How to make Stir Fried Spinach, Indian Style.

A quick dish for a light, working lunch.


  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of turmeric (optional)
  • Handful curry leaves
  • 4 shallots sliced (or 2 small onions)
  • 2 dried chillies,
  • 2 fresh green chillies, sliced
  • Shredded ginger,garlic (or garlic ginger paste)
  • 600 gms Spinach, shredded (if frozen spinach, defrost, squeeze out excess water, chop roughly)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (optional)
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut dry roasted in a pan


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a wok-type pan
  2. Toss in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and red chilies.
  3. Stir and fry for about 15 seconds.
  4. Add the sliced shallots, ginger and garlic, turmeric and fresh chilies
  5. Soften over a gentle heat for about 5-7 minutes
  6. Season
  7. Add chopped spinach leaves into the pan
  8. Fry for about 5 minutes (6m for frozen spinach) until spinach leaves have wilted.
  9. Add roasted coconut + lime juice (optional)

I serve this with dal and rice.