Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cheera parippu thoran/Spinach stir fry with dal

How many of you love all things organic? Do you believe that we should embrace nature more to lead a simple life? Do you love a return to Mother Nature?

The world is moving at a shockingly fast pace. People have started to realize the dangers associated with it. How much ever maddening life you are leading, the utmost urge to be one with nature exists in every human being. We all crave for simplicity, back to nature days, and to hum along with nature like a child. 

Now more than ever the need to conserve our planet has risen. Have you done your bit? If not yet, a wake up call for you to conserve and preserve some for our future generations to come. Start at home. Educate your child when they are young. Old habits die hard. So it will stick with them for years. Encourage them to use little water to bathe. Let no more plastics and planting a home garden be on your top agenda.

Your kids will thank you for inculcating these habits in later years. Start feeding your soil with good things.

I know a complete go back to nature will be difficult for most of us, but we can do our bit to make world a better place.

I was browsing through channels the other day, when I came to know about Daya Bhai aka Mercy Mathew.  She hails from a wealthy family in Kerala. She lives like a tribal to be one among them and is a classic example of adaptation. If you believe you have adapted well to your environment, helllooo take a break, read the links toward the end of the post. You will be completely moved by her acts of kindness towards nature and its inhabitants. Please watch the youtube video (Malayalam) and an article about her (English).  I am sure it will inspire you to do more for our own earth.

Should I believe you have decided to SAY YES to Earth Hours?

BTW, don’t forget to feed your kids Popeye style with my spinach thoran.

Spinach - 1 small bunch, chopped finely
Toor dal - 1/4 cup
Green chillies - 2 nos
Pearl onions - 6 nos
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Garlic - 2 cloves
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Cook toor dal along with water till half done. Water should not remain. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds. Saute pearl onions, green chillies, and garlic. Add turmeric powder and chilli powder to this. Now add chopped spinach and salt to this. Cover the lid and cook in low flame. When spinach is half cooked, add toor dal and grated coconut to this. Cover the lid and cook again, stirring occasionally. When spinach is cooked well, switch off the stove and transfer to a serving bowl.

Serve spinach thoran with rice, rasam, and fish fry.



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