Greens with Garlic and Raisins
- 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.
1 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories140
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 1g 5%
- Sodium 370mg 16%
- Potassium 680mg 20%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
- Protein 4g 8%
* 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.