Palakoora Vepadu (Andhra-Style Sautéed Spinach)

Palakoora Sauteed Spinach
As cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey discovered while traveling through the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, palakoora vepadu, fresh spinach sautéed with aromatics such as cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, and turmeric, is a staple in South Indian messes (mess halls). See the recipe for Palakoora Vepadu (Andhra-Style Sautéed Spinach) »Ingalls Photography

The south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is known for its messes, or mess halls, which serve cheap, freshly made vegetarian food. Rice is the base of the meal; dishes such as palakoora vepadu, fresh spinach sautéed with an array of spices, add variety of flavor, texture, and nutrients. This recipe first appeared in our August/September 2014 special India issue.