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 ☺
The cover photo isn't great but don't judge the recipe by its cover (tee...hee). 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!