Bindia’s Spinach Bhaji not only tastes great, but also contains all you need to fill full and have your nutritional needs met.
“Bhaji” simply means “dish” - and Spinach Bhaji therefore just means “spinach dish”.
In India, it’s normal to eat lots of the so-called cruciferous vegetables. These dark leafy greens can be found just about everywhere on Earth, and they include, besides spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, kale, and mustard greens, among others.
The cruciferous vegetables are some of the healthiest things you can consume, and in the West we are finally opening our eyes to their healing properties, which have being investigated in serious cancer research the last couple of decades.
Just to name a few things, this family of vegetables contains plenty of iron, calcium, fibers, as well as a host of different vitamins.
By virtue of also being rich in protein, it’s understandable that the cruciferous vegetables like spinach have become a go-to food for the increasing number of health-conscious consumers as well as vegetarians and vegans.
Nearly all of India’s larger religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, as well as the world’s oldest medical system Ayurveda, either advocate a meat-free diet or clearly prohibit meat consumption.
Correspondingly, a survey from 2021 do indicate that about 40% of the country’s immense population identify as vegetarian, while this number is even higher in states like the country’s largest (by area) Rajastan where this accounts for 3 out of 4 people.
At Bindia, it’s therefore possible to order all of our delicious curries in a vegetarian version - in addition to our 9 decidedly vegetarian or vegan dishes like our vegetarian Spinach Bhaji.
We have made our Spinach Bhaji in the style of the Indian “Saag”. Saag just means leafy vegetables (typically referring to spinach) and is a form of curry made primarily on just one type of leafy green like spinach, chopped broccoli, mustard greens, collard greens, among others. The Saag is a quite common dish in Northern India where it’s often served with bread.
We mix our Spinach Bhaji with another cruciferous green, i.e. fenugreek as well as fresh tomatoes and garlic to add more fullness and flavor to the spinach.