My mum passed me a neatly handwritten recipe for this Spinach Masala Pongal a long time ago. It was so long ago that I didn't even remember that it existed! I was rummaging through my cookbooks one day, and came across the recipe. I thought why not give it a go and tested it out that very night. Out of habit, I changed the recipe to suit my own preferences. The original recipe called for sliced eggplants and garam masala but I skipped both ingredients and decided to incorporate some coconut milk for added flavour. I wasn't expecting to get any kind of reaction from my husband for this dish so I was shocked when he came back for seconds and even asked me to make it again! Since then, this Spinach Masala Pongal has featured as a staple on our weekday dinner menu. I even pack it in our lunchboxes to take to work. He likes it with garlic pickle but I prefer it as it is. During the first trimester of my pregnancy when I had a lot of food aversions and was retching on a regular basis, this was the one rice dish that I could wolf down without any problems and so I made it a ridiculous number of times then. I made it for my in-laws last month in Singapore and then made it again for my parents and cousin at home in Mysore a few days ago and it got a big thumbs up ☺
I didn't bring my Canon DSLR camera to India since I had the girls with me and their luggage far outweighed mine! I had to reluctantly settle for my Sony cybershot camera so that it the reason for the not so appealing photographs in this post. Unfortunately, I'll have to make do with the same for any recipe post that I do in the coming few weeks. But please don't go by the photos okay? This is a really yummy one-pot meal so I hope you make it for your family and friends. Who knows, it might make a regular appearance on your lunch/dinner menu too!