Sunday, March 16, 2014

Shaam Savera (Spinach Kofta in Tomato Gravy)

A lot happened since my last post. I was blessed with a baby boy and time just with my little bundle of joy. I got so busy tat I had no time to cook and try new recipes or I never wanted to leave my baby alone. But now he is 4 months old so i am back with one of my most favorite recipes.
This is the dish which I always order whenever I go for dinner at Yellow Chili- Sanjeev Kapoor's Restaurants. Sham Savera is their signature dish. Made up of Spinach and rich tomato gravy this dish is surely the master of all the kofta recipes.

This recipe is adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor's website with little variations here and there.
Shaam Savera

For Koftas:
500gms Spinach Leaves
2tsp Gram Flour (Besan)
Salt to taste
2tbsp Oil
1tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Green Chilly (finely chopped)

For the filling of Kofta:
100gms Fresh Homemade Paneer
Green Cardamom Powder
Salt to taste

For the tomato Gravy:
5 Ripe Tomato (made into puree)
1tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
3tbsp Cashew Nut Paste
Salt to taste
2tbsp Butter
1 Green Chilly

For the Koftas:

  • In a bowl add in the grated paneer. 
  • Add in green cardamom powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Remove the stems of the spinach leaves.
  • Boil them in 4 cups of water.
  • When cooled finely chop them
  • Take a pan, add in 2tbsp of oil, add in cumin seeds + Ginger garlic paste + Chopped Spinach + 2tbsp of besan. Mix them well.
  • Cook till all the water evaporates.
  •  Add in salt + turmeric powder.
  • Remove from stove Allow it to cool down
  • Divide the spinach and paneer mixture into equal balls.
  • Now take each spinach portion, press it on your palm, place a ball pf paneer in it.
  • Gather it together, make into a ball.
  • Do the same with the remaining spinach and paneer mixture.
  • Roll the balls in cornstarch if required.
  • Heat a kadhai for frying these balls.
  • Fry till golden brown.
  • Drain on absorbent paper.
For the gravy:
  • Heat 2tbsp oil, add in ginger garlic paste.
  • Now add in tomato puree.
  • let it cook till the oil separates.
  • Add in salt + red chilly powder.
  • Allow it to cook.
  • add in cashew paste. mix well.
  • Add in butter. Mix it well.
  • Allow it to cook for 2 minutes.
  • Half the koftas. Place on the gravy
  • Serve