Friday, October 21, 2011

Spinach & Potato Koftas in Green Gravy - Virtual Bridal Shower for Nithya

The dreams of a dashing life partner and the perfect soul mate begins for a girl when she barely comprehends full sentences.Knight in shining armor sweeping them off their feet and getting married in the most beautiful wedding are part of many a girl's growing up fantasy.When I heard the news of  a fellow blogger entering in to wedded bliss in November, there were many nostalgic moments of my dreams and the eventual marriage to my soul-mate !

It's celebration time in blogger world- one of our fellow pal Nithya who pours her heart out @ 4th Sense Cooking is getting married. A very talented blogger and a great photographer, Nithya is known for her clicks that is sheer poetry !

I once read that Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day , ah - now that's a real treat  - Nithya here's wishing you & the man of your dreams all love, happiness & success !

While it is impossible for everyone to be actually present for the wedding, we a group of 12 bloggers headed by Anamika are joining in for virtual celebrations & to raise a toast to the sassy bride ! A virtual bridal shower for Nithya by recreating dishes from her blog is our small way of expressing joy & wishes - Hope you like it Nithya !

I decided to make Palak Kofta Curry from her space for the occassion. A few alterations to the recipe dictated by our taste buds was done.The dish signified hearty & exotic and it tasted YUM

Ingredients :

For Kofta :-

  • Spinach (palak) - a small bunch - finely chopped
  • Potatoes - 2 - big - boiled & mashed
  • Bread slices - 3
  • Onion - 1
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mango powder - a pinch
  • Coriander leaves(Finely chopped) - 2 tblsp
  • Salt - for taste
  • Oil - for deep frying
For Gravy :-
  • Spinach - 1 big bunch
  • Whole Spices - cinnamon,Mace,Cardamom- little of each
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Onions - 2 - chopped roughly & ground to a fine paste along with whole spices
  • Ginger & Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp of each
  • Chilly powder - for taste
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Dry mango powder(aamchur) - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Butter - 2 tsp

Wash the green well and finely chop them.Pressure cook the potatoes, peel and mash them well.Chop the onion, chillies and coriander finely.Dip the bread in water, squeeze and mix it along with mashed potatoes, chopped spinach,onions,chillies, coriander leaves, garam masala, mango powder and salt. Mix them well and pinch out a lemon sized quantity and roll it into a fine ball. Repeat the same for the rest of the mix.Deep fry the balls in hot oil. Keep the flame low and fry for few mins till they turn into golden brown color.Place them on kitchen tissues to remove excess oil. 

For the gravy,Wash the greens well. Put them in a pan with little water and let it cook/boil for a few minutes till they all wilt. Now drop them in to a bowl of cold water immediately.This not only stops further cooking but also helps maintain the color of the greens. Take it off flame and allow it to cool. Grind the greens  into a smooth paste. 

Heat butter in a pan and fry onion-spices mix till the onions turn golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste to it and let the mix sizzle for a while.Now add the salt, chilly powder, mango powder, garam masala and turmeric powder to it. Let the contents boil for a while.Add the ground spinach and the milk slowly, stirring it continuously. Now let it simmer till it becomes thick and creamy.Add the above done koftas just before serving the curry. Yummy and healthy spinach kofta curry is ready to eat. Serve hot with chapathi, roti or ghee rice - Enjoy 

The recipe is also featured in Honest Cooking

Also head over to other bloggers hosting this virtual feast & celebrations

Anamika ArunTaste Junction
Krithi Krithi's Kitchen
Priya Mitharwal - Nharo Rajasthan Recipes
Priya Mahadevan -  Now Serving
Priya Suresh - Easy N Tasty Recipes
Radhika Subramaniam - Tickling Palates
Radhika Vasanth - Food for 7stages of life
Revathy - Kaarasaram
Sanjeeta - Different Strokes
Vardhini - Zesty Palette

Enjoy !

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  1. Awesome it looks! congrats nithya- join the club :)

  2. So nice of you Priya to have done this. The koftas have come out very well.

  3. Congrats to nithi...
    Wow well done dear,delicious koftas...

  4. My hearty wishes to Nithya.Awesome kofta curry and healthy recipe too.Deliciously presented.Luv it

  5. Heartiest Congratulations to Nithya.........& kudos to the Blogging dozen for such a nice presentation of such a beautiful sentiment.

  6. wow..ur such a sweet heart..have done this for her......sounds nice.... congrats Nithya....the kofta is looking yummy....nice presentation...

  7. Congrats to Nithya,wonderful party dish,delicious koftas

  8. Looks super delicious koftas, marvellous presentation..

  9. Looks delicious and beautiful. I am curious how did you get the last pics label or name or balloon whatever it is called is twinkling. How so?

    I am hosting a new event which I am calling Back to our Roots. Do check out my event and send me your entries from 15/10/11 to 30/11/11.

  10. Oh my God!!!! Archana, you are just toooooo sweeet I say :) Hugssssss :)

    I'm seriously in tears. You have simply made my day :) Beautiful decorations and a lovely post to celebrate my occasion. I really feel that you 12 are part of my family, celebrating my happiness with me :) Thank you soooooooooooo much. I just have no words to express how happy I am right now :)

    Thanks a ton and keep me in your prayers always :)

  11. Yummy kofta curry. Tempting clicks.

  12. yummy koftas.. Love the traditional touch given to pics .

  13. so sweet of u to come up with a virtual bridal shower, lovely gesture from all of u..kofta curry looks delicious..

  14. wow, what beautiful wishes and decoration and presentation, love it all :)

  15. wow yummy curry and looks so tempting with wonderful clicks ....

  16. Lovely Post Priya - Love the decorations and the little notes :) And spinach and aloo kofta was a yummy pick :) xo priya

  17. awwww that is so sweet of you and the other 11 bloggers to have virtual celebration in honor of the soon to be bride. Loved the cute set-up for the kofta dish,I felt the warmth in this celebration and also loved the yummy dish:)!!!

  18. i like your food pictures and want to invite you to try out it's for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos and share it will other foodies.

  19. Wonderful recipe and good presentation!

  20. Nithya cant get a cute gift than this! So sweet and thoughtful of you, Priya! :)

    Curry looks so yummmmy!!

    P.S- Nithya was my girl. she's getting married :( :)..but has promised to be my mistress ;) ;)..Nithya, are you there?? ;) ;)

    Wishing her a happy happy life ahead!

  21. Superb Priya.. This really be a superb gift than anything for her marriage.

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  22. nice recipe and lovely clicks ...........

  23. Im literally drooling looking at this yummy dish!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  24. That was so sweet of you, Priya, and the other bloggers, to give this gift!
    A wonderful and prosperous marriage to Nithya!

  25. The dish looks very mouth-watering and I absolutely love the casserole! Some time ago, I bookmarked aloo koftas from my punjabi cookbook and this is such a lovely reminder for me to try to make it myself, at last!;)
    P.S. Thanks for visiting me and you are always welcome!

  26. congrats to Nithya..curry looks super delicious...

  27. Lovely post dear and the Koftas looks irresistible.And awesome presentation too.

  28. The pictures look awesome and what a wonderful idea.must try the koftas sometimes looks yummy and different have never tasted spinach koftas.

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  30. Amazing Idea of throwing a bridal shower to Nithya..
    Yummy curry & beautiful pics too...

  31. Wow! that's indeed a virtual treat! So happy for Nithya. It really is a great feeling to have so many friends to celebrate the great occasion. Really sweet of u all.

  32. Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.
    Wonderful recipe. Looks delicious, colourful and healthy.

  33. Nice virtual treat to our nithya....The Wonderful celebration going on in our blogger world...Luv the kofta in spinach gravy.

  34. That looks so perfect! I am always glad to find Indian recipes to give a try!
    Wonderful blog, found you through YBR :)

  35. These look really good! Thanks for sharing and for participating in the YBR.

  36. that's really sweet! I'm a fan of your cooking 7 photography!
    Kavi | Edible Entertainment
    Ongoing event: Healthy Lunch Challenge

  37. Looks so tasty! I am in love with this bridal shower arrangements. At some local New York venues we are also going to host a bridal shower in fairy style for one of our cousins. She loves fairy tales so we are thinking to use fairy theme for her bash. I wonder if you can give some ideas.