Shub (The Hungry Palette)
Recipes By Shub (The Hungry Palette)
Fortified with the goodness of spinach and cream! This is a quick one, and one that my toddler thankfully loves. Fun fact: did you know that for decades, spinach enjoyed a rather exalted status thanks to a transcribing mistake by a German chemist named Erich von Wolf? He mistakenly noted spinach as having 35mg of iron per 100 gram serving, instead of 3.5 milligrams. It was seventy years until it was corrected!
Pongal is both the name of dish and a festival in South India (usually falls on 14 January) celebrating the first harvest of the year. A sweet version of this, made using rice, lentils, jaggery and milk is made during the festival. I've featured the savoury version here which is commonly eaten for breakfast. I love topping it off with extra pepper and freshly grated ginger for that extra bit of warmth on a cold day, and for me, it is comfort food that reminds me of my mother's cooking. This combination of rice and lentils has other Indian cousins - Bisibelebath (with added vegetables) and Khichdi - also very popular comfort food.