One of the things that’s easy to take for granted in this part of the world, is having access to fresh green vegetables all year round.
If one has space to grow their own, even better. If you do not and have to buy, it is ok as they are not only inexpensive, but come in many different varieties to please different palates.
Amaranth leaves are more commonly known in Uganda as “Dodo” and in Kenya as “terere” or “mchicha.” It is on rotation in our meals a lot. It is rich in vitamins, easy to digest, low in calories and is a great immunity booster.
In this simple recipe, I used red amaranth leaves which are also rich in antioxidants, and gave the veggie mix a bright red color. Green amaranth leaves can work just as well too, minus the red colour obviously.
Let us get started:-
⁃ Half a head of cabbage, chopped.
⁃ I small bunch of amaranth leaves. I used red but green can work well too.
⁃ 2tbsp ghee.
⁃ 1 tsp mustard seeds.
⁃ 1 large onion, sliced.
⁃ 1 tsp of crushed ginger and garlic.
⁃ 2 tomatoes, chopped.
⁃ 1 tsp dhania jeera powder.
⁃ 1/4 tsp ground turmeric.
⁃ Sliced bell pepper (optional).
⁃ Salt and pepper to taste.
⁃ A pinch of garam masala.
⁃ 1 small lemon halved.
⁃ Clean and chop all vegetables.
⁃ Heat pan, add ghee and mustard seeds. Once they sizzle a bit, add the onion and let cook till it is soft and translucent.
⁃ Add the ginger garlic paste and mix in well.
Once it’s cooked a bit add the tomatoes and cumin / coriander powder as well as some salt and pepper.
⁃ Let the tomatoes cook down then add the veggies.
Mix well and let cook for not more than ten minutes. You don’t want to overcook them. Leave uncovered.
⁃ Check your seasoning and add the garam and squeeze half a lemon over the veggies.
Serve hot with rice, ugali or chapati. It’s a perfect side dish but also yummy and healthy enough on its own.
Definitely worth a try don’t you think?
Try and let me know how yours turned out.