Back home mom makes sure to cook greens at least 4-5 times a week, be it sautee(talimpu), with pulses( pappu ), chutney( pachadi) or stew( pulusu ). We do get a lot of fresh green vegetables every day, a lady sells exclusively green vegetables grown in her farm. They are so vibrant, crisp, tender and fresh from the garden! It used to my routine everyday to accompany mom in buying fresh veggies everyday.. There are so many greens available back home like palakura( spinach ), thotakura( amaranth ), molaka kura, bacchali kura( malabar spinach ), munagaaku( drumstick leaves), menthu kura( fenugreek leaves), avisaku , gongura(Sorrel leaves ).  One of my favorite greens is Bachchali aaku in telugu and purslane, chinese spinach, oriental spinach, ceylon spinach,malabar spinach in english, However i found that its botanical name is Basella alba. Being green leafy vagetable this is high in fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, Calcium and Iron but low in calorie and fatfree( ofcourse). This Purslane leaves are more crispier and higher in water content than spinach. Heres one simple way of cooking this bachali aaku with raw or sour mango.




Ingredients:
  • 2-3 handfuls of Bachali aaku
  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 1/2 cup raw mango chunks
  • 5-6 green chillies
  • 1 tomato
  • 5-10 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 tbsp oil


How To:


  • Clean the leaves and chop them, don't discard the stems if they are tender chop them too
  • Chop onions, tomatoes and green chillies
  • Peel raw mango and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Wash and clean tuwar dal
  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add cumin seeds and mustard seeds ad they start to crackle add curry leaves followed by tomatoes, mango chunks and bachali aaku along with some turmeric
  • Add the soaked and drained toor dal, saute for a couple of minutes and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Alternatively you can cook separately until the dal is completely cooked
  • Adjust salt to taste and finish it off with cilantro

3 COMMENTS:

رحلات سياحية said...

great
i love your blog a lot.

shanthi d said...

Thanks for ur recipe... I really love your blog posts... specially those on Indian Curries Recipes

Rajeev said...

Hi,
This has been a great recipe and a life saviour for few veggies out here.

Thanks
Rajeev

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