Hi friends!Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing Bathua/ Chenopodium album and spices.
Bathua/ Chenopodium album has an earthy, mineral-rich, astringent salty taste comparable to spinach. Bathua is readily available during India’s winter months at elevations up to 4,700 meters. Some sources, such as the “Handbook on Herbs Cultivation and Processing,” also list the plant as a summer crop in irrigated areas.When buying bathua, look for a slightly white, dusty coating—this is perfectly natural, and is a hallmark feature of the plant. The leaves lose this powdery residue upon maturity. If consuming raw, look for younger leaves. Otherwise, opt for firm, dense leaves with no obvious signs of wilt.
Preparation Time :10 minutes
Cooking time : 5 minutes
Cuisine: India,Uttar Pradesh
Level Of Cooking: Easy
Servings : 4
- 2 cups Bathua/ Chenopodium album , finely chopped
- 3 cups Curd / Yogurt /Dahi
- 2 Green chilies
- 1 tsp Ginger, grated finely
- 1/2 tsp cumin / Jeera, roasted and powdered
- 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
- 2/3 level tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black salt
Put the chopped Bathua/ Chenopodium album in a pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup of water, close the lid and put on a high flame. The moment pressure is formed switch off the heat. Let the cooker cool to room temperature.
Take Bathua/ Chenopodium album from the cooker put in the blender, add two green chilies, one tea spoon grated fresh ginger, puree the mixture to a fine paste ,keep it aside.
Take Curd /yogurt / Dahi in a bowl and whisk it well to a smooth texture.
Add salt, black salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder, to the whisked curd and mix well. Keep it aside.
Take the pureed Bathua/ Chenopodium album add it to the spiced and whisked lightly curd once more. Mix well, refrigerate. Serve cold with all Indian breads, boiled rice or rice biryani etc.
Health benefits of Bathua/ Chenopodium album:
Many groups in India use bathua medicinally. According to the book, “Indian Medicinal Plants,” bathua acts as a laxative, anthelmintic for hookworms and roundworms, and as a blood purifier.
When prepared as an infusion, it manages hepatic disorders, spleen enlargement, biliousness, burns, and ulcers. The book, “Handbook on Herbs Cultivation and Processing” explains that that the ground plant mixed with alcohol is also applied topically to treat rheumatism and arthritis.
Bathua or Chenopodium album, also called Goosefoot, Lambs’ quarters and All Good is a plant whose leaves are used as a vegetable. Bathua has a lot of health benefits as well. It is very useful for those suffering from kidney stones. Take out the juice from tender leaves and stems by grinding them, Drink 10-15 ml of this mixed with water on empty stomach in the morning and then in the evening also for some days. It helps to break the stones and helps in their removal. Bathua is a brain food, removes urinary infections and promotes urine flow. It is useful for those suffering from arthritis. If there is swelling and pain steam heat some leaves and apply this as a hot poultice on the area. It will reduce swelling and pain. Bathua is also useful for internal swellings of stomach, intestine, liver, uterus etc.
In jaundice mix equal quantities of juice of bathua and giloy (tinosporia cordilolia). Take 25-30 ml of this mixture in the morning and evening for relief from jaundice.
For gout and high uric acid eat bathua vegetable regularly.
Curd Health benefits:
Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.
Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.
Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.
Eating curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.
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