Pointed Gourd Or Parwal
This vegetable is from the gourd family and barely available outside India. A vegetable which is mostly prepared during summers doesn’t have an English name technically. Although a lot of people do not like this vegetable, which is the case of most healthy vegetables, it has minimum calories in it. It also helps you to lower your cholesterol! Aloo Parwalki Sabzi is a very welcoming dish in many households.
Drum Sticks are another category of Greens which are extremely beneficial for health, especially for small children and pregnant mothers. Drumsticks help in strengthening your bones. It also helps clear chest congestion and even helps you fight against other respiratory diseases! The most common dish in India using Drumsticks is sambhar!
Fenugreek Leaves or Methi is not really cooked as a vegetable outside of India. But we use plenty of Methi in our cuisine, the best part of which is that it is very healthy for you. Methi helps in cleansing your kidneys. If you’re suffering from diabetes, it is the most natural way to regulate and control your insulin levels. More Methi Paratha, someone?
In the Indian cuisine, there are a variety of ways this vegetable can be cooked. It is richly abundant with antioxidants which will detoxify your body and clear all toxins. Plus, the bitterness of the vegetable is a great boon for those who might have a family history of diabetes and will be beneficial for them to avoid it. The Bengali dish Shukto is majorly made with a mix of vegetables which includes drumsticks, too, but the bitter gourd is the star of the dish!
Mustard Leaves are cooked in all parts of India, but they are very good for your health. It is said to contain a high amount of Vitamin K, which is even more than in Spinach.
Plantain Stem & Flower
A lot of cultures cook the Banana Plantain stem and flower. Although different dishes are prepared from the stem and the flower, they both can help you to fight the problem of kidney stones. The diet of boiled plantain stem and flower is best favoured in such cases. They have a high fiber and iron content and have minimal calories. The stem is cooked as a dish called Thor and the flower is cooked as Mocha in West Bengal!
Although the name might suggest that this is a fruit jackfruit is cooked as a vegetable in most parts of India. It has a high potassium content which can be useful in lowering your blood pressure. It also helps in regulating your body’s thyroid hormone.The unripe jackfruit is usually cooked in households. is called the vegetarian Mutton due to a similarity in the texture of both. Kathal ki Sabzi is an enjoyable dish for many!
Bottle Gourd is another common Indian vegetable which is extremely good for you! A glass of its juice in the morning helps in controlling diabetes. Also, who doesn’t love Lauki ki Sabzi?
Spinach is green leafy vegetable which has many benefits for the human body. It has plenty of Vitamin K and lutein which meets the daily requirements of your body. Also, it contains a fair amount of Vitamin C, Potassium, and even Fiber. Palak Paneer, anyone?
Carrots contain around 20% of the daily requirement of Lutein for the human body along with Vitamin K and fiber. Looks like Gajar ka Halwa is healthy after all!
Although Broccoli is not a vegetable which originated in India, owing to its nutrient content, Broccoli has still found a way into Indian kitchens. A lot of supermarkets sell this extremely healthy vegetable. It contains a lot of Vitamin C, K and even protein and lutein.
Peas have a lot of nutrients like Iron which is very good for your muscles. It even contains Folate or Folic Acid which is a vitamin crucial for women before and during the period of their pregnancies. Plus, Peas are delightfully tasty! Boiled Green Peas are one of the most simplistic dishes with Peas.
Tomatoes are helpful as they not only boosts your immunity but gives better vision due to an enormous amount of Vitamin A and C. Tomatoes are usually put in almost all dishes in India.
Green Bell Pepper or Capsicum is another surprise which has a bagful full of nutrients and Vitamin C! One of the most loved vegetables is the Aloo Shimla Mirch ki Sabzi in India.
Okra or Ladies Finger is a common Indian vegetable. We all eat Bhindi all the time. But did we know that it is full of Vitamin K content?
Green Beans are full of fiber, Vitamin K, and even Vitamin C. Cook more with it?
Cauliflower is a vegetable which is a part of most cuisines in India. Not only is it easily available, it is full of nutrients which are good for you. It has an abundance of Folate, Fiber, Vitamin C and K! Be it Aloo Gobi or Gobi ke Parathe, you are getting the best of both worlds!
One might be mistaken that the mighty Potato which is a part of almost all dishes in the country does not have nutrient. Potatoes have a lot of iron, potassium and Vitamin C! No wonder the Bengali cuisine uses potato in every dish!
Corn is a healthy vegetable, which has so many varieties to be cooked. Be it sweet corn kernels which can be boiled and eaten as a snack with Butter, Salt, and Pepper or a Corncob which is roasted on a grill and served with Lemon and Salt, all the variants are equally loved. In fact, the Baby Corn is another variant which is used in many dishes in Indian households. All of these varieties have a high amount of Fructose.
We all know how healthy it is for you; be it Neem Stick which is used as an antiseptic for new piercings or Neem tree which earlier used to be used as the natural toothpaste. It also is used as an antiseptic from various diseases! Neem leaves can be sauteed and served with rice. Although it is extremely bitter for a lot of people, there is so much to this leaf which has a high nutrient content and also boosts your immunity.