Bhajji char is a typical Sourashtra dish. It has many health benefits in it. Generally bhajii char is prepared using manathakkali/melaguthakkali keerai along with arai keerai/agathi keerai/siru keerrai. This is because os the bitterness of the manathakkali keerai. I have prepared with manathakkali keerai alone also.
Each spinach it’s own benefits. Manathakkali keerai is good for stomach and mouth ulcer. It cools our body too. This recipe has 0% oil. So it is a perfect dish for those who are in diet.
My husband wants it to prepare once in a week. It goes well with rice. The best side dish for bhajii char is ladies finger gravy.
- Spinach – 2 bunches of Manathakkali/Melaguthakkali Keerai + 1 bunch of any spinach of your choice(arai keerai/agathi keerai/siru keerrai)
- Shallots – (8-10)
- Coconut – (4-5) pieces
- Pepper – 1⁄2 tsp
- Cumin seed – 1 tsp
- Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
- Rice rinsed water – 1⁄4 cup
- Milk – (1⁄2 – 1) cup
- Salt – 1/2 tbsp
- Water – 2 cups
- Wash the spinach well to remove the dirt in it. Chop the onions and pressure cook it along with spinach, salt and water for 1 whistle in high flame and 2-3 whistles in low flame. Allow the pressure to escape by itself.
- Meanwhile,in a mixer grinder add the coconut pieces, cumin seeds, peppercorns and poppy seeds.
- Grind it into a smooth paste by adding a little water.
- Add the coconut paste to the spinach mixture.
- Now add rice rinsed water to it.
- Finally, add milk to it. Mix it well.
- Allow it to boil and turn off immediately. Healthy bajji char is ready.
- Serve hot with steamed rice.
- Rice rinsed water is nothing but the water floating in the soaking rice.
- Clean the rice lightly to remove dirt. Then add some water and allow the rice to soak. The starch in the rice mixes with water. This water should be used.
- This water thickens the bhajji char.
- If rice rinsed water is not available, 1 tsp of rice flour can be used instead of rice rinsed water.
- If the broth tastes bitter add more milk or coconut paste.