Sindhi Sai Bhaji - Bhuga Chawara / Spinach with Brown Rice

BM # 19   Day 3

Sai , means green..and Bhaji is sabzi or curry.Sai Bhaji is a popular Sindhi dish which is made at least weekly in  a Sindhi family.The taste of winter Sai Bhaji is absolutely wonderful.One wonders..how can a dish change its taste according to season?...well the greens are really fresh in winters , and that lends a special taste to this popular dish. Made with spinach and lots of vegetables and  lentil, it surely is a complete meal, where one gets all the nutrition.This bhaji is served with Bhuga Chawara…in other words rice with onions.Our children call these brown rice. The traditional combo is Sindhi Aaloo , but this time I made Aaloo Mattar .
Now to the recipe…

Bhuga Chawara
1tsp........... fried onion
1cup.......... rice
¼ tsp .........red chilly pwd
¼ tsp........ garam masala
Salt to taste
Heat oil. Add washed rice.
Fry for a few minutes and add the fried onion.
Add spices and boiling water.
Transfer to rice cooker.

These are the basic brown rice, but the same rice if guest are coming change…
1................bay leaf
1 ...............stick cinnamon
1-2............ big cardamom, slightly crushed
These three whole spices are added before frying the rice. In normal circumstances we do not add fried onion, we saute’ the onions  till golden and then add rice. Fried onion is used for quick cooking.


 Sai Bhaji
1cup............ mixed vegetables, roughly chopped in chunks
(carrot,bottle gourd, brinjal, potato, onion, cauliflower
1....................onion, roughly chopped
1....................spring onion, chopped (optional)
3 ...................tomatoes, roughly chopped
1cup........... spinach, washed and chopped
1tsp............ methi / kasoori methi
½ cup......... channa daal
¼ tsp.......... red chilly pwd
¼ tsp.......... turmeric pwd
½ tsp ..........coriander pwd
1tsp ............ginger-garlic paste
Put everything in the pressure cooker.
Let it all shrink .
Add some water and close the pressure cooker.
Let cook for 2-3 whistles and then cook on slow fire for 10 mins.Open when the pressure is released.
Mash the bhaji with a pav bhaji masher or a ladle.

Tempering
 2tsp.......... chopped garlic
Pinch ........red chilly pwd
Heat oil add garlic, let it turn golden.
Add red chilly pwd and temper the Sai Bhaji.

Aaloo Mattar
2............. potatoes
¼ cup.... peas
¼ tsp..... red chilly pwd
¼ tsp..... turmeric pwd
1tsp....... coriander pwd
Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pressure cooker.
Add chopped potatoes,frozen thawed peas, all spices.
Give it all a good stir.
Add a little water and cook for 2  whistles.
Open when the pressure is  released.



How I prepared this meal....
The first thing is soaking the chana daal.
Then I cooked rice, it takes just about 5 minutes to wash rice and fry it, after transferring to the rice cooker, you are free to cook the rest of the meal.
Next I prepared the veggies, spinach and potatoes.This takes about 10 minutes.Everything has to be in chunks and roughly chopped.
Both Sai bhaji and Aloo Mattar go in pressure cookers at the same time on two separate burners.The Sai Bhaji will take about 10 minutes,and Aaloo Mattar will be done in just five minutes.
Now the tempering and the salad!!

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