Srivalli's Blogging Marathon is here for this month's edition. Going forward, this marathon will be from 16th-22nd and 23rd-29th of every month. This month the themes announced were 
1. Combo meals 
2. Cooking from back of packets
3. Cooking from cookbook
4. Crunchy snacks for kids
5. Regional Special
6. Butterless Bakes for Diet
7. Microwave cooking

I have chosen to blog this week from a few cookbooks. I have recently borrowed a book called '660 curries' by Raghavan Iyer from the library. I had read about the book in many blogs and was inspired to borrow this book and see if I could find anything which suits our palate and trust me, there are plenty. I shall post a couple of them from this book.

Day 1 - 
Coming to this curry , it is supposed to be native to Rajasthan, the desert state of India. Since  vegetables are not readily available year round in the desert, they resort to using preserves of various kinds. Here the usage of lentil wafers (Papads or Papadaums or Appadams) is highlighted. 

We personally felt the combo of palak and the papad was very good. Initially folks at home were skeptical and even laughed at the idea of cooking papads as opposed to frying them in oil. But one morsel of this curry mixed with rice into their mouths and they had to bite back their words. They loved the curry so much that they polished the bowl taking second and third servings much to my delight!! I am positive this curry will feature often in our menu.

Palak Papad Curry

Ingredients - 

Palak / Spinach leaves, finely chopped  6 oz (or 5 handfuls)
Papad / lentil wafers (uncooked) 5-6 (I used 3 inch papads)
Green Chillies 1-2 (or as needed)
Salt 1/2 tsp (Or as needed - Please note that the papads would have salt too)
Seasoning [Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Dhania (Coriander) Powder 1 tsp, Jeera (Cumin) Powder 1 tsp, Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp (or as needed), Curry leaves few torn]

Method Of Preparation - 

Heat oil in a medium size pan on medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds and let them pop. 

Temporarily remove from heat and add the rest of the seasoning and mix well.

After about 20-30 seconds, add in 1 1/2 cups of water and salt. 

Let the water come to a boil. Grab handful of chopped spinach and submerge in the boiling water. After the spinach wilts, add another handful of spinach and continue till all of the spinach is cooked.

Palak Papad Curry

Break the papad into bite sized pieces and add it to the boiling spinach. Lower the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered stirring occasionally.

Remove from fire after about 2 min and serve hot along with rice!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page to see the details of my fellow Marathoners doing BM#7

Preparation Time 20 min 
Serves 3-4 
Posted by Harini on Saturday, July 16, 2011


  1. Oh my, I had been thinking for so long to grab a copy of this book, but never got around it. Are you going to post all recipes from this book itself?? Wow, I'm excited! And tahnks for letting me know about your event, I will surely send. I too am hosting, Salad event, so you can participate in that too!!

  2. Suma Gandlur Says:
  3. I have borrowed several times this book from my local library and noted down some recipes that I found interesting. I don't remember noticing this one.
    Sounds so unique.
    BTW, r u blogging from the same book? I thought we should cook from different ones.

  4. Srivalli Says:
  5. Harini, I have read good reviews on this book. Good to see that your family enjoyed this recipe...

  6. Vardhini Says:
  7. Nice combo of papad and spinach. Healthy too.

    Event: Fast food not Fat food

  8. Mom Chef Says:
  9. this book seems quite popular :-) have seen the reference in some more blogs too !! spinach-papad combo looks interesting !

    New Event: Indian Mithai Mela ending 8th Aug
    Ongoing Event : Dish it out- Mushroom and Onions – all this July

  10. Aarthi Says:
  11. sounds very unusual...looking good

  12. Shobha Says:
  13. This combo is totally new and different.

  14. Lovely preparation consisting of palak and papad. Loved the look of it.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  15. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  16. This is a very new style of curry to me, looks very delicious.

  17. divya Says:
  18. looks yummy and healthy dish...

  19. Very unique recipe. I have never tried cooking papad..

  20. ANU Says:
  21. very nice recipe with greens...

  22. simple and nice, looks delicious too

  23. looks nice

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