Why Do We Hate Lauki, Torai & Tinda So Much?

The world is run by millennials today. There is this age-old concept of “gross Indian vegetables”, which has become even more problematic now that we have Instagram. We are moving more towards pleasing the crowd that follows us on social media than our very own selves. It so happens that the Indian greens suffer the brunt of this movement. We indulge so much in healthy food now, but while salads and Mediterranean food is trending, our forlorn Indian greens are excluded from our daily lives. Why? Here are some things about Indian greens that you need to know:

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1. Be Nice To Lauki

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When I find someone eating Zucchini Fries and then make a face at Lauki Ka Pakoda, I get really pissed. I mean what’s your actual objective? Do you mean to tell me that zucchini for some vague reason is a healthier/tastier option than lauki? TBH zucchini is just a fancy cucumber. Or are you so engrossed in the western trends that the bland taste of zucchini suits your palate more than the classic Indian gourd?

2. Turai & Tinda Are Not Bad Either

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I know there is a nostalgic hatred attached to these veggies. But as you grow up, you learn to love things like avocado, prepared in the weirdest ways. But why is it that Indian torai and tinda are bashed, even by the health conscious people? I still feel that Indian preparations of these very vegetables are any day more palatable than the imported bland vegetables. Not to mention, infinitely a healthier option without their “good fats”!

3. Gobhi Has It’s Own Unique Taste

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Also smack your palate a little with Indian flavours. If you tell me you prefer broccoli over gobhi in your Indian preparations, I would be very disappointed. Maybe it’s my own palate which is conditioned to love the flavours of gobhi aloo, that I can’t even imagine broccoli in a savoury dish. Yes, they do taste well if tossed in butter. But so does gobhi, try it!

4. Spinach Is Not Just Saag

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Maybe it’s because we do not know how to use it in our regular meals. But spinach is not something you only eat as saag or in your palak paneer! You can experiment with palak and eat it with your salads. It can be a substitute for Chinese cabbage and even lettuce! Wash them, chop them and use them the way you use lettuce in any salad of your choice. Do I even need to reiterate the benefits of eating palak? I am sure Popeye made that point pretty clear.

5. Bhavnagari Peppers Exist

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I am sure you have not even heard of these things. I don’t blame you, neither had I. But that’s where it gets problematic. These chillies are a perfect substitute for jalapenos, just marinate them in lemon and mustard and chop chop! See? Easy. But we don’t even know about them! So much for knowing our roots.

If Make In India Campaign is going to get anywhere, we need to start reflecting it in our food habits and that is only possible if we are nicer to our Indian greenies!

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