Malabar Spinach (Green)
Malabar spinach is not a true spinach, but rather a climbing vine in a class by itself. Other common names include Vine Spinach, Red Vine Spinach, Creeping Spinach, and Ceylon Spinach. Even though it’s not true spinach, it has the same taste.
Malabar Spinach Uses:
- Malabar spinach leaves can be substituted for true spinach in soups, curries, omelettes and soufflés.
- Leaves of Malabar spinach are chewed raw to treat mouth ulcers.
- A cup of Malabar spinach juice mixed with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder is applied to enhance skin complexion.
Malabar Spinach Benefits:
Rich in Vitamins & Minerals - Malabar spinach is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, and calcium. It has a high amount of protein for a plant and is also a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Anti-ageing - the antioxidants present in Malabar spinach such as beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin helps to prevent the ageing process by protecting cell damage.
Gastroprotective - the mucilage content aids in smooth digestion, prevents absorption of cholesterol and helps in easy passage of stools.
Malabar Spinach Recipes:
Malabar Spinach Chutney
It is one super healthy and tasty chutney from coastal Karnataka. Spicy flavorful Malabar spinach chutney, hot rice plus some ghee/coconut oil on top.. now that’s what defines homely comforting food, isn’t it ? This dish is an easy and very healthy way to sneak greens into your diet.
Malabar Spinach Stir Fry
This simple malabar spinach recipe is stir-fried with ginger. Not only is this easy but the ginger adds an extra layer of flavour to the dish.
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