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 Benefits of Colocasia Leaves, Arbi ke Patte, Taro Leaves

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Benefits of Colocasia Leaves, Arbi ke Patte, Taro Leaves

Colocasia leaves are green coloured heart shaped leaves of the plant which is rich in many nutrients. When buying these leaves look for light and bright green leaves which are fresh, not limp. While colocassia root is more commonly eaten by many, its leaves also find place in our kitchen. The most famous is the Lavingya Patra. Rolling these patras is a skill which needs to be developed, however it is easy once you start doing it. 

 Lavingya Paatra

 Lavingya Paatra

Colocasia leaves are commonly known as Elephants Ears due to its shape. Also known as Taro leaves in English, in other languages it has own its unique names. It is called… 

 Arvi ka Saag in Hindi
 Alu che paan in Marathi
 Alu na paan in Gujarati
 Kochu in Bengali
 Sarue in Odiya
 Seppam Ilaigal in Tamil
 Shamangadde in Kannada
 Chembu Ilagial in Malayalam
 Chama Akulu in Telugu

6 Health Benefits of Colocasia leaves (Arbi ke Patte / Taro Leaves)

1. Promotes Eye Health : Colocasia leaves are a very good source of vitamin A – an important vitamin which helps in vision. It also prevents macular degeneration associated with age and can also help in delaying the onset of cataract. You would be surprised to know that 1 cup of chopped Colocasia leaves fulfils your entire days requirement of vitamin A. Try having Colocasia leaves in the form of famous Maharastrian Style Paatal Bhaji.

 Maharashtrian Patal Bhaji, Paatal Bhaji

 Maharashtrian Patal Bhaji, Paatal Bhaji

2. Boosts Immune System : This impressive benefits of taro leaves comes from vitamin C – a nutrient which is important to build your WBC (white blood cells) and thus immunity. These immune cells form the line of defense against bacteria and virus. You can try Colocassia Leaf Raita to add a dose of vitamin C to your diet. 

 Colocassia Leaf Raita, Healthy Arbi Ke Patte Raita

 Colocassia Leaf Raita, Healthy Arbi Ke Patte Raita

3. Builds Healthy Heart : The fiber (1.3 g / cup) in taro leaves helps to reduce the cholesterol levels in the body, while the potassium will help to maintain normal blood pressure. Moreover, these taro leaves are also a good source of folate (56.7 mcg / cup) which is a key factor in protecting you from heart diseases.

4. Prevents Cancer : The 2 key nutrients vitamin A and C also ensure to keep you away from chronic disease like cancer. They act as powerful antioxidants to play this role.  

5. Maintains Healthy Digestive System : The fiber in Colocasia leaves help to add bulk to stools and helps in their easy movement though the digestive tract. All you need to remember is to not make any fried delicacy using colocassia leaves as excess fat hinders in its effect on body. Try Lavingya Paatras a snack filled with fiber. 

6. Aids in Weight Loss : The low calorie count of Colocasia leaves makes it a wise choice for weight watchers and diabetics. A cup of colocassia leaves adds only 25 calories to your meals. With correct addition of spices you can make up a delicacy in no time. Try the high protein, high fiber rich Colocassia Leaf Usli.

 Colocassia Leaf Usli

 Colocassia Leaf Usli

Colocasia leaves are extremely wholesome and contains nutrients in varied amounts. Benefit from its nutrients with these falvourful dishes. Simply remember that raw colocassia may be little irritating to the throat and can cause scratches in the mouth, so always prefer consuming them after cooking – be it steaming or cooking. 

These low calorie leaves not only help in keeping obesity at bay, but has a hand in cleansing digestive system and building a healthy immune system. Let’s look into its nutrition fact in detail. 

Nutritive Information for Colocasia Leaves / Arbi ke Patte / Taro Leaves :
1 cup of chopped colocassia leaves is about 45 grams
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.
Energy – 25 calories
Protein – 1.8 g
Carbohydrate – 3 g
Fat – 0.9 g
Fiber – 1.3 g

4625.1 mcg of Vitamin A = 96.4% of RDA (about 4800 mcg)
5.4 mg of Vitamin C = 13.5% of RDA (about 40 mg)
56.7 mcg of Folate (vitamin B9) = 28.4% of RDA (about 200 mcg)
0.09 mg of Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) = 6.2% of RDA ( (about 1.2 to 1.6 mg for men) 
0.18 mg of Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) = 6.2% of RDA (about 1.4 to 1.9 mg for men)
See full nutritional details of colocassia leaves in Colocassia Leaves glossary click here.

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benefits of colocasia leaves, arbi ke patte, taro leaves

Maharashtrian patal bhaji recipe | palak ki patal bhaji | healthy patal bhaji | with step by step images. patal chi bhaji is a nourishing daily fare which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Learn how to make Maharashtrian patal chi bhaji. To make Maharashtrian patal bhaji, combine the chana dal, colocasia leaves and 1½ cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside. Heat the oil in a non-stick kadhai, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds. Add the prepared paste and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes. Add the chana dal-colocasia leaves mixture, tamarind pulp, jaggery, peanuts and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Serve hot. Colocasia leaves are frequently used in Maharashtrian and Gujarati cooking, not only for their unique flavour but for their nutritional benefits as well. Palak ki patal bhaji, made with colocasia leaves and chana dal, perked up with a special coconut-based masala, is a treat to your palate with its interesting sweet-and-sour flavour. Patal chi bhaji is a great dish to have during all three trimesters of pregnancy when a woman’s iron requirements are very high. This Patal bhaji is also an excellent source of protein, folic acid and fiber. Fibre is needed to keep constipation at bay – a common problem faced during pregnancy. Iron and folic acid are needed for baby’s growth and development. Healthy patal bhaji gets its share of iron and folic acid from colocasia leaves and protein from chana dal. It gains both soluble and insoluble fiber from these 2 ingredients. Moreover, the vitamins A and C act as antioxidants and maintain cell health. Heart patients and those with high cholesterol can also enjoy this palak ki patal bhaji as a part of their daily meal. Prefer to reduce the quantity of jaggery or eliminate it completely from the recipe. Enjoy it with hot phulkas to make a healthy meal! Tips for maharashtrian patal bhaji. 1. Wash the colocasia leaves very well to get rid of all the dirt. 2. Prefer grated coconut than roughly chopped to make so as to get a smooth paste. 3. Do not over cook the chana dal. It should lend a good mouth feel. Enjoy Maharashtrian patal bhaji recipe | palak ki patal bhaji | healthy patal bhaji | with step by step photos.
Colocassia leaves are a common ingredient in Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine. It is used to make wadi, paatra, and other such tasty dishes. Here is another tasty dish using this diabetic-friendly ingredient. You can make delicious Colocassia Leaf Raita by combining this low-carb leaf with curds, lemon juice, and an aromatic and flavourful tempering that enhances the subtle taste of the leaves. Use low-fat curds to curb the fat content. Serve them with Methi Crispies or Spicy Pudina Khakhras to enjoy a light snack.
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 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional dish that is tasty and healthy too, Lavingya Paatra involves cooking thin layers of a besan-based paste rolled up in baby colocassia leaves. Generally, our ancient cooking techniques have some significance. Here, for instance, the colocassia leaves impart calcium to build strong bones. Serve with a chutney of your choice.
 by Tarla Dalal
Colocasia leaf is frequently used in Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine in preparations like paatra and wadi. Now, it is time to think beyond these and find many more flavourful ways to include this iron-rich ingredient in your diet. A variant of the popular South Indian dry subzi made of vegetables and dal, this Colocasia Leaf Usli is a delicious way to bid goodbye to anaemia. Make this dry subzi using the easy steaming method described here.
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Benefits of Colocasia Leaves, Arbi ke Patte, Taro Leaves
 on 29 Oct 20 01:50 AM

Excellent nutritional information I grew up on Colocasia leaves cooked like spinach with dried chillies garlic ginger and tamarind. we have it with daal and rice or chapati. You can add chickpeas too. It is delicious. Comic Asia is grown near river and in Mauritian it is called Katchou Thank you
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks for the feedback !!! Keep reviewing recipes and articles you loved.
29 Oct 20 09:11 AM