Ever since my sister returned from a trip to India, she has been raving about the amazing impact that using Indian spices in your everyday cuisine can have. She has cooked my brother and me a few memorable Indian meals and both of us have been eager to master the skills as our own. This past weekend us three siblings finally got together for the cooking lesson we had been waiting for. Combining the flavors of saltiness, sourness, sweetness, and heat, my sister taught us how to make a killer chana masala and a re-imagined cilantro chutney using yogurt as a base. It was the perfect way to invigorate an otherwise boring vegetarian meal, using creative flavors to enliven the healthy ingredients of chickpeas, ginger, yogurt, and other veggies. The great thing is, many of the spices used for the chickpea dish can be incorporated into other vegetable combos for a delicious, healthy meal or side dish. At the end of the day though I think anything made on a fun afternoon with my family would taste perfect.
I call this “Superfood” pesto because I have replaced the usual ingredients of pesto with some unbelievably nutrient rich ingredients. Not only do kale and spinach have zero fat and are high in fiber they are both filled with powerful antioxidants and high in vitamins K, A, C, high in calcium and high in iron. As a matter of fact kale has more iron per calorie than beef! Walnuts are high in fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and vitamins. They are high in protein and contain healthy fats that your body craves including Omega 3.
This recipe is perfect for a side dish or for a quick and easy meal!