Grain legumes, Chickpea
Asia, India, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh
18 Feb 21
Sour saga of chana saag: Easier access to tender chickpea greens can promote this nutritious food
Chickpea, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Bihar, Good food, Pulses, Legumes, Saag
To improve the yield of chickpea, these tender leaves are nipped off young plants — this makes the plant bushy as it promotes the growth of lateral branches which help produce more seeds. The leaves are slightly sour in taste due to the presence of oxalic and malic acids. In villages, it was common to see children snacking on them. The farmers would not mind as long as the children plucked only the young leaves at the top. The sour taste is lost if the leaves are washed.
18 Feb 21