Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Beetroot Leaf Thoran / Stir Fry

 I was skeptical using Beetroot leaves though have seen some salad-recipe with the same  in the net,
 used to wonder why these huge leaves they keep along with the beets ...may be for longer shelf-life
and then during a foodie- chat with my cousin , she assured that they are 100 % edible and tastes even better than spinach when cooked.
I made it here and now I regret for throwing away these leaves till last time.
I must write about my cousin & her In-laws in Georgia  , we  once visited them during a summer time and it was an experience for me , as I have never seen a full swing Backyard Vegetable garden like there's. 
They grow vegetable's for there need , gifts'em to their friends and then they have more which they slightly cook and store in zip lock bags  and freeze - that's for them to use during the winter season...

The most "Productive Home" I have ever seen :)

Here are the pictures of our visit to my cousin's house in Georgia  
Though these were taken 2 years back am now glad that I could post these here :)

Some Bitter Gourd's 

That's Me & Na and some Snake Gourd's 

Na with the Vegetable's that we brought back home...
Now that Na doesn't know to use computer am saved for the time being ;) 

Great Inspiration to grow vegetable's for those who own a house with some backyard space. 

Back to Beetroot Leaves Thoran/ Stir fry 

This is a must try dish , try it with your own recipe like the usual way you cook spinach...you'll like it for sure. 


Beetroot Leaves - leaves from 4 to 5 Beet's , chopped 
Spinach - 1/2 bunch chopped (Optional)
Coconut - 1/4 cup 
Onion - 1 medium chopped 
Garlic - 2 no's crushed 
Red chili Powder - 1 tsp ( adjust as per your preference)
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp 
Curry Leaves - 1 spring (Optional - I didn't use)
Oil - 1 Tb Sp 
Salt to taste


* Heat oil in a pan , saute garlic for a few seconds then add the chopped onion , saute till the onions turns golden brown.

* Add Chili Powder and curry leaves stir and then add the chopped leaves , add salt, turmeric powder and stir and combine.

* Cook the leaves  in medium to high  heat till there is no water left in the dish (almost takes 10 to 15 minutes) Stir in between (I cooked'em uncovered) 

* When done , add grated coconut  - cook again for 2 minutes stirring  to combine all the ingredients and switch off the heat.
And its ready ! 
Buying beets is super savings as it can be used to make two different nutritious dishes.

Notes : 
            Sometimes Beetroot leaves alone wouldn't be sufficient , hence may mix these with some other leaves or Grams/Lentils to increase the quantity, it also makes it extra nutritious.


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