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Move over kale, here are 5 desi veggies that are just as nutritious

Published on:3 June 2021, 16:14pm IST
Kale has become hugely popular all over the world because of its nutritional properties, but why can’t we lean on some of our desi veggies that are equally good?
Geetika Sachdev
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These desi veggies have a bounty of benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

In the last few years, health and fitness has become a buzzword. Although that’s a step in the right direction, we are a little over saturated with information about foods like avocado and kale. There’s no denying that they are full of nutrition, but how much can an Indian survive on kale smoothies and salads? Yes, we hear you ladies. 

Our Indian kitchens are a treasure trove of health and nutrition, and there’s really no reason why we shouldn’t make use of it. That’s why we have for you five desi veggies that are just as nutritious as kale. Excited to know? Let’s go!

1.Spinach or palak

This green leafy vegetable is one of the most nutrient-rich foods you can find on this planet. It isn’t just healthy but also super delicious. Just think of palak paneer or even palak ka paratha — we can’t stop salivating, can you? A rich source of vitamin K, C and D, it also contains dietary fibre, iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Eat this veggie regularly and you won’t just prevent your body from getting anemia, but also heart-related diseases. Spinach also helps to improve your eyesight, skin and hair quality.

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Are you ready to welcome some green goodness to your life with spinach? Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Mustard or sarson

There’s no winter that goes by without gorging on makki ki roti with sarson ka saag! This delicacy is popular in north India, and rightly so. Not only is it lip-smacking, but it also provides a host of nutrients, including vitamins A, C, E and K. Moreover, it contains high quantities of calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and dietary fibre. It also helps to keep your cholesterol levels in check!

3. Fenugreek or methi

Methi can be consumed in a variety of ways; some prefer to have the seeds, while others prefer the leaves. We suggest having both, because they are packed with nutrition. In fact, fenugreek leaves contain all kinds of vitamins and minerals, apart from iron, dietary fibre, protein as well as antioxidants. This veggie can help in the production of milk, especially in the case of new mothers. It also helps to control your appetite and inflammation in the body.

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Grab your greens ladies. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Bathua

Not many people are aware about this green leafy vegetable — yes, we are speaking about bathua. It’s a staple food in the states of Rajasthan, Bengal and Bihar, and can be found commonly in most of their preparations. It contains vitamins A, C and B complex, and has high levels of amino acids, iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. What’s more, it can help to tackle constipation, and also improves the health of your liver.

5. Colocasio or arbi

Colocasia or arbi is a common food in all parts of India. A lot of people eat its roots, but did you know you can also consume the leaves? They are not just abundant in vitamin A and C, but also contain iron, fibre, and folic acid. So, sit back and enjoy this veggie, as it helps to improve your vision, and takes care of the cholesterol levels in your body. And if you are looking to lose weight, then trust arbi to help you keep satiated for long.

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.