“RUSHICHI BHAJI” athavla ka kahi? (Did you remember?). If not, here I am to make you nostalgic about our tradition and it’s health benefits.
Ganeshotsava is my favorite festival for years. But apart from modak, the recipe which ruled my heart during this festival was “RUSHICHI BHAJI”. Yes, you heard it right. Well, I am not a vegetable eater. But when my mom and granny used to prepare this vegetable on the occasion of Rushi Panchami I loved it. Little did I know that this vegetable is so nutritious?
On the Second day of Ganeshotsava Rushi Panchami is celebrated. This year it will be celebrated on 14th Sep 2018. Every Maharashtrian household will cook a special dish “Rushichi Bhaji” on this auspicious day. You might be wondering what is so special about this” Rushichi Bhaji” and Why it is prepared?
Rushi Panchami is devoted to “Saptarshi” which means seven rishis. The meals prepared on this day are a glimpse of rishis food and their lifestyle.
SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS IN “RUSHI PANCHAMI BHAJI”
Rushi Panchami Bhaji is an ancient recipe which comprises of mixed veggies of different types. The uniqueness of this vegetable is, only those vegetables which are grown without animal’s labor is used.
No spices, Masala, Curry leaves or any other flavors except green chilies are added to this vegetable it is bland yet delicious
The cooking of this vegetable is done in the same way as it was done by the rushis simple and healthy.
The Ingredients used in the recipe are extremely nutritious, low in kcal and tasty too because of the use of seasonal and fresh veggies. Also, it’s low in fat.
Now let’s have a look at the main ingredients of this recipe and how to cook this delicious recipe.
Amaranth or Lal math leaves
Colocasia leaves (alu leaves)
Okra (Lady Finger)
Corn Cob (Boiled)
Cucumber (Pavsali Kakdi)
Pre-preparation:- The pre-preparation of this recipe requires a lot of time rather than actual cooking. But it’s fine if we are devoting some time to it, as this festival is celebrated once a year. Preparation usually involves washing and chopping all veggies.
Cooking Time:– You can cook all the veggies separately as different veggies have different cooking time. But to ease the procedures you can also cook them together.
And finally coming to the point how this vegetable is cooked? Well, it’s actually very easy.
1) Heat a pan, add ghee and green chilies.
2) Add all the vegetables including corn kernels and sauté for 2 mins.
3) Add sufficient water to cover the vegetables and bring it to a boil.
4) Add salt as per taste and mix very well.
5) Cover and simmer from low to medium flame. Keep stirring the veggies in between.
5) Simmer till all the veggies are cooked properly.
6) Add tamarind juice and cook the bhaji without lid till the raw aroma of tamarind goes away.
7) Add jaggery. Mix well and simmer this bhaji for a minute.
8) Your delicious “RUSHI PANCHAMI BHAJI” is now ready!
You can serve this Rushi Panchami bhaji with Rice Bhakri or you can even have it plain. Believe me, it’s very delicious and even plain bhaji would be super tasty.
HOW HEALTHY IS RUSHICHI BHAJI?
Amaranth is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals and also help in controlling cholesterol. Corn cob has antioxidant property whereas Okra is low in calories and high in dietary fiber which helps to manage your diabetes. It also contains Vit B, Vit C, folic acid and calcium. Yam is a good source of Vit C, potassium and other vitamins. Colocasia leaves are also rich in dietary fiber and protein. They are also low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium and contain Vit B6 and Phosphorus. Jaggery is loaded with minerals and antioxidants like zinc and selenium, which help prevent free-radicals. It also prevents constipation by aiding digestion. Ghee also helps in digestion and increases the absorption of nutrients. So, the conclusion is all the ingredients of this bhaji have their own nutritional benefits which makes it extremely healthy.
I had given a few veggies but you can even add veggies like dudhi, bhopla, etc as per your personal choice and availability. Nowadays you can easily find “Rushi Panchami veg” on the market so you can just directly buy them together rather than opting for single choices.
DIETITIAN’S VERDICT ON RUSHI PANCHAMI BHAJI
Rushi Panchami bhaji is a perfect blend of health as well as taste. As different ingredients in this recipe have different health benefits. From Vitamins, Minerals, Proteins, Fiber, antioxidants this bhaji is extremely nutritious and delicious. Also, the cooking method used to prepare this bhaji is healthy.
Even if you are not a “MAHARASHTRIAN” do try Rushichi Bhaji on this Rushipanchami or on any other occasion. I am sure you will love it. Our tradition is way too healthy than we actually know.
Just a suggestion try this Rushichi bhaji on the occasion of Rushi Panchami itself coz my mom used to say no matter how you cook it. It will always taste good on this day.
I hope you found this article helpful? Let me know your views in the comment section below.
EAT HEALTHY THIS GANESHOTAVA
GANPATI BAPPA MORYA!
~ Ayesha Ghadigaonkar(Food and Nutrition Blogger)