For the saag: Toast the fenugreek, turmeric, coriander
, cumin and chili powder in a medium saute pan until aromatic
, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool, and then grind to a powder in a spice grinder
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepot or Dutch oven
and sweat the onions
2 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook until the onions are starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spices
, tomato puree and tomato paste to combine and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly wilt the spinach
into the onion mixture a little at a time while stirring. Stir in the cream to combine, reduce the heat to a simmer
and cook uncovered at least 2 hours.
For the malfatti: Combine the ricotta, flour, fennel
pollen, some salt and pepper and the eggs
in a large bowl using your hands. If mixture seems a bit too wet or sticky, add more flour until a roll-able dough forms. Roll about 2 tablespoons of dough
into a ball (coating your hands in flour will help keep the ball from sticking). Continue to roll balls until all the dough is used up, making about 20 balls.
Cook the malfatti in boiling water over medium-high heat until floating, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool, and then drain
When ready to serve, heat the butter
and olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the malfatti and shake the pan, cooking each side quickly, until golden brown, about 5 minutes total.
To serve, spoon some of the saag as a base on the plate, and top with a couple malfatti. Garnish with the chives