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21st October 2019

Tamdi Patol Bhaji

Tamde Patol Bhaji (red amaranth in coconut milk)

Leafy vegetables are mostly cooked dry or as a semi gravy. I decided to make Red Amaranth with coconut milk and I’ve named the creation Tamdi Patol Bhaji. It is very simple to make and is non-spicy. I would consider it as a alternative to dal and without having to make vegetable as a side. Just the Tamdi Patol Bhaji and hot rice will suffice. Maybe some fried fish or pickle on the side?

Serves: 4 to 6 Persons

Prep. Time: 15 Mins.

Cooking Time: 25 Mins.

Ingredients:

  • Tamdi Bhaji [Red Amaranth] – 2 medium bunches.
  • Thick Coconut Milk (see here) – 250 ml
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 1 medium
  • Garlic (finely chopped) – 2
  • Garlic (crushed) – 4 to 6 (for tempering)
  • Green Chillies (slit) – 3 to 4
  • Kokum (soaked in 60 ml warm water) – 6 to 8 petals
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp.
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Sugar – a pinch
  • Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Salt – 1 tsp. or to taste

Step 1:     Cut off the stems of the amaranth and wash the leaves thoroughly. Drain and chop fine.

Step 2:     Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds and sauté for a few seconds on medium heat. The add the chopped garlic and hing and sauté for another few seconds. Add the onion and sauté till soft.

Preparation of Tamde Patol Bhaji (red amaranth in coconut milk)

Step 3:     Add the slit green chillies and sauté for a minute. Then add the chopped leaves and sauté for 5 minutes. Add 2 tbsp. water, ½ tsp. salt and switch the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in between.

Preparation of Tamde Patol Bhaji (red amaranth in coconut milk)

Step 4:     The vegetable will be almost cooked. Add the kokum petals with the water and ½ tsp. salt and cook covered for another 5 minutes or till the vegetable is fully cooked.

Preparation of Tamde Patol Bhaji (red amaranth in coconut milk)

Step 5:     Finally add the sugar and coconut milk and cook uncovered for another 2 to 3 minutes. Switch off the heat.

Preparation of Tamde Patol Bhaji (red amaranth in coconut milk)
Preparation of Tamde Patol Bhaji (red amaranth in coconut milk)
Preparation of Tamde Patol Bhaji (red amaranth in coconut milk)

Step 6:     Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a tempering spoon / pan and when the oil is hot, put in crushed garlic. Take off the heat in a few seconds before it burns out and add to the cooked vegetable. Cover with a lid and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Preparation of Tamde Patol Bhaji (red amaranth in coconut milk)

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