7 Ways To Use Bok Choy In Indian Cooking, From Dal To Curry

Who says bok choy can only be used with Chinese dishes? The Chinese cabbage has a fresh, almost minty vibrancy in its profile and has a slight herbaceous kick. It can be used in spice-heavy dishes or even in dals or chicken stews since it can also be used to balance flavours. If you’re not used to cooking with bok choy, use it in mixed vegetarian medleys, in dals, mixed curries or, veggie fritters where they can be used with other vegetables. However, much like broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers etc, bok choy can also be used in Indian cooking eventhough it’s not a traditional ingredient

Bok Choy Curry 

Transform your regular curry by introducing the wholesome goodness of bok choy. In a classic Indian curry base, sauté bok choy with a mix of spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric. The bok choy's crisp stems and tender leaves absorb the flavours of the curry, and it offers an appetising contrast to textures and tastes. This curry pairs well with rice or Indian bread and it will also go well with Indian, buttery meat dishes which are high in spices

Bok Choy Moong Dal

Moong dal is one of the softest and most versatile dals, which is not just mild in flavour but can also be tenderised faster. Elevate your moong dal by incorporating diced bok choy for added freshness and nutrition. You can also keep the leaves intact. Sauté bok choy with lentils, onions, and tomatoes, and then simmer the mixture in a vegetable or chicken broth. The bok choy's vibrant green leaves and juicy stalks complement the heartiness of the lentils, creating a comforting and nourishing soup. Season it with Indian spices like garam masala or cumin for an aromatic touch

Bok Choy And Gobi Paratha 

Give the traditional Indian paratha a nutritious makeover by incorporating finely chopped bok choy and cauliflower into the dough. You can also use roasted cauliflower and bok choy for the recipe to introduce a hint of smokiness. Mix the bok choy with whole wheat flour, spices, and water to create a flavorful and green-hued dough. Roll out the parathas and cook them on a griddle with a touch of ghee. 

Bok Choy Paneer Pepper Masala

Make a dry, spicy paneer curry and add freshly chopped bok choy to the mix to add a dash of vibrancy to the recipe. Sauté paneer cubes and bok choy in a wok with a medley of Indian spices, garlic, and ginger. You can also add chopped bell peppers because their natural zing will help neutralise the heat of the peppers. Pair it with plain white rice or with a jeera pulao

Bok Choy Pakoras 

Simply mix in bok choy in your regular veggie pakoras. Create a crispy and flavorful coating by mixing besan (gram flour) with spices, water, and chopped bok choy. Deep-fry the pakoras until golden brown and serve them with mint chutney or tamarind sauce. The bok choy adds a fresh and crunchy element to the pakoras and adds a sense of freshness

Bok Choy and Mushroom Pulao

Upgrade your pulao by introducing the earthy flavours of bok choy and mushrooms. Sauté bok choy and mushrooms with onions, roasted garlic and basmati rice. Cook the ingredients together in a flavourful broth until the rice is fluffy and infused with the essence of the vegetables. This bok choy and mushroom pulao not only provides a visually appealing dish but also offers a balance of textures and flavours that make it a wholesome and satisfying meal on its own or as a side.

Bok Choy Raita 

Infuse a cooling element into your meal with a bok choy raita. Finely chop bok choy and mix it into yoghurt along with cumin, black salt, and a pinch of red chilli powder. This refreshing raita adds a crisp and mild flavour to your palate, balancing the spiciness of Indian dishes. It can be served as a side dish or as a cooling accompaniment to spicy curries and biryanis,