Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do you toss away this top greens?

Seeing those fresh tender carrots in my farmers market, I fondly remembered my Ooty trip. Probably twice in my life time, I visited this hill station for summer vacation. When the summer heat scorches in most part of Tamil Nadu. People escape for days or week to relax. The foggy weather and the chill morning are the charm. Breathing the eucalyptus oil smell in the air will glue you forever.

You cannot go unnoticeable with fresh, crisp "Ooty carrot" sold by the roadside stalls. That is the only place I have seen carrots with greens. As we never get with green top in our market while returning home we buy some carrots. The time we reach our place and the travel heat makes the leaves wilt. We end up tossing the leaves in trash.

I got some organic carrots from my local market. Those carrots were very appealing, they were tender and slender with lush feathery greens. I was about to toss the green in my recycling bin. Gave a second thought and save it. Wanted to check if they were edible first. To my surprise, the search results are full of controversy. Few debate,the leaves are toxic and many not. I saw many recipes like soup, tea, salad, pesto etc.. and finally wanted to double check if there is any Indian recipes. I landed to Desi soccer mom with carrot greens and another blogger combined with paneer. You can educate more visiting the Carrotmuseum and recipe ideas.

Carrot with leaves

The leaves are edible and highly nutritive, rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. The leaves contains plenty of potassium which may leave a bitter taste. I tasted freshly and didn't found any bitter taste at all!

Note: some people are Allergic so be cautious if you are prone to any allergie. I decided to give a try in chutney/thogayal - Can be mixed with plain rice, or side for dosai or idlis.

I used only leaves not the stem.

Carrot top greens chutney

 Carrot top Greens Chutney/thogayal



Carrot top greens: From one bunch of carrots (approximately 2 cups of leaves)
Fresh Coconut grated: 1/4 cup
Green chillies: 5 to 6 num (reduce to ur spice level)
Tamarind: one to two inch (es)
Ginger: 2 tsp minced or diced
Urad dhal: 1 tbsp
Salt: to taste
Oil: 1 tsp

Oil: 1 tsp
Hing: a pinch
Urad dhal: 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 stp
Curry leaves: few leaves

Pluck the leaves only and rinse in water until you don't find any sand in your bottom of the bowl. Drain in  a colander .
Heat the oil, fry the urad dhal given in ingredient list. next sauté the ginger, tamarind and green chillies.
After few seconds, add the leaves  and sauté just few seconds.
Let it cool completely and grind with minimum water, adjust the salt.

Heat the oil and follow the ingredients one by one, when they crack , stop the stove and mix with the ground chutney.

If it happens to grab some fresh carrot with leaves don't throw away :) Better get some organic, so no fear of pesticide.

Storing tip: When you get the carrots with greens attached.
Snap the greens and wrap with slightly wet napkin in fridge.
Store the carrot with few drops of water in bag for freshness.
If you store both together, the leaves pull the water from the root (carrot).


Latha said...

Chutney looks lovely and a great idea to use the greens.

Bong Mom said...

Good idea Cham. Have used beet greens but not carrot greens.

Prathibha said...

ooty carrots taste best also...we get this w
and coming to this..never knew those carrot greens r edible....lovely creation wid it..

Priya said...

I never throw out the top greens, even recently i tried out soup with them,chutney with carrot's greens looks marvellous and delicious..

Nandini said...

Wow! Fantastic and creative chutney! Nice post dear:)

Shama Nagarajan said...

different interesting chutney

Padhu said...

Chutney with carrot greens sounds yummy!

Curry Leaf said...

AWESOME. Nice us of the leaves.Normally we tend to throw it away.Love the chutney. Cham. Nice tip about the storage as well.

Usha said...

What a creative idea to use carrot leaves in a thogayal ! It looks delicious...

hemalata said...

Chutney with carrot greens so innovative recipe.It looks delicious and colorful,nice preparation.

Laavanya said...

I don't think I've bought carrots with the greens on top - lovely idea to make a thovaiyal with it.

aipi said...

very innovative and approachable recipe..a great idea to use the carrot greens instead of throwing them away- now I am inspired :)
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SS blogs here said...

Great idea to use up the greens. Cheers!

Uma said...

that's a great idea indeed. Being a fan of chutneys myself, I will give this a try. Nice recipe.

lata raja said...

They sold it with the greens in the Saturday market in Ghana....always. I have used them as we would in keerai kootu...have added some extra masala to balance the sting from these.

Srivalli said...

We don't get it with the top greens along with carrot..but sure looks so tempting! Will surely make this next time I happen to find some..

Suparna said...

hey cham,
Ooty n kodai carrots are amazingly fresh and tasty... wow cham chtney with carrot greens looks great never cooked with these b4 :P

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Woo. this is one healthy and innovative dish..
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RS said...

What an creative idea...Looks very delicious...

Sujatha said...

I always wondered what to do with these leaves.. I have used beetroot leaves, but have always been discarding the carrot leaves and then feel guilty of wasting.. this is a healthy and innovative recipe.. nice combo with idly/dosa.. :)

LG said...

Chutney looks delicious Cham. That reminds me about the palya my mom used to make with raddish leaves. They are very nutritive :)

Gulmohar said...

That's cool ! Your mention about Ootty carrots are making me nostalgic :-) I still have pictures from the college tour, all of us holding bunches of these ,like bunnies :D

Vandana Rajesh said...

looks yummy cham...have never used the carrot greens..looks gr8. An award waiting for you at my blog.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Very creative chutney recipe. Looking so good. Those carrots are gorgeous...YUM!

Now Serving said...

what a brilliant idea cham! Absolutely novel - will try next time for sure! Lovely post thanks for sharing this recipe with us :))

Soma said...

I use up radish, beet, carrot green like a stir fry with onion garlic or a mish mash veggie dish with other veggies. This is a new kinda recipe.