Spinach Malfatti, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe

Spinach Malfatti, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe

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Malfatti is a steamed dumpling, usually made of spinach and cheese. Interesting, the Italian term Malfatti literally translates to ‘poorly made’, which probably refers to the odd, rustic shape of the dumplings!

Although it is quite exotic, the Spinach Malfatti is relatively easy to make. A mixture of spinach and cottage cheese held together by wheat flour are rolled into dumplings and steamed.

These dumplings are served in a quick, homemade tomato sauce, which adds to the flavour and nutrition of the Spinach Malfatti. A garnish of grated paneer contrasts with the colour of the sauce, making the dish look really attractive, while also bringing in more protein to the nutrition chart!

These mildly-spiced and healthy steamed dumplings are rich in iron , calcium , folic acid and protein , which makes it ideal to have in the early months of pregnancy.

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Spinach Malfatti, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe recipe - How to make Spinach Malfatti, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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For The Spinach Dumplings
3 cups finely chopped spinach (palak) leaves
3/4 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)
1 tsp chopped green chillies
2 tbsp whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
salt to taste

For The Tomato Sauce
1 1/2 cups fresh tomato pulp
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
1/4 cup finely chopped spring onions whites and greens
1 tsp dry red chilli flakes (paprika)
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste

For The Topping
2 tbsp grated paneer (cottage cheese)

For the spinach dumplings

    For the spinach dumplings
  1. Squeeze out all the excess water from the spinach and place them in a deep bowl.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and mix very well.
  3. Divide the mixture into 16 equal portions and roll each portion into a round.
  4. Place 8 dumplings in a steamer and steam for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Repeat step 4 to cook 8 more dumplings in 1 more batch. Keep aside

For the tomato sauce

    For the tomato sauce
  1. Heat the olive oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the garlic and spring onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  2. Add the fresh tomato pulp, chilli flakes, chilli powder, sugar, salt and ¼ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Place 1/4th of the prepared tomato sauce in a serving plate, place 4 steamed dumplings over it and finally sprinkle ½ tbsp of paneer evenly over it.
  2. Repeat step 1 to make 3 more servings.
  3. Serve immediately.


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Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy172 cal
Protein6.9 g
Carbohydrates12 g
Fiber3.4 g
Fat10.8 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium42.4 mg

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Spinach Malfatti, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe
 on 30 Jan 22 11:48 AM

Cottage cheese is not paneer. Cottage cheese is creamy and lumpy. Paneer is firm.
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Tarla Dalal    Thank you for the feedback. Paneer is referred to as cottage cheese. However, you are correct that there can be difference in the texture of paneer ranging from extremely soft to firm. You can use paneer of your choice or as per the recipe. Please keep reviewing recipes and articles you love.
31 Jan 22 04:12 PM
Spinach Malfatti, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe
 on 29 Aug 19 06:26 PM

this is to be consumed with what?
Spinach Malfatti, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe
 on 28 Mar 18 07:02 PM

Spinach Malfatti, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe
 on 10 Nov 17 09:13 AM

This spinach malfatti recipe is soo tasty and unique that even non-pregnant people will enjoy it.The combination of spinach along with paneer and then in a tomato based sauce taste just right...