There are many ways to make nutritious Malabar spinach (Basella) delicious. In most Konkani homes they make vali sasam (Malabar spinach in coconut chutney), vali mosru bajji (Malabar spinach in chutney & curds) & many other Basella dishes. Mom makes this easy peesy side dish without much hassel using Basella that tastes delicious & is also quick to make. Here's its recipe.
What you see in the pic above from left are:
Malabar Spinach In Curds (Vali Mosru Bajji Recipe) recipe here.
Total preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Course: Side dish
Method of preparation:
1. Wash and finely chop leaves of Malabar spinach.
You can use tender most stems of Malabar Spinach. How do you know if stems are tender? Snap them, if they break they are tender. Use them in this dish.
2. Add chopped spinach into a pressure, add 1/2 cup water, salt and cook closed for 1 whistle.
3. Let cooked spinach cool down. Once it has cooled down, add cooked spinach to curds without the stock used to cook it.
4. Check & adjust salt. Add stock if needed. We want it to be considerably thick in consistency and not watery.
5. Seasoning: Heat oil in a tempering pan, add in mustard seeds. When they start popping, add in curry leaves and dried red chilli broken into pieces, pepper powder, cumin powder. Add this tempering to the spinach curds mixture and mix well.
6. Serve it with rice & enjoy.
P.S: My mom also grinds little grated coconut sometimes to the spinach curds mixture. But it tastes great without the grated coconut too.
P.P.S: Mom also does this: Season in a frying pan, add chopped spinach to the seasoning, cook it closed without adding any water on medium flame. Water given out by leaves is enough to cook them through. Cool it, transfer it to curds & enjoy with rice or as a side dish.
Basella are also known as Malabar spinach in India and is called 'vali' in Konkani. We prepare a lot of Basella dishes in Konkani cuisine. Some of them are:
We also make spicy fritters (called ambado in Konkani) and spicy dosas (called as sanna polo in Konkani) for lunch, dinner using basella.
Find more Konkani cuisine side dishes here.