Literally go green! Include leafy vegetables in your diet. Here are some easy- to- make recipes

Leafy vegetables are rich in nutrients.

The monsoon is believed to be the ideal season for including lots of greens in your daily diet.

Commonly consumed greens are amaranth, drumstick leaves,

chekkurmanis, pumpkin and colacassia leaves, kozhuppa, thazhuthama, spinach, lettuce and watercress.

Leafy vegetables are low in calories and fat.

Research shows that their daily consumption can help decrease the possible risks of chronic diseases.

As they can be contaminated easily by parasites and bacteria, take care to wash them thoroughly before cooking.

Here are some recipes using any leafy vegetable…

Cheera cutlet

Ingredients

Cheera - 150 gm

Potato - 100 gm

Onion chopped - 150 gm

Green chillies chopped - 2 tbsp

Garlic-ginger chopped - 1 tbsp each

Garam masala - 1 tsp

Pepper powder - half tsp

Egg - 1

Bread crumbs - 100 gm

Salt - to taste

Oil - for frying

Method

Clean and chop cheera. Boil potato, cook well, remove skin and mash well. Heat oil in a frying pan sauté all chopped ingredients till

light brown. Add garam masala and pepper powder. Stir in chopped cheera and sauté for 3-4 minutes and add salt to taste. Remove from heat. Add sautéed cheera to the mashed potato and mix well. Divide the mixture into eight equal parts and shape into an oval cutlet.

Beat egg well, dip each cutlet in the beaten egg and then roll it in the bread crumbs. Deep fry until golden brown and serve hot with sauce.

Drumstick leaves omelette

Ingredients

Drumstick leaves - 75 gm

Onion - 25 gm

Egg - 2

Milk - 2 tbsp

Green chillies - 2

Salt and pepper - to taste

Oil - 2 tbsp

Tomato chopped - half cup

Coriander leaves chopped - 2 tbsp

Method

Wash and clean drumstick leaves. Chop onion and green chillies. Beat eggs well with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a tawa, pour little oil, sauté onion and chillies, then add drumstick leaves and stir for another three minutes. Stir in sautéed mixture and add milk to the beaten egg and mix well. Heat tawa, smear oil and prepare 2-3 omelettes. Garnish it with chopped tomato and coriander leaves before serving. Serve hot.

Cheera – Bread Uppuma

Ingredients

Bread slices- 6 (1 day old)

Cheera or any leafy vegetable chopped - 100 gm

Grated carrot - 50 gm

Chopped onion ginger & green chillies - 1 tbsp each

Curry leaves - few

Oil - 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds - half tsp

Salt - to taste

Method

Soak bread slices in water, squeeze and allow it to drain. Heat oil in a tawa, add mustard seed and chopped ingredients. Sauté for five minutes. Add chopped cheera and grated carrot. Stir well. Add salt to taste. Finally add flaked bread and curry leaves, stir well and serve hot.

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