Friday, July 11, 2008

Mixed Greens Mashed

The small patch of land in my backyard that is my vegetable garden is a great source of joy and pleasure. It provides us all through the summer with a regular harvest of some delicious greens and vegetables. Trimming the greens regularly makes them grow that much faster. The frequent rains we have been having so far into the summer has helped tremendously. We have about 4 kinds of greens growing in pots and on the patch. Made into a stir fry or mashed with very few spices the taste of fresh greens is something to be savored.

The vegetable garden is my small connection to my forefathers. The day job I do today does not give even a fraction of the satisfaction that this patch of land provides. The travails and tribulations at my day job and my fond dreams of one day becoming a full time farmer is a story for another post.

This is going to Andrea's Grow Your Own episode #12.

Amaranth Green (Thandu Keerai)

Night Shade (manathakkali)

Swiss Chard

All the greens made their way into this delicious mash. It tastes a lot better than it looks :)


Serves 4-5
1. 3 Cups Mixed greens (Amaranth, Night Shade and Swiss Chard)
2. 1/4 Red Onion chopped
3. 4 green chilies
4. 1 1/2 tsp cumin, pepper and coriander seeds roasted and made into a rough powder
5. 1 tsp ghee

1. In a thick bottomed pan or a pressure cooker heat the oil and saute the onions and green chilies
2. Add the powder and mix
3. Now add the greens and saute till the greens start to wilt and leave it open for a few more minutes.
4. Add the salt and cover and cook till soft or in a pressure cooker for 1 sound.
5. Add a dash of butter and now either using the masher mash the greens or with a hand held blender blend for a few minutes

Serve with rice and a roast of raw banana or taro root.

Recipes for the perfect side dish
1. Raw Banana Fry
2. Plantain Fry
3. Taro Root Fry


  1. Your greens are lovely, ISG :) The garden can be a sanity-saver most days, for me. Have a great Sunday!

  2. You have a green thumb, ISG. I cannot imagine how you grow and nourish those plants. I have a 'killer thumb' and try to stay away from growing plants. Love to hear your story of being a farmer, maybe then I will get some inspiration.

    That is one 'mean' healthy dish, brimming with nutrients and iron!

  3. Healthy dish ISG.Mom makes this with spinach and it is a side dish for our theeyal.I haven't found manathakkali here in US yet..:(

  4. Wow! Those greens look amazing, Indo! You are definitely talented. Amma's growing a bunch of vegetables, too. It's so soul soothing, isn't it? :)

  5. Hi ISG,
    Your 'mixed greens mashed' looks very tasty..
    Do we find all these types of Spinach in American/Indian grocery stores in USA? The only thing I see is "baby spinach" and I don't know the tamil name for it. If you know where I can find them, please share.

  6. Welcome to Grow Your Own! Your mash sounds fantastic. Where did you get the seeds for the greens?

  7. Oh this is lovely green! I don't get innovative with my greens but you have inspired me! :)

  8. Hi ISG,

    Your greens look fabulous! Where did you find "Manaththakkali" Seeds in US?

  9. Your mixed green recipe is nice. Do you also know the incredible medicinal effect of Night Shade (manathakkali)? It is the one & only medicine for Indestinal Ulcer. No other medicine can cure Ulcer permanently. Surgery is not a permanent cure.

    Usage of Night Shade (manathakkali)for Ulcer - Eat the fresh leaves of Manathakkali 12-15 leaves everyday, or blend it and mix with water and drink. Also eat the ripened fruit of it a handful every day (But do not eat the raw green fruit). Within a month your bleeding and pain of Ulcer will be cured and will make you healthy.

    Good health everyone.


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