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Sai Bhaji Bhuga Chawar

Sai Bhaji, Bhuga Chawar

I would not believe that if you are a Sindhi and have not been asked about Sai bhaji. Daal Pakwaan and Sai Bhaji is what the world things Sindhis are made up of and it is partially true. Spinach / Palaak is a rich source of nutrients and I come from a generation who grew up seeing Popeye cartoons. Popeye, the sailor, got all his strength from Spinach and I believe that is the reason for a fit me too.

Sai Bhaji is generally accompanied with Bhuga Chawar or rice cooked with caramelized onions. If you go to a typical Irani / Muslim restaurant, they generally have a dish on the menu called the Biryani Rice. BhugaChawar is similar or better.

I have always maintained that the best of the food is made with the modest of the local ingredients and simplest of the processes. This is another example of the same…

And then remember… If some Sai Bhaji is leftover for next day, you can always make Palak Tikki !!

Sai Bhaji & Bhuga Chawar

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By Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

For Sai Bhaji

  • 1 large bunch of Spinach Leaves
  • 1 onion
  • ¼ cup Chana daal
  • 1 medium sized egg plant / brinjal
  • Few large pieces of Bottle gourd / lauki
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1-inch ginger
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt as per taste

Dry Masalas

  • A pinch of asafoetida / hing
  • 1 tsp Jeera

For Rice

  • 2 cups rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1.5 sliced onions
  • 1 .5 tbsp ghee

Dry Masalas

  • 1 TejPatta
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 2-3 Black Pepper corns
  • Salt per taste

Instructions

For the Sai Bhaji

1

Wash and then Cut the Spinach leaves, green chillies

2

Dice the onion, egg plant and Bottle gourd

3

Setup the cooker on the gas

4

Add all the ingredients in the cooker including the water

5

Seal the cooker and let the mixture cook for 3-4 whistles

6

Let the cooker rest

7

Open the cooker, Mash the vegetables and add some hing. Sai Bhaji is ready

For the Bhuga Chawar

8

Wash and Soak the rice for 30 mins

9

Setup a cooker on the gas

10

Start the heat and add the ghee

11

Add the tejpatta, Cloves, black pepper and sautee for a min

12

Add the sliced onion

13

Sautee the onions till dark brown or completely caramelised

14

Add the rice

15

Add the water

16

Seal the cooker and let it cook till 3-4 whistles depending on how much you like your rice to be cooked.

Notes

This combination is "Rab Ne Banayi Jodi" in food. If you want, you could add a mango pickle or a boondi raita to go with it.

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