The Nilgiri Mountains form parts of the Western Ghats of India and is well-known for its dense forests and beautiful scenery. It is home to several indigenous communities who rely on organic forest produce for their day-to-day food requirements. These fruits and vegetables plucked fresh from the forests are both delicious and nutritious.
A commonly-consumed green leafy vegetable is the black nightshade (tomato-green leaves/தக்காளிக்கீரை) that grows in the wild. It packs many flavours and is believed to be filled with beneficial medicinal properties. This plant is extensively used by the Adivasis to cure many kinds of health problems, one of them being mouth ulcer. This leaf is very easy to identify as it has small tomatoes sprouting from it. Once these tomatoes ripen their colour changes from green to a shade of purple.
The tribes living here use the following recipe to cook and consume it:
REQUIRED INGREDIENTS :
A bunch of tomato-green leaves (black nightshade)
One onion chopped
Six green chilies slit
Oil (required amount)
Salt (required amount)
Cooking Instructions :
Wash the leaves thoroughly and chop it into smaller pieces
Place the utensil on a stove and pour some oil
Once the oil heats, add a small amount of mustard seeds and let it sputter
Add chopped onions and chilies to the oil and fry them for a few minutes
Once the onions turn brown, add the leaves
Add the required amount of salt and let it cook
Finally, close the vessel for a good 10 minutes
Mix and cook till the water dries out and the dish is ready!
This dish is eaten with rice.
This article has been created as a part of the Adivasi Awaaz project, with the support of Misereor and Prayog Samaj Sevi Sanstha.