Sunday, June 24, 2012

Floating Spinach

Salam all,

Sunday is a day when I would like to try out new recipe or new ideas for cooking. I am trying this one today. I watched the program called "5 Rencah 5 Rasa" on Astro yesterday and was trying hard to memorize the recipe to try it out. And here it is, today, I tried it. It's crunchy and very filling. You can just eat it just like that or dip into any sauce of your like.

The name given by the chef was something else but I changed it to "Floating Spinach" as it floats when you fry it. Besides spinach, you can fry any other vege using the same batter. I tried with mushroom and it was yummy too.

Getting the kids to eat vege is not an easy task. By doing this, they enjoyed it. This is not my first time doing this vege coated recipe, however, my earlier trials was just using the simply bought of the shelfs tempura flour. This time, with the homemade batter, I guarantee you the taste that will make you want more.


A quick search on the internet found me with this interesting facts about eating ( http://www.livestrong.com/article/2700-facts-health-benefits-spinach/)

1. Spinach Is One of the Most Nutritious Foods Available

Low in calories and high in vitamins, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. One cup of the leafy green vegetable contains far more than your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement. It is a good, very good or excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein. And yet, 1 cup has only 40 calories! Spinach is an excellent choice for nutrition without high calories.



2. Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants Abound in Fresh Spinach

Spinach contains more than a dozen individual flavonoid compounds, which work together as cancer-fighting antioxidants. These elements neutralize free radicals in the body and thus help to prevent cancer. In fact, one study of New England women showed less breast cancer cases among those who ate spinach on a regular basis.


3. Fresh Green Spinach Improves Cardiovascular Health

According to research compiled by Whole Foods, spinach is an excellent promoter of cardiovascular health. The antioxidant properties of spinach (water-soluble in the form of vitamin C and fat-soluble beta-carotene) work together to promote good cardiovascular health by preventing the harmful oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol is a danger to the heart and arteries. Magnesium in spinach works toward healthy blood pressure levels.



Now, to preparing the batter:

As I memorized it from yesterday's show:

2 cups of rice flour
3 cups of multipurpose flour
black pepper (to your liking - more if you like it hot)
salt to taste
enough water to form a batter
1 tablespoon of ENO (original)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl except the ENO. Place it to cool in the refrigerator.
Separate the leaves from the stem. Wash and dry all the spinach leaves.
Just before frying, add the ENO and mix well.
Deep fry the leaves till golden brown.

Happy cooking.

Adios, wassalam.

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