Spinach (or palak) is probably one of the most widely-consumed leafy vegetables throughout the country. So much so that you will find every region having their unique palak recipe, making for a wholesome main course or traditional snacks. In Punjab it is consumed as palak paneer and saag chicken, whereas, in Bengal, it is famous in form of sabzi (palak shaak torkari); and the list goes on. If you are looking for a unique palak recipe, then you should definitely consider Maharashtra's Takatla Palak. This dish is quite easy to make at home and is also good for health. Find out more below.
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What Is Takatla Palak?
Takatla Palak, also sometimes known as Palakchi Patal Bhaji is a common Maharashtrian preparation of spinach. In this kadhi-like dish, spinach (palak) is cooked with chana dal, peanuts, besan, buttermilk (chaas) and spices. Packed with essential nutrients and irresistible flavours, Takatla palak can be enjoyed in any season. It is best served with bhakri/ rotis or rice.
Is Takatla Palak Healthy? Key Benefits To Know:
1. Rich in nutrients
Spinach is an amazing source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. Consumption of spinach can help improve bone health, heart health as well as gut health. Takatla palak uses many spices as well as chana dal, chaas, peanuts and besan. These ingredients only further enhance the nutritional value of this dish.
2. Helps with weight loss
This dish has high-fibre ingredients like spinach, chana dal and besan. It also contains no high-fat cream and requires less oil. Thus, Takatla palak may be a great addition to your weight loss diet. It can help keep you full and give you a sustained energy boost.
3. May support blood sugar control
High-fibre dishes like this one may also help diabetics. Spinach, chana dal, besan and chaas are all said to be good for managing blood sugar.
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How To Make Takatla Palak | Quick And Easy Recipe For Maharashtrian Palak Kadhi
Make a smooth batter with besan, sour (khatta) chaas, jaggery and spices. Cook soaked chana dal and peanuts with spinach, green chillies and water in a pressure cooker. In a kadhai, cook the besan batter and stir to thicken. Later add in the cooked spinach-dal mixture and combine well. Top the dish with a tadka with mustard seeds, cumin seeds and other ingredients.
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The next time you're cooking spinach, give this recipe a try and let us know how you like it.
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