Cooking greens is tricky to say the least, and there are so many kinds and types. Cooking them in MEC’s pure clay pots ensures there are no toxins leaching into them and their nutritional value stays intact. Before you start cooking, it is important to read about the best way to wash them:
Greens are best washed by soaking in water in the sink or in a large bowl for at least 20 to 30 mins so any sedimental sand or mud would settle at the bottom of the bowl/sink! Just rinsing under water, even for a long time is not as useful and is a waste of water.
In this article, we will discuss a popular green, the simplest and most widely used kind:
Cooking plain spinach in MEC pot is a quick and easy process!
Ingredients: Spinach (4 cups), 1 large chopped onion, 2 medium size tomatoes, 2 finely chopped green chilies, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste (grind or mash ½ inch ginger and 3 cloves of garlic to make a paste), ¼ tsp garam masala powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp pepper powder, salt (as needed); To temper: 2 tsp oil, 1 inch cinnamon piece, 1 cardamom, 1 clove.
- Soak and wash the leaves. Chop to the desired size and if stem is thick and hard in the end, cut it off.
- Set your seasoned MEC pot (medium pot is a good size for this recipe) and set stove to medium heat. Add items from the ‘to temper’ list – oil, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, sauté for 2 minutes, then add the chopped onions.
- Add ginger garlic paste and stir in with the onions, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add chopped tomatoes, green chilies and coriander powder and spinach. Stir it in with the rest of the ingredients.
- Reduce flame/heat to medium low, partially cover and cook till all of it has come together to a savory dish. Turn stove off.
By slightly tweaking this simple clay pot recipe, spinach can be cooked with other veggies like broccoli, carrots, collard, kale and with egg, rice and lentils.
Mineh, an avid MEC cook says this about her greens in clay:
“The greens turned out perfectly cooked and the green color stayed👌.”
Carmelo has this to say about his experience of cooking greens with clay:
“It is a whole new style of cooking to adapt to, but it is such a joy to master and the process is fun. You’ve never seen greens cook and still come out as green as they do in MEC clay pot!”
Health Benefits of Greens
Green leafy vegetables have plenty of vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting chemicals. They are rich in fiber, which helps in digestion and keeps you full and hence aiding weight loss. Fiber also slows the absorption of carbohydrates hence controls blood sugar. Green leafy vegetables ensure strong teeth and bones, beautiful skin and hair.
I think that’s enough about cooking greens, we’re going to let you try it for yourself: go ahead and get your own MEC pot and enjoy your greens!