Saturday, June 02, 2007

Kanda Bachali

Italian spinach


Kanda/ Ratalu - Frozen 350 g packet (wash these in warm water)
Tamarind - Lemon size
Water - 1 & 1/2 rice cup

Keep these in cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Remove the tamarind in a bowl add the cooked water around 1/2 cup. and squeeze the pulp. Drain the water from the kanda by using strainer and keep aside or use directly.

Bachali/ Italian spinach - 1 bunch (wash and chop roughly)
Salt to taste
Coriander Leaves - small handful


Oil - 3 tbsp
Chana dal - 2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 4 no. (broken into bits)
Green chillies - 4 no.(chopped finely)
Curry leaves - 3 sprigs
Hing - 2 pinch
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp


Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Powder this in pestle and keep aside.


1) Heat a deep non-stick pan, when it is hot add oil, wait for few mins and do seasoning in the above order.

2) Add Bachali leaves and fry for 2mins, add tamarind juice and cook for 10mins, by mixing now and then.

3) Add drained kanda to it, mix well, keep covered and simmer for 15mins.

4) Add Salt to taste and coriander leaves, cook on high for 2mins and switch off.

5) Add Mustard powder, mix well and serve.

Serve with Vadiyams or Poppadums, Plain Rice and Yoghurt.

Where to find?

Frozen Ratalu can be found in Indian groceries in freezer section.

© 2007 by Rajani Rayudu