WV6 ~ Chard with Chickpeas


Workout Vratha Pusham ~ Deva Ganneru (Plumeria/Frangipani) from Backyard

Morning:
A glass of ragi ganji without sweetener
Fistful of pressure-cooked chickpeas
Few pieces of apple

Noon:
A cup of Kasuri methi chole
A big bowl of tomato rasam
Carrot-cucumber raita

Evening:
A glass of cold ginger buttermilk

Night:
A cup of homegrown chard sautéed with chickpeas. Simple to make and tasty.
Dear Vijay brought Khaman from local Swami Narayana Temple. Had two pieces of Khaman.
A cup of hot, hot tomato rasam
Dinner was at 7PM. Felt hungry around 10, had a glass of cold buttermilk

Workout:
An hour of kickboxing and an hour of weights and abs class at the gym. Excellent teachers and I actually enjoy attending these classes. – morning
Gardening – evening

In retrospect:
Good day. Thinking of putting a stop to online food diary after day 7. Writing and sharing about daily intake feels monotonous and purposeless.


Homegrown Chard

Chard with Chickpeas

I sowed some chard seeds at the beginning of June. Now they are young plants. The tender leaves have robust spinach like flavor. When cooked with protein-rich chickpeas and Bharath seasoning, they tasted quite good. Beans and greens, I could never get tired of this combination.

Ingredients:
Chard leaves and tender stems – finely chopped about 8 cups
Cooked chickpeas – one cup
Red onion or shallots – finely chopped, about a cup
Red chilli-garlic powder – a tablespoon
Turmeric – 1/4 teaspoon
Salt -1/4 teaspoon or to taste
Lemon/limejuice – 2 tablespoons
From masala dabba: Tadka ingredients

Preparation:
In a big skillet, heat a tablespoon of peanut oil. From masala dabba, add and toast a teaspoon each cumin and mustard seeds. Sprinkle a pinch of asafetida and sauté to fragrance. Add the onions and cook to soft.

Add the chard and chickpeas to the onions. Mix well and cover and cook until the chard has wilted. At the end, add the chilli-garlic powder, turmeric and salt. Stir well and cook for couple of minutes. Add enough lemon/lime juice to sharpen the flavor and adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve straight from the skillet with rice or roti. Good on its own too.

Chard Chickpeas with Khaman
Chard Chickpeas with Khaman ~ for Meal Today

© Recipe and Photos Copyright 2009 Indira Singari.

9 Comments

  • By DK, July 24, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

    I make swiss chard this way. Tastes utterly delicious.

  • By DK, July 24, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

    So are u noticing a lighter body already? This minimal calorie and workout?

  • By Madhavi, July 24, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

    Hi Indira,
    Your WV logs are excellent reads for inspiration. Please continue writing until you finish the vratham. Thanks!

  • By jksundar, July 25, 2009 @ 2:27 am

    Hi Indira,
    I am a regular follower of your website. Please don’t stop your online food diary. Do continue till you finish your vratham. I am diligently noting down all. Since I am a diabetic your site with all the light recipes helps me a lot. I am at Saudi Arabia, so not possible at all for heavy excercise schedules like yours, so have to watch my sugars with planned diet. Please continue.

  • By Roopa, July 25, 2009 @ 11:45 am

    Hi Indira,
    Your WV logs give us wonderful ideas for preparing healthy meals.. pls do keep posting.

  • By Priya, July 25, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

    Yeap i second (r third..)madhavi and sundar…its great to know some simple recipes and also about the way u carryout your workout regime. Do continue.

  • By Indira, July 25, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

    DK: We seem to have the same taste.
    Look up in the sky. Don’t you see me? So light and airy, I was just floating by your home. :)

    Madhavi, JKsundar, Roopa and Priya: Thanks for your interest. I will try my best with the updates. All the best with your Workout Vrathams. Do share your recipe ideas. I would appreciate that very much.

  • By Christi, March 9, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Served it with Lemon Saaru and it was delicious. Child had 3 helpings!

  • By Sunitha, July 23, 2010 @ 3:16 am

    Hi Indira,
    Nice and lovely recipe.Want to try it out,but what is chard called in telugu?Iam a regular follower of ur site.The recipes here are too good and helthy as they involve just a spoon or two of oil.Really,thanks a lot for contributing so many healthy recipes.Iam a die hard fan of yours.And iam also from the same place as u r from,Nandyala and my husband from nadikotkur.:)

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