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.
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
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|
|Chop the greens very finely|
|Add all ingredients- greens, onion, chillies ,salt,seeds and Dal|
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.