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Interesting recipes of chakotha leaves

Chakotha leaves are one of the healthiest leafy greens. They are an integral part of many South Indian dishes. In this blog, we will talk about the benefits of Chakotha and some of its recipes.

 Benefits of Chakotha

1.Helps in fighting cancer

2.Helps in fighting urinary tract infections

3. Maintains Heart health

Now, that we have briefly talked about the benefits of chakotha, let us highlight the recipes of chakotha.

Recipe 1

Chakotha Soppu

Chakotha greens taste yummy in the yogurt gravy! This recipe is easy and just takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cook.

Start the process by taking 3 Tbsp of Chana dal and soak it at least for an hour.  Pick a big bunch of chakotha greens and remove the hard stem and add it to the stalk.

Rinse the greens properly and chop them finely. Now cook them in about 1/2 cup of water. You can use your pressure cooker and cook the greens up to two whistles.

Take  3 tbsp channa dal soaked, 3 Green chillies, 3 Dry Red Chillies, 1 tbsp coriander seeds (optional), 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 cup freshly grated coconut, 1/4 cup Chopped coriander leaves ( 5 sprigs), 1/4 cup water.

Grind this mixture properly with the water, until it turns into a smooth paste. After the greens are cooked, put them in a thick bottomed container and add the smooth paste. Allow this to boil, as this allows the masala get properly absorbed properly in the greens.

Keep stirring, and keep adding extra water if needed( that is if it starts to thicken) . Keep monitoring for 5 to 8 minutes and add salt to taste. Add the beaten curd/yogurt to this, and reduce the flame to medium. Make sure that you don’t overboil, as that would spoil the yogurt.

To keep a check on this,  you can notice small bubbles forming at the edge of the container. This is when you can switch off the stove and place it on to a heat resisting mat.

Allow it to cool down for a while. Your Chakotha Soppu is ready 🙂

Recipe 2

Chakotha Huli

Chakotha Huli is one of the most popular kinds of sambhar in South India. The process of cooking it is quite easy. You can see it below.

Start the process by taking 2 Tsp of oil in a pressure cooker and heating it. Now splutter 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds and add few curry leaves, cup of yellow lentils and  2 cups of finely chakotha greens. Stir this for a while. After this, add 2 Tsp of sambhar powder,2 Tbsp of peanuts and 4 cups of water. Close the lid and allow the pressure cooker to have 3-4 whistles. Let the steam subside.
Soak one small sized ball of tamarind in warm water and extract the pulp. Keep this aside.
Once the pressure cooker cools down, open the the lid add the tamarind pulp and 2 Tbsp of jaggery and bring to a boil for 5 mins.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

With this, we have come to the end of our blog. We hope you enjoyed these recipes. We would love it if you share some of your recipes with us as well 🙂

 

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