Beetroot Leaf Thoran / Stir Fry

 I was skeptical using Beetroot leaves though have seen some salad-recipe with the same  in the net,
 used to wonder why these huge leaves they keep along with the beets …may be for longer shelf-life
and then during a foodie- chat with my cousin , she assured that they are 100 % edible and tastes even better than spinach when cooked.
I made it here and now I regret for throwing away these leaves till last time.
I must write about my cousin & her In-laws in Georgia  , we  once visited them during a summer time and it was an experience for me , as I have never seen a full swing Backyard Vegetable garden like there’s. 
They grow vegetable’s for there need , gifts’em to their friends and then they have more which they slightly cook and store in zip lock bags  and freeze – that’s for them to use during the winter season…
The most “Productive Home” I have ever seen 🙂
Here are the pictures of our visit to my cousin’s house in Georgia  
Though these were taken 2 years back am now glad that I could post these here 🙂
Some Bitter Gourd’s 
That’s Me & Na and some Snake Gourd’s 
Na with the Vegetable’s that we brought back home…
Now that Na doesn’t know to use computer am saved for the time being 😉 
Great Inspiration to grow vegetable’s for those who own a house with some backyard space. 
Back to Beetroot Leaves Thoran/ Stir fry 
This is a must try dish , try it with your own recipe like the usual way you cook spinach…you’ll like it for sure. 

Ingredients 

Beetroot Leaves – leaves from 4 to 5 Beet’s , chopped 
Spinach – 1/2 bunch chopped (Optional)
Coconut – 1/4 cup 
Onion – 1 medium chopped 
Garlic – 2 no’s crushed 
Red chili Powder – 1 tsp ( adjust as per your preference)
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp 
Curry Leaves – 1 spring (Optional – I didn’t use)
Oil – 1 Tb Sp 
Salt to taste
Method 
* Heat oil in a pan , saute garlic for a few seconds then add the chopped onion , saute till the onions turns golden brown.
* Add Chili Powder and curry leaves stir and then add the chopped leaves , add salt, turmeric powder and stir and combine.
* Cook the leaves  in medium to high  heat till there is no water left in the dish (almost takes 10 to 15 minutes) Stir in between (I cooked’em uncovered) 
* When done , add grated coconut  – cook again for 2 minutes stirring  to combine all the ingredients and switch off the heat.
And its ready ! 
Buying beets is super savings as it can be used to make two different nutritious dishes.
Notes : 
            Sometimes Beetroot leaves alone wouldn’t be sufficient , hence may mix these with some other leaves or Grams/Lentils to increase the quantity, it also makes it extra nutritious.
Cheers 
TN

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