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Greens with Garlic and Raisins

Greens with Garlic and Raisins

A simple stir-fry with spinach greens with raisins!
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Greens with Garlic and Raisins, Saag
Servings: 4
Calories: 140kcal


Garam Masaala

  • 1 tbsp Cumin seed
  • 1 tsp Cardamom seeds (removed from pods)
  • ½ tsp Whole cloves
  • ½ tsp Black peppercorns
  • 2 Dried bay leaves
  • 2 Three-inch cinnamon sticks, broken


  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • ½ cup Golden raisins
  • 1 Small to medium red onion, cut in half, thinly sliced
  • 5 Medium cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 12 oz Washed fresh spinach 1 bag
  • ½ tsp Salt


  • Heat ungreased 6-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Place all garam masaala ingredients in skillet; roast 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until seeds crackle, spices turn one shade darker and the mixture has a nutty, sweet aroma. Transfer to bowl; cool 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Place roasted spice blend in spice grinder. Grind until mixture looks like the texture of finely ground pepper. Store in airtight jar at room temperature for up to 1 month; beyond that, it will start to lose its full flavor. Makes 1/4 cup spice blend; use 1 teaspoon for this recipe.
  • In wok or deep 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add raisins; stir-fry about 1 minute or until raisins plump up. Add onion and garlic; stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is golden brown. Stir in spinach; toss 2 to 3 minutes or until wilted. Stir in 1 teaspoon garam masaala and salt. Cook 1 minute.


  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, mustard greens and collard greens are called saag in Hindi, India’s national language. You can use any one of these greens or a combination in this recipe.
  • Each household in North India has its own version of garam masaala. The spice blend can be used whole, ground raw or dry-roasted and then ground. Whatever its state, the resulting aroma puts a smile on your face and a lilt in your northern-based recipes.
  • You can purchase garam masaala already blended in East Indian markets or many supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories140
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 6g 10%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Sodium 370mg 16%
  • Potassium 680mg 20%
  • Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
    • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
  • Protein 4g 8%

  • Vitamin A 70%
  • Vitamin C 22%
  • Calcium 10%
  • Iron 16%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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Written by Lisa Yarde

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