This chapati side dish screams all things healthy at me. Because you guessed it right, it has that healthy color. GREEN. It also has some crunchy veggies in it like beans, carrot, peas and stuff like that. The blend of nutritious veggies along with intense green, creamy palak puree is what makes this vegetable palak gravy. Veggies absorbing all the flavors and color from palak puree taste way better at this time of the year. When I said “this time of the year”, I am pointing towards season obviously. Those of you who reside in my loving land INDIA, must have already inhaled the heady aroma of earth after the first monsoon. Because monsoon rains have happened for REAL in India soothing the mother earth which was longing the same.
First monsoon rain is always very fascinating to everyone. It’s a kind of sigh feeling after the sunny days and sweats. The warmer and sweaty breeze of summer turn out to be cooler and refreshing in the season. Which is why I get kind of excited and happy about first rain. But alas…I am still in SUMMER weather which is kind blazing and burning here in UAE. Cooking an awesome food is getting harder day by day in this part of world. And I come out for the Air Conditioner after every minute in kitchen. It’s terrible to be luxurious in food department, meaning the lunch and dinner are becoming compact and less complex.
And this vegetable palak gravy is no complex. It’s simple, quick, easy and straight forward. Like this dal palak. The trademark of this recipe is intense, rich and creamy palak puree. The credit for creaminess goes to cashews plus onion. The sauteed onion along with cashews make it all happen. And the crunchy veggies cooked up in green puree infuse the awesome taste and flavors.