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Non-fried, healthy appetizers: Spinach Puff

December 23, 2008
Here's a healthy recipe for appetizers from celebrated Indian chef Shakuntala Saraf's new cookbook Simply Starters. Today's special: Spinach Puff.

Spinach Puff

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 10-12

For filling:

  • 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 2 tsp green chilli, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp roasted coriander seeds, semi-ground
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pine nuts
  • salt


    Heat the oil. Sauté onions, green chillies, garlic and ginger for a few seconds. Cook the spinach until it is dry. Add salt, sugar, sesame seeds and pine nuts.

    For the dough:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp oil


    Mix all the ingredients. Knead them into a dough by adding as much milk as is required. Allow the dough to rise by keeping it aside for 3-4 hours. Take a small portion of the dough and roll it out into a perfect circle, like a roti. Put 1 tsp of spinach filling in the centre. Fold the roti as shown in the picture. Bake the folded roti in the oven until it turns golden-brown.

    Chilli sauce:

  • 4-6 Kashmiri chillies (soaked in 1/2 cup water)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt


    With the exception of parsley, grind all the ingredients in the liquidiser. Now add parsley to the sauce.


    Serve with chilli sauce.

    Photograph: Simply Starters

    Excerpted from Simply Starters by Shakuntala Saraf, with permission from the author. The book is available at Crosswords outlets across the country and you can also call in to order it at +91 (0)22 4098 2222 or +91 (0)22 4098 2202; it is priced at Rs 400 per copy.

    Also see: A meal in a bowl: Soup recipes
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