Thursday, June 30, 2011

Talkuleachi Bhaji

Talkulo(cassia tora) is a Monsoon wild leafy  vegetation is grown as soon as the Mirg (the period before the monsoon) arrives.Its a delicacy in search of which a true Goan would walk miles to find a clean patch of land where he can pluck this vegetable for once a year savoured dish..the edible part of this plant is the fresh tender shoots its plucked the same way tea leaves are plucked ..My maternal Grandmother always plucked it from her garden for us after the first fortnight of monsoon showers..

Medicinal Properties and Uses: According to Ayurveda the leaves and seeds are acrid, laxative , antiperiodic, anthelmintic, ophthalmic, liver tonic, cardio tonic and expectorant. The leaves and seeds are useful in leprosy, ringworm, flatulence, colic, dyspepsia, constipation, cough, bronchitis, cardiac disorders . Its leaves, seeds, and root are used in folk medicine, primarily in Asia. It is believed to possess a laxative effect, as well as to be beneficial for the eyes.Cassia Tora also helps by removing intensive heat from the liver and improving vision, moisturizing intestine and easing the bowels. Great help for loosing weight as well. As a folk remedy, the seeds are often roasted, then boiled in water to produce a tea.

So here's the recipe for this exotic dish.

Talkuleachi Bhaji


4-5 cupsTalkulo Leaves approx 500gms
5 Jack fruit seeds  (slivered)
4 Green chillies slit
1 table spoon Chana Dal(soaked for 15mins)
1 large Onion chopped finely
2pinch Salt,
a pinch of Sugar (optional I have not included it my preparation )
1/2 cup grated Coconut


(Dhavi bhaji ) white amaranthus also grown in wild during monsoon

I also added drumstick leaves to this recipe along with white amaranthus and cassia tora.The leaves are the most nutritious part of the drumstick plant, being a significant source of vitamin B6vitamin C, pro vitamin A as beta-carotenemagnesium and protein, among other nutrients. They help build healthy and strong bones and also help to purify the blood stream. Pregnant and lactating mothers can benefit a lot from the health benefits of drumstick leaves.
Chop the greens very finely
Step 1:Clean,Wash and Chop the leaves very finely .Finer its cut better it tastes.
Add all ingredients- greens, onion, chillies  ,salt,seeds and Dal

Jackfruit Seeds
Step 2:Mix all the ingredients except scrapped coconut  and cook on very small flame .If you have added jackfruit seeds add little water if needed .Stir now and then.

Step 3:Let the vegetables get cooked in its own water content .Once all water is evaporated,add grated coconut and your dish is ready.When cooked the greens will change color..Serve hot with Rice or chapati /naan.
Serve Hot
Tip :  Use aluminium or Non-stick utensil to cook this recipe.

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