soppu/basalle soppu/menthe soppu. here basale is called chinese green spinach(small wilted ones)
    try madi nodi.

  27. Priya says:

    Hi people,

    I need to know the english names of the following soppu varieties. Dantina soppu and basale soppu. I know that Palak is spinach. Yarigaru gottidre, please heli.

    Thanks!!!!!
    Priya.

    priya do look at the following site for english names . medicinalplants. hope this would help you

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