Not popeye’s spinach… Bahgie

Spinach/Bahgie

Today I am featuring dish number two in a three dish series. It will take you less time to cook this dish than it took me to write this post. Spinach or Bahgie, as it is known to most Indo-Guyanese (Guyanese with Indian ancestry), is a popular side dish for most curry and roti combinations. Or at least it’s that way in my home. It’s quick and easy and loaded with iron.

Let’s get right to the recipe cause I’m sure you don’t want to hear about how we grew spinach in our back yard when I was little and picked it fresh and cooked it every other week. Or do you (wink).

For this recipe I am using 3 bundles of spinach/bahgie. 3 tomatoes (diced), 5 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp brown sugar (not pictured) and salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp).

For this recipe I am using 3 bundles of spinach/bahgie. 3 tomatoes (diced), 5 cloves of garlic (chopped), 1 tsp brown sugar (not pictured) and salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp).

First you will need to wash the spinach/bahgie because it is usually loaded with sand. I'm washing mine in my sink but you can use a large bowl if you prefer. 1. Chop the stems off the spinach.2. Submerge spinach in water. Then wash each  hand full of spinach under running water.3. Chop spinach into large chunks.

First you will need to wash the spinach/bahgie because it is usually loaded with sand. I’m washing mine in my sink but you can use a large bowl if you prefer.
1. Chop the stems off the spinach.
2. Submerge spinach in water. Then wash each hand full of spinach under running water.
3. Chop spinach into large chunks.

Add 3 tbsp. oil to a large frying pan / saute pan on medium heat. When oil is hot add tomatoes and garlic and cook until tomatoes are soft. Add chopped spinach and toss until spinach and tomatoes are thoroughly mixed together.

Add 3 tbsp. oil to a large frying pan / saute pan on medium heat. When oil is hot add tomatoes and garlic and cook until tomatoes are soft.
Add chopped spinach and toss until spinach and tomatoes are thoroughly mixed together.

Cook down for 5 minutes (do not cover pan), then add sugar and salt to taste. Cook for an additional 10 minutes on high heat, Turning occasionally to ensure even cooking.

Cook down for 5 minutes (do not cover pan), then add sugar and salt to taste. Cook for an additional 10 minutes on high heat, Turning occasionally to ensure even cooking.

So in about 30 minutes (prep included), you have really yummy bahgie.

Bahgie(spinach), bunjal chicken, dhal and rice.

Bahgie(spinach), bunjal chicken, dhal and rice.

Bahgie (Spinach) (4-5 servings)

Ingredients:
3 bundles of spinach (chopped)
3 large tomatoes (diced)
5 cloves garlic (chopped)
3 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. brown sugar
salt to taste

Directions:
Heat 3 tbsp oil in a large saute pan or frying pan, on medium heat. Add tomatoes and garlic and cook until tomatoes are soft. Add spinach. Toss spinach until completely mixed with tomatoes. Cook down spinach for 5 minutes then add sugar and salt. Increase to high heat and let cook for an additional 5 minutes, turning spinach often to ensure even cooking. Spinach is finished when all the water has cooked off and spinach has a dark green color.

Tips and Ramblings:
1. This is not the only way to cook spinach but it’s the easiest way to cook bahgie.
2. Some people add coconut milk to their bahgie. If you like you can add 3 tbsp. coconut milk right when you add the spinach. It gives it a rich flavor.
3. Do not cover the spinach while cooking or it will “spring” a lot of water and you’ll likely end up with steamed spinach, which is also tasty but not exactly what we are going for here.
4. In the last 5 minutes, let the spinach saute on high heat, it will make a difference in the flavor.

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