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Monday, March 5, 2012

Baked Spinach Cigars





Don't be surprised by the name friends, let me clarify that I am not into smoking cigars ! I was determined to make something very healthy for my family last weekend and this idea clicked. Instead of tobacco, the spinach is the filling inside the dough and another difference is that instead of lighting this cigar you need to chew this slowly and savor the taste. ;-)




 Also being a baked preparation ensures it nutritional values to be intact and the crispiness remains. Hope you try out this recipe and post your pics with a cigar in your mouth. You would look like a powerful Boss used to giving orders to the henchmen :)!


Ingredients:
For The Outer Dough-
2 cups All purpose flour
2 bunches of Spinach (Palak)
Salt to taste


For The Stuffing-
1 cup Mushrooms, finely shopped
1 Onion, finely shopped
1/4 cup Corn Kernels
2 Green chillies
2 Garlic pods, chopped
1/4 cup Amul Cheese, grated
2 tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tbsp Oil


Method:
To make the dough, first separate the palak leaves from the stem. Clean and wash palak leaves thoroughly and make sure that there is no dirt. Then blanch leaves in boiling water for 4-5 minutes, then dip them in ice water or cold water for sometime. This will ensure the green color is maintained. Now squeeze out the excess water and blend in a mixer to make puree.
Take a big bowl, add flour, salt and make a well in the center to pour spinach puree. Mix and knead until the dough is moist enough to be gathered into a soft ball. Cover and keep this aside for 20-25 minutes.



In between prepare the filling by heating 2 tbsp oil in a pan, add garlic, onion and saute. When the onion turns pink, add mushroom, salt and pepper. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes or until the moisture is gone. 


Turn off the gas, sprinkle coriander leaves and cheese. Let this mixture cool down. Pre-heat Oven to 175 Degree Celsius.
Now roll out thin pooris and shape them in squares,collect the extra edges from the round puris to the dough.
                                                              
 Brush the edges of the square with a little water. Pour 2 tsp of mushroom filling, carefully roll to seal it properly. Now arrange the cigars in a single layer on a baking sheet and brush the cigars with little butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately with your choice of dip.





61 comments:

  1. wow....very healthy and yummy deepa...

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  2. Looks delicious Deepa. Nice clicks.

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  3. I want to smoke these cigars:-))...yummy !!

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  4. Here I do feel it's a munching snack and these cigars looks to me quite addictive Deepa..and better it's has nothing to do with smoking and is healthy..double points scored LOL..hugs and smiles

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  5. Delicious n healthy looking cigars,nice clicks.

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  6. Lol Deepa. but superb idea. love the clicks.

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  7. I do paneer cigars..loved ur baked version of spinach cigars..healthy n yummy

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  8. That's a healthy snack... Looks yummy too...

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  9. Hi Deepa, Those cigars are definitely ready to be grabbed and chewed. Wonderful!!


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  10. Superb idea, wonderful clicks

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  11. Very nice idea and healthy as well, the title is so catchy :) How u made that cute spiral, I never get such steady hands, esp when I am going to click pics :)

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  12. These look really good, I'm intrigued that you're using spinach in the dough, that's fantastic! What a lovely alternative to a samosa! Palak and paneer, always a great combination!

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  13. Very healthy and yummy recipe and nicely done too. Happy holi

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  15. sounds healthy and delicious deepa :)
    bookmarked.

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  16. Nice healthy idea dear.. Clicks look so inviting...

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  17. very innovative dish deepa.. and u made it even more healthy by baking it.

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  18. These cigars have made me speechless!
    What looks, what presentation and what a fab filling!! :)

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  19. yummy recipe..Perfectly made

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  20. wow..this looks so yummy...fantastic idea and awesome clicks!!
    Spicy-Aroma

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  21. wow very innovative healthy n nice cigars..

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  22. Super duper recipe with spinach, it truely resembles the cigar. Not that i know how it resembles just a gesture :) Healthy cigars for sure, wish everybody turns down the other cigar and prefer this instead :)

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  23. I wouldn't mind having a few of those Cigars, So healthy and delicious :-)

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  24. What a super cool idea...:-)

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  25. ahh what a tempting spinach varity.looks hot.......

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  26. Healthy and yummy baked rolls.Happy Holi.

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  27. yummy and healthy recipe. love it

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  28. would love to have these cigars :)..so healthy n yummy ones :)

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  29. They are so cute healthy cigars dear:) Looks yummy!

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  30. Superb recipe, cute and delicious..must try this..yum

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  31. This is a super tasty & healthy dish.. will try this..lovely one :)

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  32. A very healthy way to use cigars :))

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  33. This is something new to me. It looks lovely and sounds healthy.

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  34. Very healthy and mildly spiced cigars!!nice way to feed healthy veggies to kids..very innovative recipe..

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  35. Lovely recipe, looks delicious..!

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  36. That's one healthy, nutritious and delicious recipe...looks fab. Bookmarking it.

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  37. I am bookmarking this...Loved it and it looks so yummy!!

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  38. healthy and tasty recipe...

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  39. This is one cigar I would love to try.Very innovative and kid friendly dish.

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  40. Looks yummy and definitely a healthy way to use cigars!

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  41. love this healthy version! they almost look like spring rolls!

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  42. healthy cigars....perfectly done...stuffing looks yummy!!!

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  43. Omg this looks so yum,,,happy festival,,.

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  44. how cute, love the name.. this will make for such perfect party starters, so colourful & original

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  45. oh wow, that is such a great appetiser idea

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  46. Wow love it will surely make it but I have a strong suspicion I will be the henchman.

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