Healthy eating is a way of life, so it’s important to establish routines that are simple, realistically, and ultimately – Arthur Agatston
Eating greens are something I love, At least weekly thrice I use different greens in my cooking. when I was in India, I used to use greens every day! But, In India you get so many different varieties as I am in India right now I will try and introduce all the greens I used to use back in those days when I used to live here. I miss them so much especially my hubby! Every day I used to just cook one of the varieties with a dash of salt and serve him!
This boy used to bring different kinds of greens in a big tokari / Butti (Basket oven with jute) tied to a cycle and a big wet cloth on top of it so the greens remain fresh until he sells everything! He used to hang a bottle of water to the handle and sprinkle water now and then to keep it fresh. Some of them use Gonicheela (Go-ni-chee-la) made with jute! Which stays wet for a long time and keeps the greens fresh. My favourite which he always used to get me was Gongkura or Gonkura!
Today I am introducing you to these beautiful greens called Chakothne or Chakkotha spelled as Cha-ko-th-ne and Soppu spelt as so-oppu!! Soppu means Greens! I tried searching for an English name for this and the nearest I have come to is – It’s called Mountain Spinach! When I read the Wikipedia article I thought it might be the same! Anyways If you are in Karnataka try this green and I am sure you will love it.
Chakothne soppu or Mountain spinach are very low in calories and fats. Its leaves hold a good amount of soluble dietary fiber. It is rich in Nutrients like Vitamin – K, C, E, B Minerals – Iron, Calcium, Potassium, and Magnesium.