ayurvedic recipes for young sprouts
08 September 2020

Kshemakutuhalam chapter 8 part 19- good food, healthy life

Having read about flowers being used in cooking, let’s now move on to know the pallavas or the young sprouts which are used in cooking… It’s thrilling to know the minute details which the author has given importance to with regard to cooking various parts, making sure that no tiny part is left out too… Though there are less number of sprouts explained, the qualities and procedures mentioned are quite interesting. Read on for more information….

1. Sprouts of koshataki – Tender leaves of koshataki, which are commonly called as ridge gourd, are crushed and dipped in buttermilk along with desirable spices for sometime.. it is then fried in oil, until soft and then added with salt and asafoetida.. This dish improves strength and nourishes the body.

2. Mango sprouts – Tender leaves of mango are crushed, is fried in ghee along with rock salt. It is then flavoured with raamata (asafoetida)…

There is another preperation of mango sprouts, where they are fried (or dipped ???) in ghee which is containing sugar… It is then added with cloves, ginger and other desirable spices… This dish is said to be very appetizing…

3. Sprouts of nimba – Tender leaves of neem are fried in ghee. It is then added with buttermilk containing salt… This product is cooked with tandula (rice grains) and asafoetida… Author tells that, just tasting this preparation a little is enough to stimulate digestive fire.. This statement suggests that, the end product here is a semisolid dish which is lickable…

Author is of the opinion that, this kind of preperation with neem is cold in potency.. it is light for digestion. Surprisingly it is said that, this dish treats burning sensation and also increases digestion..It is good for people suffering from vomiting, skin disorders etc…

With the descriptions of these three type of sprouts/tender leaves, author ends this part of the chapter…. Next he moves further to describe the ‘dhanda’ i.e. stems used as vegetables

Stay tuned for more updates !!! Happy time !!!

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