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Still going strong

I haven’t updated my WW journey for 2 weeks now.But things are going strong. Week#4 was the week of New Years Eve. And since we were going to be in NYC that Saturday,I had to skip my weigh in.I tried to stay on track,it was tough.

I always envy people who get to live in big,busy cities. Well,I lived in a big city(Mumbai) myself for 22 yrs. But let me tell you one thing, with all those dine-out options,huge portions, add to that unappealing cramped up apartment kitchen where you will never cook alone,let eat alone, gaining weight is so easy. I guess walking around town kind of helps burn those calories. But if I was to live in NYC,with a car(see I dont do walking!) and have a gazillion eat-out options at my disposal,I would be gaining weight like there was no tomorrow. So its a good thing,I was in NYC for only 2 days. But DH helped pick some healthy options. Loved Hampton Chutney’s Curry Chicken with balsamic onions and Spinach Dosa . Delicious! And oh ya how can I not mention our favourite Gujrati Thali place in NJ,Jhupdi. This time they served an uncommon subzi called Turiya Patra. Yes its Turiya(Parwar/Rodge Gourd) cooked with Patra(Alu Wadi).Unusual yet mind-blowing combination. And its a Gujrati staple I hear.I hope to post this recipe soon.

Anyways,back to WW. Week 4 I skipped weigh in. Coming back home,I knew I had to work all those NYC calories out.Surprisingly enough, at Week 5 weight in,I was even. No loss, no gain since Week 3. When the WW coordinator applauded,I told her, she didn’t know how much hard-work it took me to stay even.:) Losing – is a whole another game.:(

Moving along to this weeks recipe.The blogosphere is exploding with new events. One such is My Legume Love Affair by Srivalli’s Cooking 4 All Seasons and Susan’s The Well Seasoned Cook. I love legumes,  I *had to* post an entry to this one. So this weekend I sprouted up some matki. DH wanted me to stick to Matki Usal-Sukhi(Dry) or Patal(Wet). I chose to try this unusual recipe from Tarla Dalal instead. And though it sounds unusual, its a healthy tasty combination to serve.

Matki Palak Curry


1 ½ cup sprouted matki (moath beans)
3 cups chopped spinach (palak)
1 tomato, finely chopped
½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
4 cloves garlic, crushed
10 to 12 curry leaves, torn into pieces
3 tsp oil
salt to taste
Ground to paste
½ teaspoon coriander (dhania) seeds
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
2 clove garlic
3 whole dry red chillies, broken
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
2 tbsp grated coconut
¼ cup water

  1. In a pressure pan, mix the spinach, matki and tomato with about 1 cup water and pressure cook for 2 whistles
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the paste.
  3. When the pressure cooker cools down,set it on low heat and add the paste , jaggery, salt  and let the mixture boil for 5-6. minutes.Turn of the heat.
  4. In a small pan/kadhai, heat  the oil. Add the mustard seeds and when they splatter, add the garlic and let it brown a little. Lastly add the curry leaves.
  5. Get the above mixture off the heat and drop/pour it into the curry in the pressure cooker while its still hot and sizzling. Immediately cover the cooker with a lid to lock in the aroma.Stir when ready to server
  6. Serve with chapatis or yogurt-rice.

Servings: 6 (1/2 cup servings)
Points: 1 per serving


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