There are two vegetables I can never have enough: one of them is spinach. Yes those ugly, dull, green leaves are my ticket to cloud 9. Those of you who are wary of the green, eww looking leaves, don’t know what they are missing, seriously.
Those mushy leaves of spinach are packed with an “earthy” sort of flavor. Once cooked it may not be pleasant to the eye but it’s loaded with wonderful flavours and essential nutrients. In our traditional Pakistani or desi style of cooking spinach is usually cooked with cottage cheese, potatoes and meat-preferably lamb. Btw “palak ghoost” or “spinach with lamb” is something to die for, oh yeah!
However, creamed spinach is more of an unconventional cum restaurant style of cooking spinach. It is something you don’t cook everyday in your home. It is and should be served in small servings because of all that wonderfully rich cream and the sinful butter.
You have been warned
Seriously, this creamed spinach recipe is dangerous. If you are a die hard fan of spinach who is on a diet these days or wants to shed a few pounds desperately – and all things creamy and buttery are not in your regime then don’t try this recipe at home. Don’t.
I made the wonderful mistake of making it and then I had to taste it, duh! A tablespoon would be enough to judge either it was as good as the restaurant one, the one that had me hooked and I kept coming back for more and more. As soon as I tasted it, uh, dang! Memories flashed. This was just the creamed spinach recipe I had been looking for.
(Previously, I had been going to a famous food chain restaurant Salt N Pepper, just to enjoy this creamed spinach. They served it with fried chicken with pineapple sauce (and if you live in Lahore and haven’t tried their fried chicken with pineapple sauce, you ain’t tasted anything at all.) Anyways, I used to order this chicken dish mainly for the creamed spinach they served with it as side-dish.
But No, do not make THAT mistake. After that first bite, the rest of the batch just kept staring at me, whispering “eat me, eat me”, followed by “just another bite, just another innocent bite”, now how in earth could I resist talking creamed spinach hu haha! So, I ended up eating the whole batch in less than 15 minutes, no surprise ‘eh. But boy, it was dee-licious. emm emmm.
Nutritional Value of Spinach – The superfood
Always eat your vegetables and if it’s leafy, green and named spinach – it’s a must then 😉 :p Because spinach is pretty low in saturated fats. If consumed raw:like in salads, briefly boiled or steamed spinach is very rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamin (A, C,E, K), iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, manganese and nitrate that helps in toning muscles. So, that’s why whenever popeye used to eat spinach from a tin, he immediately grows huge biceps that helped beat the hell out of bluto. Poor fellow. Speaking of “Popeye the sailor man” show tun tun. I never really enjoyed watching poepeye’s show like other cartoons (say johnny Bravo, Johnny quest, Tom & Jerry and the list goes on and on) when I was little, guess the only thing common between popeye and me was our love for spinach. Aaak kaka kakaka
Spinach has a very earthy taste. It may not be pleasant to the eye but Spinach is good for your body. However if we cook spinach in our traditional/desi style, all the benefits or healthy nutrients in spinach are lost because spinach should not be cooked for more than 5-10 minutes. Always remember that you don’t need to boil spinach for more than 5-6 minutes. It’s done in that short time.
And this is the second thing I simply love about this recipe. First being that it’s got spinach in it;) the second thing is: that the spinach is only boiled in already boiling hot water for 5-6 minutes. Hence it’s got its nutritional value in-tacked and if you are somewhat like me, you’ll love eating it with nothing else but fork. However I don’t eat it for its nutritional value, I eat it because it triggers endorphins all around me.
Eat your spinach/vegetable
- Spinach 1kg baby spinach or regular, tough stems removed
- Salt according to taste
- Sour cream ½ cup *see note
- Butter 2 tbsp
- Onion 1 small, finely chopped
- Garlic 2 cloves, finely chopped
- Spring onions 2 tbsp finely chopped
- Boil spinach in boiling hot water for 5-6 minutes, drain, set aside.
- Now, take butter in a pan, throw in chopped onions. Sautee onions and then add finely chopped garlic cloves. Sautee.
- Add spinach, give it a good mix.
- Season with salt. Please note spinach is naturally salty so, taste first before adding any salt. I don't like to add black pepper to my creamed spinach, if you want to, be my guest. :) You're the boss in your kitchen :)
- Take the pan off stove and stir in sour cream.
- Your very own creamed spinach is ready to please you.
Do share with us your favourite cartoon character when you were little? And which is the vegetable you love the most? Do you like your spinach creamed or cooked with meat, potatoes or cottage cheese?
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