Fall Fest: Using Fresh Spinach in Indian Recipes

Our season-long garden party Fall Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Fresh this week: spinach.


Fresh spinach is incredibly nutritious. It’s full of fiber, Vitamin A, calcium and protein. Uncooked in a salad or wilted into a side dish, spinach is delicious any way you cook it. We particularly love it in Indian dishes. Instead of opting for takeout, try one of these tasty Indian recipes that you can make at home.

1. Indian Pizza (pictured above)

Puree spinach and spices as the basis for this twist on traditional pizza. It’ll serve as a tasty alternative to tomato sauce. Sprinkle the pureed spinach topping with cilantro, green onions and tomatoes before covering with mozzarella cheese.

2. Sag and Paneer

Go for all of your greens in one dish with this main course featuring broccoli, rapini and spinach. They are steamed with Indian spices before being combined with cubed paneer, an Indian cheese.

3. Spinach and Onion Pakoras

Make a batter of chickpea flour, spinach, yogurt, cumin, coriander, fenugreek and onions and fry until deep golden brown. Serve as an appetizer alongside pear and mint chutney.

4. Spinach and Paneer Turnovers with Mango Basil Chutney

Bake spinach and cheese in a homemade dough until nice and toasty. Serve the them with the mango and basil chutney.

More Spinach Recipes From Family & Friends

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Skinny Hot Spinach Dip
Feed Me Phoebe: October Evening Lentil Soup With Spinach
And Love It Too: Grain-Free Spinach Pie
Cooking With Elise: Baby Spinach Salad With Cranberries, Spiced Pecans and a Maple Vinaigrette
Virtually Homemade: Three Onion Dip With Spinach
HGTV Gardens: Garden-to-Table: Spinach
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Whole-Wheat Pasta With Spicy Spinach and Peanut Butter Pesto
Thursday Night Dinner: Spinach Ice Cream
Daily*Dishin: Spinach-Sausage Saute With Pan-Fried Gnocchi
Delicious Lean: Spinach Leaf Roll Ups
Bacon and Souffle: Baby Spinach Pizza With Sopressata and Sriracha
FN Dish: Stuff It With Spinach