Bhapa Pui Shaak or Steamed Malabar Spinach with Coconut
If you are tired of having Pui Shak Chorchori every time, then I have an amazing yet super easy recipe using Malabar Spinach or as we know it as Pui Shaak. This is a bhapa dish, that is steamed so is super healthy and absolutely guilt-free.
Satvik Diet: Basic Concept of Yoga Food
Contrary to popular concepts, Yoga doesn’t stand for weight loss and strict diet regimes. Instead, Ayurvedic Diet under Yoga prescribes food for the soul which in turn keeps the body as well as mind healthy and happy.
Under Ayurveda, food has been divided in three broad categories-
Satvikk Food Items – Food that is purest in nature and does no harm to our body consists of this group. Fresh fruits, vegetables, grains like wheat and rice, legumes and milk products like ghee are considered purest of all food. A diet consisting of these food items is considered to be in constancy with the Ayurvedic traditions of food.
Rajashik Food Items – Food that is considered to be luxurious fall under this category. Alcohol and alcoholic beverages, Tea, Coffee, chilies, Salt, etc. are considered to be lavish and royal, basically items that denote excess. Overall, excessive sweet or sour food that cannot be consumed on daily basis are considered unfit to be offered to Gods & Goddesses, and thus, not suitable for humans as well.
Tamshik Food Items – Food that is derived by harming other individuals is considered tamashik or tamoshik. Food like meat and fish are considered bad for humans under Ayurvedic Food Diet. Also, food that grows below the soil are included in this list, for example, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, etc. which is thought to be heat generating and thus not suitable for daily consumption.
This Bhapa Pui Shaak recipe is essentially a perfect Sattvik food recipe as it is steamed, uses green leafy vegetable of Malabar Spinach or Pui Shaak along with Coconut and Mustard Oil.
How to cook Pui Shaak or Malabar Spinach?
Malabar Spinach leaves are quite meaty, if I can say so. The leaves as well as the stalks can be cut in small pieces and cooked using different recipes. Pui Shaak Chorchori or Malabar Spinach & Vegetable Mishmash is a very popular Bengali dish which is served along with par-boiled rice or bhat.
Here, I have the recipe for Macher matha diye Pui Shaak Chorchori or Malabar Spinach cooked with Rohu fish head on my blog.
- 500 gms Pui Shak or Malabar Spinach Finely Chopped
- Salt to Taste
- 1/4 cup Grated Coconut
- 1 Green Chili Finely Chopped
- 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
Prepare your steamer, if you have. Or, you can cook in your rice cooker or in pressure cooker as well.
Take a stainless steel bowl or box with flat bottom. Take all the ingredients and mix them together.
If you are using a steamer then place it in the steamer and cover it to cook it for 10-12 minutes.
If you are using Rice Cooker, then place a lid on the bowl or box and place it inside the cooker. Pour little water in the cooker and close the lid of Rice Cooker and cook it for 10-12 minutes.
If you are using Pressure Cooker, then place the box in the cooker and pour some water around it. Remove the whistle and close the lid of the cooker. Turn the heat on and let it cook for 10 minutes.
Once done, take the box out and check if the pui shak or malabar spinach has softened completely. If you find excessive water, pour it out in a pan and stir it for a minute or two to dry out the excess water.