Spiced Coconut Spinach

Spiced Coconut Spinach Recipe


A quick post for an easy but interesting side dish I just made. It's the type of thing I get excited about - simple, but not boring. All in one pan. I stumbled on this recipe for Coconut-laced Spiced Spinach as I was flipping through Anjum Anand's new book. Not much more than ten minutes later, we were sitting down to the table with it as part of our meal. You toast a few spices, add a pile of shredded spinach to the skillet, and finish things off with a burst of lemon juice and some shredded coconut. I went off-road with the recipe a bit and added chopped asparagus - because we have a lot of it right now. And because I love it. And because, why not?

Coconut Spiced Spinach Recipe

The cumin is really nice here. Don't skimp. I might even add a pinch more next time around. And if you like more heat, add more red pepper flakes to taste. Also - I know some of you are sick of hearing me say this - resist the urge to overcook the spinach. You want to cook it just long enough for it to collapse, cook through, and brighten up. And keep in mind it continues to cook after you pull it from the heat.

Coconut Spiced Spinach Recipe

I think I'm so excited about this in part because it is so versatile. While it makes a great side - I ended up having it on top of one of my "special" quesadillas. I can also imagine it on an open-faced veggie burger, in a taco, in a wrap, over brown rice or farro, etc. Or make a meal of it with some grilled tofu, paneer, or fried egg. Let me know if you end up making it, and what you do with it. Hope you like it as much as I do. And thank you Anjum for the inspiration - I'm really enjoying the Ayurvedic angle of this book.

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Spiced Coconut Spinach

As I mention up above, this spinach makes a great side. I can also imagine it on an open-faced veggie burger, in a taco, in a wrap, etc. Or make a meal of it with some grilled tofu, paneer, or fried egg. You can easily make this vegan by using oil instead of ghee/butter.

1 shallot
1 large clove of garlic
1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1 tablespoon ghee, clarified butter, or sunflower oil
1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup finely sliced asparagus - optional
7 oz / 200g spinach, well washed, and chopped
squeeze of lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut, lightly toasted

Place the shallot and garlic on a cutting board, sprinkle with the salt, and chop/mash everything into a paste.

Heat the oil in your largest skillet over medium heat. Add the seeds, cover with a lid, and let them toast a bit. Remove the lid, stir in the red pepper flakes and let cook for a minute. Stir in the asparagus if you're using it, let cook roughly another minute, then stir in the garlic-shallot paste and all of the spinach. Keep stirring until the spinach starts collapsing a bit, and brightens up - barely any time at all - perhaps a minute. Finish with a bit of fresh lemon juice and the coconut.

Serves 2-3.

Inspired and adapted from the Coconut-laced Spiced Spinach recipe in Anjum Anand's Eat Right for your Body Type: The Super-Healthy Detox Diet Inspired by Ayurveda.

Prep time: 5 min - Cook time: 5 min

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I would never think to put those flavors together but it sounds delicious! Your cooking philosophy sounds like mine: simple, but never boring!

May 9, 2011
 

It is so easy to get into an Italian rut with greens -- olive oil, garlic, a dash of hot pepper. It's a GRAND rut, but there are so many more options.

I've not taken my greens down the Indian road in some time, and have never included coconut in the mix. I can't wait.

May 9, 2011
 

Lately, I've been experimenting with creamed vegetable quiches, and I think this would be an excellent addition to a creamed sweet potato and cabbage quiche! But, I really love it as a side dish - so simple and healthy. Thank you for sharing!

May 9, 2011
 

i can DEFINITELY handle the heat and would love the extra cumin and pepper. what a heavenly side dish!

May 9, 2011
 

Really? You say these flavors worked well together? I'll have to believe you since the other recipes on your site have all been fav's of ours. I love spinach and I have some shaved coconut I'll try to make work. Coconut oil would work well, yes?

May 9, 2011
 

hi heidi,

is anjum's new cookbook a vegetarian one? i thought it might be since it's based on ayurveda, but went to the amazon page and couldn't tell from the description. if it's not, could you tell me how many of the recipes are meat based? thanks! janki

HS: Hi Janki - Anjum's book isn't vegetarian. That said, it is HUGE. And there are endless vegetarian recipes in it. I was just tagging recipes to try from it again this afternoon, and kept thinking to myself I'll never be able to get through them all!

May 9, 2011
 

This sounds so great. I'm not a super huge fan of cooked spinach but may that is because every time I've had it the cook, over cooks it. Wen I make this, I promise I won't over cook the spinach.

May 9, 2011
 

I like making spinach as a side dish because it's so unbelievably quick to cook. This coconut version sounds like a must-try and a winner.

May 9, 2011
 

I like the combination of spinach and coconut :)

May 9, 2011
 

When do you add the garlic/shallot mash?

May 9, 2011
 

Not only do I love toasted coconut but I like all of the items that you paired this spinach dish with. We've been eating quite a few spinach salads for lunch and this would be a nice way to change things up a bit. Thank you 101.

May 9, 2011
 

Linda M

I love your recipes. I thought of you this weekend when I dined at the Palm Springs restaurant, John Henry. I had am amazing salad- warm grilled eggplant(sliced very thin like carpaccio) topped with diced tomatoes and chopped garlic and a chiffonade of basil drizzled with an oil and vinegar dressing. It was so simple but soooo tasty. You have to try it!

May 9, 2011
 

Way to kick spinach up in an absolutely amazing way! This looks SO good!

May 9, 2011
 

This is so my kind of recipe. I love spinach so much. I've never thought to combine it with coconut!

May 9, 2011
 

This sounds really good, but I'm confused about the amount of shallots to use. Three shallots total?

May 9, 2011
 

Shannon

Unrelated to this delicious sounding spinach but Heidi, I really hope you will consider adding SNE to the Kindle store. I ran out and bought a hard copy the day it came out and with practically every recipe tagged as a "must try", I really really wish I had a copy to carry around on my iPad as I travel a lot and always try to stay where I have easy access to a kitchen. Please! It would make me (and my husband) so happy.

May 9, 2011
 

Hey Heidi!
This looks amazing!
I met you in Portland, and brought you a bottle of wine. Please check out my blog?? http://alittlepicnic.wordpress.com/ Take care!!! Thanks for inspiring me everyday!

HS: Thanks again Sarah - that was so very sweet of you. Looking forward to spending some time on your site!

May 9, 2011
 

Very interesting. I think I'll give this a shot. I'm glad the asparagus is optional though :-)

May 9, 2011
 

i love the flavors you used. veggies + coconut is always a winner for me. I make rice with coconut milk and add veggies like asparagus and green beans...need to try this...just skip the rice and go for the coconut and veggies. looks PERFECT!

May 9, 2011
 

Well this is not veggie... but I just made some salmon "burger" patties tonight (made with almond flour)- and this spinach topping might give them a really interesting twist. I'll check it out with leftovers tomorrow. I like the versatility here.

May 9, 2011
 

So good, so healthy! Yum!

May 9, 2011
 

Looks like a great side dish! I love the addition of coconut on top.

May 9, 2011
 

Su

Anjum anand's recipe is very close to kerala's thorans. For this one, just search for 'spinach thoran'. I love making thoran with red chard. Your prep looks great !

May 9, 2011
 

This sounds amazing! I love the title too. Great recipe.

May 9, 2011
 

ohh wow looks delicious, i love the idea of coconut & spice with the spinach! i just posted about my attempt at Nigel Slater's creamed spinach recipe, I'm really having a spinach moment! :)

katie x
{glass of fashion}

May 9, 2011
 

this sounds like spinach that has been properly kicked up the bum! yummy! as much as i truly adore asparagus ill be leaving it out for fear that the dish gets confusing. lovely photos as well.

May 10, 2011
 

First, thanks for the vegan option (sunflower oil)! Second, this looks like my kind of breakfast! I love a savory breakfast filled with greens!

May 10, 2011
 

I'm finally contributing to the food blog community after years (literally) of lurking. Thanks for being one of the pathfinders!
Spinach and coconut look so savory together. This could also be really good with potatoes as a baked samosa stuffing.
Another variation to try (very South Indian) is finely chopped green cabbage with coconut and turmeric. No one expects it to go together, so you have the fun of telling your friends there's coconut in an unexpected place.

HS: Love these ideas.

May 10, 2011
 

Why not use coconut oil in place of the ghee for more coconuty goodness?

HS: Great idea Jennifer!

May 10, 2011
 

I love the greens + coconut combination - recently made coconut milk-braised mustard greens with curry and it was delicious. Your version seems lighter for spring and so perfect for all the tender green leafies at the greenmarkets right now!

May 10, 2011
 

Great combination, I've never thought of that before. Sounds & looks delicious!

May 10, 2011
 

I love the photo of the hands. Beautiful action photo! I have not been brave enough to venture there ;)

May 10, 2011
 

KW

Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. This is reminiscent of a Sri Lankan dish which uses lacinato kale instead of the spinach. Add home-made coconut sambal for a little extra kick.

May 10, 2011
 

This looks fantastic!

We've been picking spinach and asparagus daily here and I'm running out of ideas. Thanks for this!

May 10, 2011
 

Yum. We used to make a similar dish at a restaurant I once worked at. But it was more south east asian inspired with ground roasted rice in it too. That book sounds amazing! It's going to be added to my out-of-control Amazon wish-list! :-)

May 10, 2011
 

Very nice. I like this.

May 10, 2011
 

This sounds great! I love to flash cook spinach and this will expand what I do with it, but I have a question about the shallots: Are there three shallots in this recipe? The way they are listed, but not mentioned as being used in two different ways has me wondering. Thanks!

May 10, 2011
 

Heidi thank you for sharing this simple meal. I just had a baby and appreciate tasty and quick meals. There is not much time for extensive food prep these days! I'm going to toss this spinach recipe with some quinoa!

May 10, 2011
 

This sounds perfectly gorgeous, and is just the thing to make the everyday something special. Know I'm gonna love it! - S

May 10, 2011
 

it is a mixed of spices for baking, (a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and other baking spices) it is NOT allspice. Allspice is pimento!

May 10, 2011
 

This is the change up my greens need. We are nearly sick of asparagus, but it is still everywhere, so this is a nice way for it to take a back seat a different treatment. Thanks.

May 10, 2011
 

That is an interesting spinach dish, I have a spinach dish I had planned to make and I think I will incorporate some of this dish, sort of a combination of the two. Thanks for the inspiration.

~Brenda

May 10, 2011
 

Janette Kidd

I've just received both your cookbooks from Amazon this week after following your blog for about a year. I LOVE them and am so excited about trying out the recipes. They are so well written, beautifully photographed and your enthusiasm and love of good, healthy food comes across loud and clear. My husband and I love having non-veggie friends round and serving them up interesting and tasty veggie food.. It's going to get even better now!
Thank you Heidi!

May 10, 2011
 

This sounds wonderful. I love spinach. I had a spinach salad for dinner last night and as a kid growing up I ate so much of it that everyone called me Popeye. Yum and with coconut too it sounds fantastic.

I'm looking forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing.

May 10, 2011
 

Oooh, I really like the sound of this dish. It seems like it would be really fragrant and just bursting with flavor!

May 10, 2011
 

Elisa

I added cooked soba noodle and tossed the all thing together. Delicious!

May 10, 2011
 

Love this flavour combination, Heidi. We're heading into winter here in Australia so there is an abundance of greens both in the markets & the veggie patch - we'll definitely give this one a go (although we might have to wait a few months before we try it with asparagus).

May 10, 2011
 

I love green recipes with plenty of spices, aromatics and heat alike. It feels good to eat like this. Thanks Heidi.

May 10, 2011
 

All kinds of vegetables lend themselves to this kind of preparation green beans, cabbage, carrots, broccoli.

May 10, 2011
 

I have this wonderful husband that cannot get enough spinach. Seriously it is all he wants to eat since the day I met him. I have never thought of adding a bit of coconut but this is a wonderful idea!

May 10, 2011
 

Looks lovely! I'm going to make it tonight with some cardamom brown buttery rice! Thanks.

May 10, 2011
 

venita

This is a very interesting twist to greens....I should try that tonight with the swiss chard I got from the farmers market. I have made spinach very often with this spice combination and potatoes or beans but without the coconut. The combination of spices you used also works great with crunchy shredded cabbage with a few curry leaves thrown in at the beginning and toasted peanuts and minced cilantro leaves tossed in at the end. You can also add peas/favas or cooked split lentils to this.

May 10, 2011
 

Well, that is exciting. Off to buy the spinach now.l

May 10, 2011
 

Thanks, Heidi. I've been needing to change up my spinach routine for a while now. I love creamed spinach, but it doesn't quite feel like the season for it anymore.

May 10, 2011
 

Rachel

Hey, we've got some shallots unaccounted for here...could you clarify? Looks amazing.

May 10, 2011
 

suman

yum! this is a very typical south indian style of preparing vegetables. try it with thinly sliced green beans, it is spectacular! it also works well with carrots, beets, cabbage, chayote squash, pumpkin....the list goes on and on! instead of chili flakes, i tend to break a dried arbol chili in half and add it to the ghee/cumin/mustard seed mixture (called TADKA), and then throw in the veg and then the coconut. it's great with rice, or chapati!

May 10, 2011
 

I have come to love fresh spinach...so flavorful and I bet this coconut pairs nicely....asparagus is another of my favorites so I am excited to create this dish. Thanks Heidi...

May 10, 2011
 

Delicious!. A great way of feeding!.
Kisses

May 10, 2011
 

This is like no spinach I've ever had... and it looks amazing! Can't wait to try it!

May 10, 2011
 

Mmmm, love the mustard and cumin seeds! And how versatile this is. Our local asparagus is going to be ready very soon and I've started some spinach in my garden. How awesome would that be to use a bunch of my local ingredients :D

May 10, 2011
 

This sounds like a lovely way to cook spinach! I've been a bit of a rut lately with my vege side dishes, so I'll definitely be giving this a try! I love the addition of cumin and coconut. How delightful!

May 10, 2011
 

Sounds delightful. I am always looking for new ways to cook greens, I am sure it be great with other greens like kale or chard too.

Thanks for sharing the recipe.

May 10, 2011
 

Since i am now addicted to your special quesedillas, this whole meal looks awesome! I love the coconut.

May 10, 2011
 

This is so unique, but it looks great! My husband loves cooked spinach, I'll have to try this twist on it.

May 10, 2011
 

I have such a hard time with spinach because people always cook it into a soggy ball. I like that you made it into a sort of chiffonade and then just kissed it with heat. I'll definitely try it this way next time.

May 10, 2011
 

Great idea! It might even work (cold or hot) with chickpeas or lentils as a main dish. How about sauteeing the garlic and spices and tossing with uncooked chopped spinach as a salad?

May 10, 2011
 

Oh my, this sounds good! I have everything to make it too, except for the spinach, so I'll use some kale instead, yum!

May 10, 2011
 

This sounds delightful. I love simple versatile dishes that whip up in minutes. That is perfection.

May 10, 2011
 

Hi Heidi--I'm curious, looking at the title of the book, and since you commented on the ayurvedic slant---is this recipe specified for any one ayurvedic body type? I'd be interested to know.

May 10, 2011
 

I am always looking for something new to do with spinach. This sounds like a winner with my husband; he loves spicy foods. Thanks

May 10, 2011
 

neela

typical south indian dish. this is how every day we make our sides for rice or chapathi.

May 10, 2011
 

I will happily eat spinach in any shape, form or size. Add coconut to the mix and I'm practically swooning! Also, the simplicity of the whole thing doesn't hurt either!

May 10, 2011
 

I love cooking up my spinach in some coconut oil but, as much as I love it, I NEVER thought of cumin, or shredded coconut!

Thanks for the great idea!

May 10, 2011
 

This flavor combination sounds wonderful, especially with throwing a fried egg into the mix!

May 10, 2011
 

Kathleen

Looks yummy. I don't have any spinach just now, but I'm thinking about trying it with the red chard and/or braising greens I have in the fridge...

May 10, 2011
 

Exactly what I was looking for. Thx for the, as always, clear and inspiring post :D

May 10, 2011
 

this would be great to use in an Indian tofu scramble recipe with spinach, but use this spinach recipe instead. and served with curry potatoes

May 10, 2011
 

awesome recipe - i am always looking for interesting things to do with spinach.

May 10, 2011
 

Oh my god. . eating this for lunch this minute. I fried an egg and topped it with that. I'm going to eat the whole batch in one sitting. So lovely Heidi. Thanks for sharing. Oh and I only had larger, flaked coconut that i broke up a bit in my hand and toasted. completely wonderful.

May 10, 2011
 

P.S. Yes, whole dish all eaten up by my lonesome! Fabulous! Btw i added the shallot and garlic with the red pepper flakes and sauteed all of that for about 3 minutes before adding the spinach.

May 10, 2011
 

Nicky

I totally agree with the request to put Super Natural Every Day on Kindle -- I am going to Paris next month and would love to put it to the test at some Paris markets!

May 10, 2011
 

Meg

I made this for lunch today...It was as promised...quick, easy and DELICIOUS! I only had ground mustard and cumin, but it was still delicious!!! I will make this often!

May 10, 2011
 

This sounds like a heavenly combination of flavours. I adore cumin seeds and to pair that with coconut and spinach must be so delicious! I can't wait to try this.

May 10, 2011
 

Gretchen

Totally inspired Heidi. I love to make a quick creamed spinach so today I threw in some toasted coconut and mashed garlic, spooned it over a pile of lemony quinoa and it was divine. Thank you~

May 10, 2011
 

Adriane

I was thinking about taking a stab at homemade paneer cheese this weekend and this sounds like the perfect accompaniment. And even if the cheese doesn't turn out, at least I know I'll have a delicious meal anyway :) Thanks for sharing!

May 10, 2011
 

Fabulous flavour combinations here, way to rock-star spinach up. I love the sound of it over farro too, yum!
Heidi xo

May 10, 2011
 

suncatcher

I really like the way you showed a way you would serve this as a lunch or supper. One less decision to make tonight :) Thx

May 10, 2011
 

wow! YES PLEASE! great recipe!

May 10, 2011
 

Wow this looks like such a delicious and tasty recipe. This is a very unique dish that I think a lot of my friends and familly would LOVE. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Nice blog. Keep it up.

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May 10, 2011
 

jan dash

No matter how low the heat, my mustard seed become crunchy but too bitter to eat. I've solved the problem by substituting mustard oil in the recipes calling for seeds and adding Nigella (black seeds) when required for color and crunch.
I'll be using it in this recipe as well.
You might like to try it too.

May 10, 2011
 

Kathleen Curran-Cheng

I am having friends to dinner - planning on making the the curry noodles (Big Slurp....) from Super Natural Cooking, and I think this might be a nice side. I'll let you know!

May 10, 2011
 

I would have never thought of putting spinach and coconut together but since they are two of my favorite things I'll have to try this one. Great photos as always :)

May 10, 2011
 

Simple, but not boring, recipes are my favorite. This looks so interesting!

May 10, 2011
 

Revathi

Instead of red chilli flakes, powdered black pepper 1]2 teaspoon can be added. while seasoning, pinch of asofoetida can be added.

May 10, 2011
 

This look delish! And from a British chick (Anjum) too! Bonus!

I have two of her books and love them both to bits!

May 11, 2011
 

Reva

I've followed your blog for a few months now and have been in awe of your ability to throw seemingly random flavours together to make something absolutely delicious. I tried this recipe last night as a side to the pappardelle with spiced butter and it was a happy dinner indeed. Thank you for inspiring us!

HS: Sounds like a great combo Reva!

May 11, 2011
 

What a lovely combination of ingredients! It looks like a great dinner party dish too. Can't wait to try it.

May 11, 2011
 

Jennifer

Another winning dish from you, Heidi! Thanks for rescuing the spinach in my frig from the same old recipe tonight.

May 11, 2011
 

I am a huge fan of Indian spinach dishes. There is an amazing restaurant in my hometown of Stellenbosch (South Africa) called Bhukara where they have this pureed spinach as a side dish. Never been able to copy it! But the flavours you used for your spinach sounds like it might get close, so I'll have to try it!

May 11, 2011
 

Rolanda Connors

I can't wait to try this recipe! Spinach is a part of our daily menu, somehow, someway, and the coconut addition sounds very exciting!

May 11, 2011
 

Robin Roncari

I made this last night, OMG! It was delicious! I could have eaten the whole thing. I served it with Qunioa and walked some up to my sister's house in the side yard. She told me this morning she ate the whole plate, and that was after she had already had her own supper. I did use asparagus too.
Thank you so much, I just love your blog! The most interesting food ideas, among other things.

May 11, 2011
 

I have to try this recipe! I liked the spinach.

May 11, 2011
 

I think would also be great with the spinach left raw,

May 11, 2011
 

Oh my that looks simply wonderful!

I love wilted spinach, typically I put bacon in mine..lol..

Maybe I'd better try this healthier version!

May 11, 2011
 

Lara

Love this! Sadly, my hubby does not at all like the texture of cooked spinach, but on the bright side, more for me! I loved this mix of flavors and I think I will try the same technique with some different veggies next time.

May 11, 2011
 

Naomi

This was incredible. I've never liked asparagus, but I've been trying to befriend it since it is an early spring treat (or so I've heard)... and in this dish, the spices allowed the bitterness of the asparagus to mellow in their wake!
I had to make some subs, didn't have all the seeds handy or shallots, so used some spring onions to saute (rather than paste) and coriander with cumin.
Will make this again and again!

May 11, 2011
 

Thanks, Heidi. This was delicious. I served it on top of quinoa and put cubed avocado on top. Yum. I just ordered your new cookbook. It should be here tomorrow and I'm excited!

May 11, 2011
 

i really enjoy the simplicity here. thanks for sharing!

May 11, 2011
 

Ruth Stephens

This is what I love about your recipes. Got into the kitchen with this recipe and substituted so many ingredients I made something entirely different - but just as delicious! Followed the process though, and the seasonings - almost! Thanks for the inspiration - at least it gets me experimenting! Cheers x

May 12, 2011
 

Adham

I made this for dinner last night. Used coconut oil instead of the butter or veg oil. Turned out delicious anyway! What an amazing, healthy recipe.
THanks!

May 12, 2011
 

Love this idea..This dish is so pretty!

May 12, 2011
 

Awesome recipe. I love Ayurvedic ideas!

May 12, 2011
 

Karen

Hi reminds me of a dish long ago I remember makng wraps of raw spinach leaves filled with coconut, crushed peanuts, finely chopped green onions, tiny dried shrimp, several others , all drizzled with honey yum do you know of this dish? Thanks, love your site.

May 12, 2011
 

How lovely. I adore coconut and know I would really enjoy this, so thanks!

May 12, 2011
 

Yum! All my favorites in one. Can't wait to try it. Thinking of taking it on a road trip. Will it keep well as left overs? Thanks.

HS: I think it's best served just cooked. That said, don't let me discourage you!

May 12, 2011
 

Just made this for dinner and it was incredible. I'm so happy.

May 12, 2011
 

Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe.

May 12, 2011
 

I just made this for my hubby and I to share. I was out of sunflower oil so I subed in grapeseed oil. And instead of mustard I used curry. Hubby just walked through the house saying that smells......gooooooood! I left out the asparagus but will probably add it next time along with the mustard seed but it was really tasty the way I made it. The coconut makes this wonderfully unique dish.

May 12, 2011
 

Jonathan

FYI- In Swahili cooking, its common to cook spinach in coconut milk, along with a base of some onions, tomatoes and some peppers. (other veggies are commonly added).

May 12, 2011
 

Caroline

Heidi,

New reader, but just wanted to say I love your site. I am constantly trying to find healthy but innovative recipes and I feel like I hit the jackpot with yours! I just moved very close to Berkeley Bowl and it's my goal to try every item in their gigantic produce section..with your recipes I just may do it :)

May 13, 2011
 

Hi! I didn`t have spinach, so I tried it with chard (http://cocinadenihacc.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/acelgas-al-coco-especiado/) and I liked very much. The coconut and spices touch is delicious. Thanks for the idea! I'll do it again!!

May 13, 2011
 

Olivia

This was delicious! I tweeked it a little with the spices and maybe undercooked the spinach a bit to not over cook it but it was so good! My boyfriend and I loved it and can't wait to make it again! Soooo fast to.

May 13, 2011
 

Love, love the combination of spinach and coconut! It looks mouthwatering.

May 13, 2011
 

Cat

I can't wait to try this! I'm making it tonight, adding the mushies from the fridge and serving alongside grilled fish. Just the sort of simple, vegetable-rich meal my boyfriend and I love :)

May 13, 2011
 

It's really delicious! thank you for having reminded the recipe : I saw it a few months ago (in Anjoum's 'The super-healthy diet'), but I've never tested it...; now it's done :)
(and I love your new book too! :))

Greatings from Switzerland!

May 14, 2011
 

Your photography is mouthwatering. Can't wait to make the real thing?

May 14, 2011
 

This sounds delicious! I have some swiss chard on hand. I think I'll make it with that!

May 14, 2011
 

Julie

Where can you get unsweetened coconut? I want to make this tonight. Just bought wonderful organic spinach at the farmers market this a.m.

May 14, 2011
 

That sounds absolutely delicious.
I think I might try it out with a nice beef steak tonight! Thanks for the great inspiration!

May 14, 2011
 

toccata

I made this yesterday and liked it so much that I made it again today. Today I made it without the asparagus but I added some dried cranberries just before removing it from the skillet. Delicious and so easy. Definitely a keeper.

May 14, 2011
 

This looks wonderful and so different! I have never thought to pair coconut with spinach like you have done here. I will have to try it sometime.

May 15, 2011
 

OMG! Awesome post! Thanks a lot for spiced coconut spinach recipe.

May 15, 2011
 

Liz

In Sri Lankan cuisine, it is very common to make this dish with any sort of leafy-green vegetable - it is called "mallung".

May 15, 2011
 

I made this tonight and served it on top of West African Yam and Bean patties. Really really lovely! I doubled up on all the spice and maybe even a bit more of the coconut- since i love it so much. Heaven.

May 16, 2011
 

Alexandra of Silvermine

Saw your recipe today, and strangely, we have a surfeit of coconut in the house right now: canned shredded, and two whole ones. I would add some baked pecan and coconut crusted tofu for your protein.
Cannot wait to try your recipe!

May 16, 2011
 

Widfrau

Heidi, I just made this except I used just-picked snap peas instead of spinach, and brown mustard seed instead of yellow, since that's what I had. Oh, and I omitted the garlic because I got too lazy. Anyhow, it was delicious and, throughout the whole meal, I kept exclaiming "this tastes so authentic! wow!"

May 16, 2011
 

Lowell

Made this for dinner tonight. Didn't have either of the seeds, so used ground. Super yum!! Will definitely make it again.

May 17, 2011
 

I love the bright green of the spinach! Our CSA has been sending sorrel, I wonder how that would taste mixed in with its lemony flavor??? Is the ghee necessary for flavor or could I substitute olive oil! Divine, Heidi!

HS: You could totally swap in olive oil, or coconut oil, or butter

May 17, 2011
 

I have 3 big tubs full of spinach in my fridge and was wondering what to do with them!

May 17, 2011
 

I would never have thought to put this combination together. It looks delicious!

May 18, 2011
 

barbra

i made this tonight, doubled the cumin and used coconut oil instead of ghee. my man and i loved it!! thanks for the great recipe.
we ate it with leftovers... rick bayless' green rice, and yucatan grilled chicken. a really great match.

May 18, 2011
 

barbra

ps: and instead of asparagus, which i think sounds great, we used broccolette (young broccoli) since we had it in the fridge. really nice for texture.

May 18, 2011
 

Not sure what I will make to accompany this, but I'm pretty sure I'd be trying it with coconut oil!

May 18, 2011