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 Benefits of Dill Leaves, Suva, Shepu

  Last Updated : Mar 30,2019






Benefits of Dill Leaves, Suva, Shepu + Healthy Dill leaves Indian recipes

Suva bhaji or dill leaves is essentially a fresh herb. It has a very strong flavour, aroma and taste of its own along with an eye appealing dark green colour. The dill plant grows to a height of 8-30 inches. The leaves are feathery and fernlike. The plant is a dark sea green in colour, with yellow flowers. Learn about Suva bhaji in detail.

Botanically named as Peucedanum graveolens, locally it has many other names in India - Sowa in BengaliSuva ni Bhaji in GujaratiShepu in MarathiSathakuppai in Tamil and Sabsige in Kannada.  It has significant amount of vitamin Avitamin C and iron along with trace amounts of calciumphosphoruspotassiummagnesium and B vitamins. These essential nutrients play a key role in maintaining overall health. Dill seeds have been used since ages to boost digestion and relieve flatulence, while the leaves are used are various medicinal purposes.

5 Health Benefits of Suva Bhaji (Dill Leaves)

Now that you are well versed about each nutrient that suva bhaji lends us, let’s check out how they help us individually. 

1. Dill Leaves Exhibit Antioxidant Property: Antioxidants are the substances that help in removing the potentially harmful substances called “free radicals” from our body. They prevent or stop cell damage in your body and thus lowers the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. They are also a good way of flushing out toxins from our body. Dill leaves are rich in antioxidants vitamin A and vitamin C. A cup of chopped leaves fulfil 42.5% of day’s vitamin C and 29.9% of day’s vitamin A requirement. Experiment with Suva Palak Methi Subzi for a complete antioxidant boost. 

2. Dill Leaves Maintain Bone Health: Osteoporosis is a disease which affects many people as they age. Protein and calcium are the twin pillars to keep the bones healthy. While protein and calcium can be sourced from sprouts, dals, pulses and dairy foods, we also get calcium from cereals like ragi, nuts like almonds and walnuts, seeds like sesame seeds and fruits and vegetables like broccoliavocado and of course dill leaves too. So don’t forget to add suva bhaji to your list of calcium rich foods. Further to enhance calcium absorption, pair it with a source of vitamin C rich food. Out specially crafted recipes Suva Paneer Dip and Dill and Cucumber Raita suit this purpose perfectly. 

3. Boost Immunity: Our body needs to build white blood cells (WBC) to strengthen our immune system. Suva bhaji with its loads of vitamin C helps us achieve this goal. It enhances the body’s anti-microbial activity and helps fight infections. To benefit from its vitamin C the fullest, freshly chop the leaves and use them immediately. Also try and minimize the cooking time as vitamin C is highly volatile and is lost to some extent on exposure to air and heat. The heartiest way is to use them salad like Bean Sprouts and Suva tossed Salad, which makes a quick satiating snack by itself.

4. Support Weight Loss: A cup of suva bhaji has just 7 calories which barely adds on to your daily calorie count. Similarly it adds only 1 g of carb. Experiment with suva bhaji to not add calories but taste and flavour to your meals. Try our tested recipes like Suva Moong Dal and Suva Buckwheat Roti

5. Dill Leaves Improve Vision: Suva bhaji is also a valuable source of Vitamin A has a major role to play in visual cycle. Try and include suva bhaji at least twice a week to boost your vitamin A levels and improve vision. We have specially designed a healthy vitamin A rich subzi for you – Moong Dal and Suva Bhaji, which has chopped tomatoes as an additional source of vitamin A and antioxidant LycopeneGujarati Suva Kadhi is another nourishing way to make up for your vitamin A and calcium needs. Do try it!

Let’s go through and understand nutrient profile of suva bhaji to begin with.

Nutritive Information for Suva Bhaji (Dill leaves):

1 Cup of chopped dill leaves is about 20 grams
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.

Energy - 7 calories
Protein – 0.6 g
Carbohydrate – 1 g
Fat – 0.1 g
Fiber – 0.2 g

See full nutritional details of dill leaves in Dill leaves (Shepu, Suva) glossary click here.

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 by Tarla Dalal
Do those awesome greens tempt you in the market? Go ahead and pick all of them, and pump them into a delicious dish like this to top up on nutrients like iron, folic acid and antioxidants. This awesome Suva Palak Methi Subzi brings together three different greens with common masalas to yield a fabulous subzi. Chana dal gives more nutrients, as well as volume and a nice mouth-feel to this yummy dish, which pairs beautifully with hot phulkas. Try your hand at making more such delicious and healthy dishes like Cabbage Masala or Sprouted Kabuli Chana and Palak.
Opt for this low-fat, high-calcium dip to accompany your snacks, to make the most of the nutrients while being nice to your waistline! The Suva Paneer Dip is also easy and quick to prepare. Curd and paneer are mixed well and dill leaves are added for a nice herby flavour. This aromatic dip tastes splendid with baked chips or whole wheat breadsticks.
The Dill and Cucumber Raita is an unusual accompaniment to your meal, one that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. A simple tempering and addition of spice powders like cumin or chilli powder are common touches that you expect in any raita. But, this one is nothing short of a specialty. Here the curd-cucumber mixture is perked up with dill leaves that have been sautéed with cumin seeds, garlic and other ingredients. This gives an interesting twist to the cucumber raita making it super aromatic and flavourful. Serve this raita chilled, to relish the crispness of cucumber and the sharp accents of dill. Make your meal interesting with other dishes like Paneer Parathas or Vegetable Pulao .
 
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 by Tarla Dalal
A light and colourful way to begin lunch! Suva, tomatoes and bean sprouts combine beautifully with salt and lemon juice in this tangy, crunchy Bean Sprouts and Suva Tossed Salad. Suva is an excellent source of iron, while bean sprouts and tomatoes are rich sources of vitamin C which helps to absorb iron.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Suva Moong Dal is a tasty and healthy treat, with the pleasant taste of cooked moong dal and the herby taste of dill, perked up with a simple tempering of cumin and onions. Dill being alkaline in nature, this dal is a "go for it" dish for those who complain about acidity. Onions too are very effective against acidity, and this satiating dal is only mildly spiced, so you can enjoy it comfortably without harming your tummy. Also do try other stomach-friendly dals like Hariyali Dal and Mixed Dal .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Mouth-wateringly tasty buckwheat rotis flavoured with aromatic dill leaves, this recipe is a delightful treat for your palate and your stomach. Made with alkaline flours like buckwheat and jowar, these rotis are spiced mildly with common ingredients like green chilli paste and a dash of pepper. It is very important to serve the Suva Buckwheat Roti immediately and fresh, to enjoy its vibrant flavour and interesting texture. Also try other stomach-friendly paratha like Minty Green Peas and Cabbage Paratha or roti like Nutritious Cabbage and Methi Rotis .
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 by Tarla Dalal
The unique taste of suva, fortified by moong dal and spiced with green chillies makes this subzi a must-try. Suva and tomatoes are rich in vitamin A and iron, while moong dal provides the necessary protein . The order of adding ingredients is very important to ensure that all of them are properly cooked without losing their texture and colour, or becoming mushy. Relish steaming hot Moong Dal and Suva Subzi with hot phulkas .
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 by Tarla Dalal
A homely preparation made using chopped dill leaves, besan, curds and other flavour enhancers, one portion of the Gujarati Suva Kadhi is good enough to provide a quarter of a day’s calcium requirement. Curd is an excellent source of calcium, and when you combine it with dill leaves, it gets even richer! The best part is that this healthy recipe is also very tasty. It is amazing how everyday flavouring substances and a traditional tempering result in such a tantalizing aroma and flavour.
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