Wash spinach, then cut. Grate ginger and chop green chilies. Steam spinach with the ginger, green chilies and salt. (Or microwave.) Let cool, and add the yogurt.
To temper: heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to splutter, add crushed garlic and fry until the garlic turns light brown. Add this to the yogurt mixture.
Contributor: Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal
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Rushina tells us: "The Southern Americans eat black eyed peas which they believe brings good luck because their round shape symbolizes the shape of a coin. Greens are also traditionally eaten and are said to symbolize paper money. A common southern dish is Hoppin John – black eyed peas with rice which I found a little bland by itself. Closer to home I found a Nepali recipe Bodi Pulao that makes for a spicier version of the combination."