Hi friends! Today I am going to share an extremely nutritious recipe of Chaulai Bhurji /Amaranth Greens. It has a salty flavor, learn how to make delicious and very easy Chaulai Bhurji/ Amaranth Greens by following the easy steps.
Amaranth, tender-: Amaranthus gangeticus
Names in other Indian Languages: Notya (Bengali) , Chaulai sag (Hindi) , Dantu (Kannada) , Cheera (Malayalam) , Math (Marathi), Thandukeerai (Tamil) , Thotakoora (Telugu)
The word ‘Amaranth’ is derived from the Greek term ‘amarantos’ meaning ‘unwithering’. The term was applied to Amaranth for its hearty characteristics that for the people that used it, came to symbolize immortality. The Hindi term for Amaranth, Ramdana, means God’s own grain. This bountiful seed is grown all throughout India from the high slopes of the Himalayas to the many coastlines of the country. Numerous different Amaranth varieties are grown throughout the country, but the Himalaya region is known as the Amaranth ‘centre for diversity’ for the number of varieties that grow in the region. This crop is also a native species to the Andean region of South America, including Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. In the Andes region it remains widely grown today. This crop has been called ‘Incan Wheat’ because it was a staple food for the Incas, but was used long before this time. Today the grain often goes by the name kiwicha. In North America/Europe where this crop is sometimes sold, it occasionally goes by the name ‘love-lies-bleeding’ due to its bright, fluorescent colour ranges.
Amaranth is a hardy crop, high in fiber. Using amaranth in combination with wheat, corn or brown rice results in a complete protein level as high as the value found in fish, red meat, or poultry. The grain is very easy for the body to digest and so is traditionally eaten during fasts, and given to those who are recovering from illness. Amaranth is consumed as both a vegetable and a grain. The leaves of the plant are frequently used in countries throughout Africa, the Caribbean, China and even Greece in various dishes and stir-frys. In China, it is believed that eating Amaranth greens are great for improving eye sight, and in countries throughout Africa it is recommended by doctors for people with low red blood cell count. The Hills People in India believe they get their strength from the daily consumption of this super grain! Commonly, the grain is popped before it is consumed which is often made into gruel called sattu or laddoos. The grain can further be ground into flour and mixed with other types of flours to make everyday staples like chapatti.
While amaranth may be known as a ‘forgotten food grain’ its taste and exceptional health benefits recognized around the world make it a grain that is still prominent in the lives of people in many different places and should not be soon forgotten!
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time :20 minutes
Recipe cook time : 25 minutes
Course : Main
Cuisine : Indian, Uttar Pradesh
Serves : 4
- 500 gms.Chaulai /Amaranth Greens
- 1/2 tsp of turmeric
- 2 medium size Onions ,finely chopped
- 1 Green chili, finely chopped
- 12 Cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
- 3 tbsp Olive Oil or any cooking oil of choice
Wash and soak in cold water with a pinch of salt for ten minutes.
Drain and finely chop the Chaulai /Amaranth Greens, keep aside.
Heat oil in a wok /Kadahi /pan, add chopped onions and fry till light golden, add finely chopped garlic saute for twenty seconds or so.
Add turmeric, chili powder, salt and chopped Chaulai /Amaranth Greens, stir and cook on low heat till the water dries.
Then fry for a few minutes and remove from heat.Serve with hot chapatti, boiled rice etc.
Do not add any water to chopped Chaulai /Amaranth Greens while cooking.
Health benefits of Cholai or Chaulai or Amaranth leaves
– Good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate,thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin
– Good source of minerals eg calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese
– Regular consumption reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
– Improve antioxidant level.
– Strengthen immunity.
– Saag form helps to cure constipation.
– Blood purifier.
– Drinking 15-20 gm cholai juice reduces swelling in eyes due to heat, reddishness and improves eyesight.
– Mix 25 ml Cholai juice with misri and drink to reduce burning sensation in urine and calm down body heat.
– Drinking Cholai juice purifies blood and removes toxic substances from the body.
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