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green leafy vegetables in NJ

Discussion in 'Indians in Edison' started by hasitha257, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. hasitha257

    hasitha257 New IL'ite

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    hi all...
    im new to new jersey.....
    can any one help me in finding green leafy vegetables in edison,NJ like:
    1.gongura (red sorrel)
    2.chukka kura (khatta palak/ambat chuka),
    3.thota kura (amarnath leaves)
    4.bachali kura (pohi/poi leaves)
    5.gangavalli kura (purslane leaves)

    i don't know if im right with the english/hindi names of these vegetables...
    i found them by googling.....(correct me if im wrong:))

    can any one say me where can i find....im really dying to eat green leafy vegetables...
    so pls pls help me...........
    me n my husband love green leafy vegetables but unable to find them here...
    i found gongura(sorrel leaves) in subji mandi/apna bajar but every time i prepare this curry i used to find small hair(one we find when they do hair cut for men).....:eek:mg::eek:mg:
    i stopped bringing it.....

    so pls help me...

    Thanks
    hasitha
     
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  2. tashidelek2002

    tashidelek2002 IL Hall of Fame

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    There are a lot of green leafy vegetables here in USA that are not on your list: have you not even tried them? Kale, collards, mustard greens, swiss chard, spinach...... It will be much easier for you if you start eating them and enjoy the Indian veg when it is available to you.
     
  3. navs23

    navs23 Platinum IL'ite

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    Agree with tashidelek, it might be hard/impossible to find most of the indian greens here, but there are quite a lot of greens available here as well.

    We love turnip greens which are not too bitter and taste similar to our greens.
    Dandelion is very bitter, but very very good for the health.
    Swiss chard comes in pretty colors(rainbow swiss chard) and very appetizing(to the stomach and the sight as well).
    We also get Methi leaves in few farmers market these days.
    Broccoli greens(rabe I think) are healthy but little bitter.
    I have known people cooking the beetroot greens, kohlrabi greens as well, havent tried it though :bonk
     
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    mrudula Senior IL'ite

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    hi

    is ur name hasita? its a very nice name
     
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    tashidelek2002 IL Hall of Fame

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    navs:
    Two of my favs are lacinato kale and collards. As to dandelion greens, they are good only early in the spring and small (collect from spring weeding!). If they are big or in summer, they are quite bitter. The early ones are hardy more bitter than methi.
     
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    hasitha257 New IL'ite

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    hi tashidelek and navs.....
    thanks a ton....
    no i never tried these.....
    im unable to understand what can i prep with these?:bonk
    can i prep dal and subji like with our leafy vegetables or should i have them like salad????
    can i know where can i get them in edison?
    ya i know methi n palak....i prep dal with those....
    but looking for more green leafy veg.....
    can u help me with these????????

    Thanks,
    hasitha...
     
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    hasitha257 New IL'ite

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    thanks mrudula....
    ya my name is hasitha....
     
  8. tashidelek2002

    tashidelek2002 IL Hall of Fame

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    Hasitha:
    The ones I listed are for cooking (add to list the old standby cabbage). They will be in section of the produce (vegetable) section of the market all together. In an adjacent section will be salad greens like lettuce, boston lettuce, leaf lettuce, romaine, and also baby spinach for salad and spring mix which is all baby leaf greens. If you are into salad I would recommend getting a salad spinner which spins out excess water.
     
  9. navs23

    navs23 Platinum IL'ite

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    Hasitha,
    I usually use these greens to prepare:
    Dal greens(toor dal),
    Curry/fry/poriyal(with alu, eggs, however creative you can get :),
    Sambar(toor dal),
    Kootu(green gram dal or channa dal)
    Masiyal/Mash - this is similar to palak.
    Roti - just like methi or palak roti
    Kuzhambu/Tamarind gravy - with tamarind and spices.

    I was not sure if we can share web links,so feel free to google for these recipes.:thumbsup
    I dont have an idea about where you can find these in NJ, NJ ilites might be able to help on this.

    Tashidelek,
    I too like Kale and Collard greens :) Thanks for the tip on buying Dandelion greens, maybe I picked the wrong kind/wrong season and it turned out really bitter, will give it a try during spring :thumbsup
     
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