Simple Stir-fried Greens with Potato



Simple Stir-fried Greens with Potato


My baby, my little daughter is a big 4 year old girl now. While a part of me wishes I could have kept her as a baby forever, it’s also an amazing feeling to see her growing up to be such a wonderful person!  I can’t believe it all happens so fast right in front of your eyes.


Simple Stir-fried Greens with Potato


We wake up together and start our day with lots of cuddles and long discussions about anything from space, moon to human bodies. We sit and have breakfast together and spend several hours playing with dough, reading books, watching cartoons in my laptop and making new necklaces with beads. We brush our hair, dress up together and then talk about why she likes/ I don’t like nail polishes :)

It’s so fascinating to see how we are very similar in some things while poles apart in others. One of our latest discoveries has been that we both love to cook together! Considering the amount of time she has seen me spend in the kitchen, it’s no surprise that she has developed this strong love for food. Food of all kinds… As a toddler she always ate a candy and a fruit with same kind of enthusiasm but now that she is growing up she is slowly beginning to understand the difference between a candy and a fruit!


Simple Stir-fried Greens with Potato


With my influence being really big on her as she spends almost all her time with me right now, she is naturally asking a lot of questions about healthy eating and why certain things are not encouraged at home. If I buy her something she always asks me ”Amma, Is this good for us?” As a parent who believes in freedom for their children and as a foodie who wants her family to eat mindfully and sustainably, it’s not easy to strike the right balance.  I am always straightforward and honest when it comes to food and choices. Starting from vegetarianism to why mass-produced fast food is not good. After being vegetarian for the first couple of years my daughter now chooses to eat chicken. It’s been a learning experience for me to see how a child so young can think, analyze and decide. It wasn’t easy for her at all. She kept asking me why I didn’t eat meat and almost begged me to tell her if she should or not. I kept telling her that it was her choice. After a lot of confusion, she finally now chooses to eat chicken. Today as any 4 year old she loves ice-cream and chocolates a lot.  While I don’t usually stock them up at home, I never say ‘No’ to her when she asks for these treats. She knows they are not really good for her but she says “You can eat them if you get very tempted but not too much!” She makes me read labels of everything and asks me if it has ‘bad chemicals’ in them. While I have had a lot of people rolling their eyes, I am not ashamed of this in any way. Of course she is not old enough to avoid certain temptations yet but I know these experiences will have a big impact on her future food choices.

I am happy that she is able to love food and look beyond taste and health. I am proud that she thinks and talks about it. And I hope she develops a healthy relationship with food, which is of her own!


Simple Stir-fried Greens with Potato


I always sit with her when I am shelling, peeling, chopping and cleaning vegetables. Sometimes she loves join me. A couple of weeks ago, I got ready to chop some veggies to make a salad. She asked me if she could chop the veggies by herself. After thinking for a few seconds I hesitantly said yes. She took the cutting board and the knife and started cutting all the vegetables like a professional! I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. After that day, she has been chopping with me in the kitchen almost every day. I peel and cut the veggies into long slices and she then cuts them into small pieces.  I don’t even monitor her anymore. She is such great help and so much fun to cook with.


Simple Stir-fried Greens with Potato


We made this simple potato stir-fry with greens yesterday. It’s easy enough for a 4 year old to make. It just has a handful of ingredients and almost any greens can be used based on the season and availability. I have used a variety of wild greens which we call as ‘Vitamin Soppu/Greens’. I assume it’s called that because it’s full of vitamins. These greens grew in my parents’ backyard and my mom sent it to me because I love them. They are quite hardy and fibrous. They take longer to cook and have a mild bitter after taste to them.

Make this with your children and celebrate love for cooking from scratch and joy of eating healthy :)





  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup chopped potatoes
  • 4 cups greens of your choice (cleaned and if needed chopped)
  • 1 tbsp jaggery powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • salt to taste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the chopped potatoes. Fry for a couple of minutes and add all the spices and salt. Continue to fry the potato till it’s half cooked. Now add the cleaned greens and mix everything well. If you are using hardy tough greens, add ½ cup of water and cook for 8-10 minutes with the lid on. Most greens will wilt within minutes. In such cases your dish is ready when the greens have wilted and potato is cooked through. Adjust the salt and the jaggery depending on your taste.


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  • Deesha

    I want a daughter :) I love the chemistry girls share with their moms.

  • Reeta

    This is such a heartening post…love the pictures and am sure your daughter will grow up to be just like you and maybe, even better :) You are in for treats as she grows up..
    Delhi Foodies’ Zone

  • Shwetha

    Waw!! Amazing article. I really loved your way of raising your daughter. I am a new mom. My daughter is 1.5 year old. Very independent toddler:) I love to cook. I have been experimenting healthy vegetarian recipes, and your blog has been very resoureful! I really appreciate your research in cooking. Keep up the good work.

  • Manjusha


    I have been following your blog very closely and I love to read all your posts, especially all the blabber before the recipe. I especially loved this one for the thoughts and values that it reflects. The way you are bringing up your daughter is really commendable, especially during the times when 99% of the parents choose to stay ignorant about health and food habits and let their children indulge in all sorts of junk. I hope many parents read this post and encourage their children to eat and think right.

    Thank you for your wonderful posts.

  • Siri

    Hi Chinmayie,

    Hope you are doing well. Happy happy birthday to A! Hope she celebrates many many such birthdays filled with joy, happiness and delicious food! :-)


  • Bhuvana [Cheeli]

    As much as I love ur recipes I love to read more abt ur daughter. U make it sound soo beautiful, I’m damn sure it is too :) loved this one the most…Love to A!

  • Susan

    This recipe sounds delicious. And your daughter is amazing, as well as beautiful! :-)

  • Pinky

    Truly loved this post…

  • Kulsum@JourneyKitchen

    they do grow very fast i hear! I can’t believe mine is 8 months so :) Another lovely recipe as always.

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