Eat- Bathua Raita
Prey- Bathua leaves
After the move to GGN, i was on a hunt for a gym which provides functional training…
Now i dont like sports..NO…but i love having an athletic figure and stamina..(who doesnt!)..so the hunt ended at Crossfit. So 3 days a week i am seen trying to lift a bar, throw some sand bags on a wall, attempt a rope climb (and fail miserably) while competing with burly men who have quadraceps the size of my waistline (FYI my waistline will soon resemble Lara Dutta’s 7 month baby bump, just that i cant blame it on pregnancy)!!
Crossfit requires healthy real food eating and since pizza isnt healthy, i am on the hunt for some healthy food apart from my usual affair with corn in various forms. The markets here are flooded with all sorts of leaves and one particular bunch that caught my eye was Bathua..
Fat Hen, Lamb’s-quarters, Pigweed, Goosefoot are the ‘inglis’ names of Chenopodium album commonly known here as Bathua….i approached an old lady who was choosing plum tomatoes (for her rich shahi paneer i guess!), seeking advise on what to do with leaves and she gave an animated description of the leaves and the recipes using it and 5 times in our 5 minute conversation said ‘beta bathua bahut tasty hai‘ (i cudnt register anything apart from that line!). That was enough to sell me a big bunch of the leaves!!