Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Lal Math Bhaaji - a healthy indulge

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Hi friends. I am posting a very simple but a very nutritive  leafy vegetable today that is Lal  Math / Lal Chavali it is also called Lal Bhaaji in Chhattisgarh. This red leafy vegetable has a nice taste and is very rich in Iron, a mineral needed by people in all age groups. Iron as we all know is an important constituent of Haemoglobin a red pigment which carries oxygen in our body.
This is very healthy to eat during Pregnancy as it’s easy to digest and rich in essential nutrients. It’s very nutritive for growing children too. And addition of lentils in the Bhaaji, adds protein component to it which are very important for cell growth.
This  veggie is close to my heart as I have loved eating it since my childhood at my grand mom’s place fresh from the farm. It had a different taste and colour which we do not get today. But for a change this particular batch that we got,  after so many years tasted very similar that I ate at my Grand mom’s place. So I thought of sharing it with every one.
This goes best with hot steaming rice with ghee on top. If the leaf is of good quality the entire rice turns reddish in colour with it’s juices. Mine just happened.smile_regular

Ingredients
a large bunch of lal bhaji/ lal maath
4-5 garlic pods
4-5 green chilies
2 onions finely chopped
1/2 cup soaked bengal gram
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chili pwd
1 tsp mustard
salt to taste
oil to cook

Method
Separate the leaves from the stem and wash them in water 5-6 times to remove the traces of soil.
Chop the leaves and the tender stems finely.
Heat the oil  and add mustard seeds. After they splutter add the chopped garlic and chilies. When the garlic turns light brown in color add the soaked dal and the onions and saute for few minutes and then add the chopped bhaaji and salt. Cover and cook till it’s done. Now add the turmeric, coriander and chili pwd. Mix and cook for few minutes.
Serve hot with rice/ roti.

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and to It’s Vegan world- Indian hosted by Erbe in Cucina and is the brainchild of Vaishali
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18 comments:

Padma said...

very healthy and delicious dish Pari...nice entry for the event... please collect your award at http://padmasrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/09/neer-dosasweet-filling.html

Priya said...

Wow Pari, u have really unique collections of dishes dear, many dishes u have posted are really new for me..this bhaaji looks simply healthy and delicious..

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Healthy & very nutritious dish, apt for the event.

chakhlere said...

wow!! i love that dish so much!! Havent had that from such a long time :(

rv said...

Perfect dish Pari. Thanks for sharing.

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi pari, dish looks very healthy and delicious...and pls do come and collect ur award from my blog...

sangeeta said...

we make it the same way Pari...
very healthy .

My Experiments with Cooking said...

Nice blog. Like the recipe, is it the sour veggie?

Hari Chandana said...

Looks healthy and delicious.. Lovely presentation.. :)

Katy ~ said...

Sounds very nourishing and good!

En Samaiyal said...

This dish sounds healthy ....presentation with chilli buds r nice ........

Shaista Tabrez said...

hmmm...lovely colourful dish

Sunanda said...

Looks healthy and delicious pari... Perfect for the event...

Ramya said...

Interesting!!Havent heard abt this veggie b4..

Nandini said...

Healthy,colorful and delicious dish!

Graziana said...

Thank you for joining It's a Vegan World!

PS I LOVE the way you cut the chili in the picture, I have to do the same sometime!

sudhirwise said...

Thanks for the simple recipe.
Today when i was buying vegetables saw these fresh leaves which the vendor called lal math. seen them often in the market never bought them. didnt know how to cook them.
came home and googled for recipes.
saw your recipe after a few others. cooked it. YUMMY MUMMY!!!!!
Although i must confess that i had no other dal except channa dal at home. so I cooked the dal seperately in the cooker and added it like you instructed.

Nilu A said...

Looks tasty, yummy & simply satisfying Pari.. A must try recipe :-)

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