Collection of green leafy vegetable recipes.
About green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables or leafy greens are plant leaves eaten as a vegetable. They are widely used in Indian cooking and are considered one of the healthiest vegetables. There is an array of greens that are used in cooking and come in a variety of tastes - from mildly sweet lettuce to earthy dill. Some greens make a great salad when eaten raw while some make lip-smacking dishes when cooked.
Benefits of green leafy vegetable
Green leafy vegetables are considered one of the healthiest foods. They are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre. Include them in your diet to meet your daily nutrition requirements. Greens are considered a powerhouse of nutrients. They support the immune system, gut health, skin health, helps with regulating blood sugar levels, and relieve stress to name a few.
How to select and store green leafy vegetables
Select leafy greens that are bright, vibrant and crisp. Avoid dull leaves or leaves that have yellow spots are they are old and may not taste good when cooked.
The best way to store them is to place them in the refrigerator. Always, clean and dry them first, loosely wrap them in a kitchen towel and then store them in an air-tight container. Usually, leafy greens are sold in a bunch that is tied using a fastener or rubber band. Make sure you remove them while cleaning and washing the greens.
Wrapping them in a kitchen towel removes any excess moisture keeping them fresh for longer. It is important to remove any moisture from the greens before storing them. After washing the greens, dry them - either by spreading them on a tea towel and air-drying or using a salad spinner to remove excess moisture.
My green leafy vegetable recipes collection
Include green leafy vegetables in your diet with these delicious recipes. From palak (spinach) to methi (fenugreek leaves), these recipes showcase the humble green leafy vegetable as the hero of the dish. Here is a collection of my recipes featuring green leafy vegetables as the main ingredient. Happy healthy cooking!
How to use and store curry leaves: Learn how to use curry leaves in different recipes, and how to store curry leaves in the refrigerator, freezer, and in dried form.
Curry Leaves Chutney Pudi: Chutney pudi is a spice blend or spice mix that is in a dry powdered form and is used as an accompaniment for South Indian meals and breakfast. ‘Pudi’ translates to powder in Kannada. Here is my recipe for curry leaves chutney pudi.
Curry Leaves Rice: Include healthy curry leaves in your diet by making this simple curry leaves rice, ready in less than 30 minutes.
Lamb and spinach curry: Lamb and spinach curry is traditionally known as saag gosht (saag means a leafy green vegetable, usually spinach, and gosht means the meat of goat or lamb). This dish is very popular all over India, especially in North India.
Palak sambar: Sambar is a South-Indian style dal made with toor dal (pigeon pea), tamarind, and an aromatic spice blend known as sambar powder. This variation of sambar uses spinach or palak and is called 'soppina huli' in Kannada. 'Soppu' translates to green leafy vegetables.
Palak Paneer: Palak paneer is a famous Punjabi dish in which paneer (Indian cottage cheese) is cooked in spinach and spices masala base. Soft cottage cheese cubes cooked in silky, mildly spicy spinach gravy is a definite winner.
Palak Chicken: Palak chicken or spinach chicken or saag wala chicken is a delicious, flavourful curry that is so healthy and nutritious. A luscious onion-tomato gravy, perfectly balanced aromatic spices, chicken that soaks up all the flavour, paired with loads of greens – this is your go-to dish to make everyone eat their greens without putting up with the tantrums.
Palak Lachha Paratha: Lachha parathas are multi-layer flaky, yet soft paratha made by creating many pleated folds while rolling the paratha. Palak lachha paratha is made by adding spinach puree to the dough. These parathas are very healthy as they are made with spinach and whole wheat
Chickpea Spinach Curry: Simple no onion - no garlic curry made with chickpea and spinach.
How to freeze spinach: Fresh spinach can be cleaned, blanched, and frozen for up to six months. They work just as well as fresh spinach does. So it is a great idea to blanch and freeze spinach during the harvesting season or when they are available in abundance in the market.
Sourdough Methi Paratha: Methi paratha is an Indian flatbread made with atta (also known as Indian whole wheat flour or chapati flour) and fresh fenugreek leaves. My version of methi paratha is healthier than the regular ones as I let the dough ferment overnight using some sourdough starter.
Fenugreek Leaves Poori: Finely chopped fenugreek leaves mixed with wholemeal flour and fried; served with potato curry – perfect weekend brunch.
Amaranth Green Stir-fry: Making amaranth greens stir-fry or shaak bhaja is really easy and just needs three ingredients. This quick, simple and delicious side dish is ready in less than 15 minutes, and tastes great with steamed rice.
Bottle gourd leaves stir-fry: Bottle gourd leaves stir-fry or lau pata chorchori is an easy and healthy dish made with tender stalk and leaves of bottle gourd. This Bengali dish is very easy to make and is ready in less than 20 minutes. It goes very well with plain steamed rice.
Ambode: Ambode is masala vada made with dill and Bengal gram.
Dill Stir-fry: Dill is called sabbasige soppu in Kannada and is used in Karnataka cuisine to make stir fry, dals, fritters, and much more. This simple stir fry served with rotis or rice is an easy weekday meal.
Coriander chutney: Chutneys are an essential part of south Indian breakfast. This is the most common breakfast chutney made in South India and goes very well with idli, dosa, rotti, etc. This aromatic chutney can be made in minutes and is a great accompaniment to finger foods.
Mint Chutney: The Indian street food and snacks are incomplete without this versatile chutney. This spicy condiment is made with mint or pudina as the main ingredient.
For more ingredient-specific recipes, click here.