The section or the chapter concerning recipes of vegetables have been very extensive and covers almost all of the common ones which were consumed in the medieval period….. The fact that the country dint have access to vegetables like capsicum/bell pepper, tomatoes, green chillies etc gets clear with the descriptions in the book. Most of the spice used was jeera, black pepper, asafoetida and various varieties of oils according the recipe. So continuing further with the same chapter, let’s have a quick look at some more vegetables described….
1. Vishaana – this plant is scientifically called Trips bispinosa…. A young fruit of this plant is cut into two pieces and then fried in ghee with asafoetida and rock salt. This fruit apparently is cold in potency but improves strength, easy for digestion.
2. Udumbara – this is nothing but fruit of a fig tree… An unripe fruit of fig tree is steamed in sour buttermilk. It is then cooked in ghee, added to veshavara and sprinkled with rock salt as per taste.
Fig fruit is astringent and little sweet. It is cold in potency. It can be an ideal choice for people with bleeding disorders. It can also be a good diet for people with urinary issues. It is slightly constipating on overuse. So people with hard motions need to consume it with care.
3. Karkati phala – this is commonly called as snake cucumber. Skin and seeds of this fruit is removed. It is then cut into round shaped pieces. Cooked by dipping in ghee and prepared as broth.
In another way of its preperation, pieces of snake cucumber is cooked in ghee and milk. To this pepper and sugar are added. Cardamom can be added for better taste and flavour. This dish as told by the author is very spicy and improves taste. This recipe seems to be a little wierd with pepper and sugar at the same time!!! Well, may be we can try this someday.
If we analyse the properties of snake cucumber, author says it is cold in potency. It increases pitta and is actually constipating if not prepared in the right method. But very ripe fruit can also act as laxative….
4. Fruit of shami tree – A fruit of shami tree must be selected which has tender seeds. This must be steamed in water and prepared in the form of praleha along with curds, salt and black mustard ( may be in the form of kalka/paste ???).
This fruit is said to be light. It improves taste. It is good for skin health too. It is given as an ideal diet ofr people with hemorrhoids. It improves appetite and is a mild laxative. It increases pitta and improves intelligence.
So, well, this was about four more vegetables…. Hope this was interesting… Let’s discuss many many more vegetarian recipes in the coming days…
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