Saag (Pureed Mixed Greens)

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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12 ounces spinach -- fresh or frozen
8 ounces mustard greens -- fresh or frozen
10 ounces broccoli -- fresh or frozen
10 ounces kale -- fresh or frozen
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons ginger -- chopped
1 1/3 tablespoons garlic chopped
1 tablespoon jalapeno -- chopped
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 cup onion -- chopped
4 tablespoons oil
1 cup onion -- sliced
1 tablespoon garlic -- minced
6 medium dried red chilies
1/2 tablespoon cumin seed

Preparation / Directions:

Wash the greens thoroughly and chop them coarsely. If using frozen greens, defrost and chop. In a large pot with a heavy bottom, warm the water and put all the greens, ginger, garlic, green chilies, turmeric, and choopped onions. Bring to a boil, covered, over moderate heat. Then stir well, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, another 50 minutes. Check regularly and add more water as necessary to prevent burning. The amount of weater will depend on your combination of greens and whether they are fresh or frozen. Remove the pot from the heat and blend the greens ( in batches if necessary) in a processor along with enough liquid from the pot to make a puree. Return all the pureed greens to the pot and simmer until the excess moisture evaporates and the puree becomes thick. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the oil or sauteing liquid. Saute the sliced onions until a reddish brown. Add them to the greens. In the same skillet, saute the minced garlic until it becomes a golden brown. Add the red chilies and cumin seeds and saute another 1 to 2 minutes. Do not let the cumin seed burn. Pour the contents of the skillet into the pot with the greens. Stir and serve hot.

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