Saturday, February 22, 2014

Farmer's Market and Palak Chicken

Farmer's market operates only during winter season.  This time it started from first week of December 2013.    It is an effort by Qatar government to get the farmers to sell their produce directly to end users.  There are really good - the only setback is that we need to get them in bulk and we normally go there in a group of 4 to 5 and split amongst ourselves.

Farmers Market buying spree

Palak is a vegetable that comes under the spinach family basically it is called Indian Spinach.  I have never cooked this type of spinach.  So when we saw loads of greens at the farmer's market, I decided to get them.  Haleema, who accompanied me to the farmer's market shared a recipe which she usually make.

Spinach - Palak

Palak Chicken
source : Haleema Rahman

500gm chicken breast
1 tbs ginger garlic paste
1 tsp of turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 bunch of palak
1/4 cup of water
1 small sized tomato
1 big onons
2-3 green chillies
1 tsp fennel powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
2 tbs butter

1.  Wash and chopped coarsely spinach.
2.  Wash and cut into bite size chicken.  Marinate with ginger garlic paste, salt and turmeric powder and shallow fry till cook.  Set aside.  Do not over cooked the chicken though.
3.  In a deep pan, put in spinach, chilli, chopped tomato and onions. Add in water and season with salt and cook till soft and spinach.
4.  Let it cool and blend (or if you have a hand blender - it works great) till fine and smooth
5.  In a different pan, heat butter, add in chicken, stir well and add in to the blended spinach.
6.  Season with salt if you require and serve with hot steaming rice or chapatis.



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