Aloe Vera Bhaji (Stir Fry)
Ghee Kuwaar Ki Sabji
Note from Mamta : This recipe comes from my late father. He used to grow Aloe in pots. We used its flesh for rubbing on skin. Sometimes he would cook a simple stir-fry with ghee, cumin seeds, turmeric and salt, but we were allowed only a small portion, as it was supposed to be a laxative and have ‘hot’ properties, too much was considered bad for one. In Rajasthan, it is also cooked in a curry sauce. You can use any Curry Sauce of choice. You can even add fresh coconut mince or coconut milk to it. Experiment with mustard seeds and curry leaves, in place of cumin seeds.
As everyone knows, Aloe is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, especially in skin conditions of all sorts. It has analgesic, antiseptic, growth stimulating and astringent properties. This is why it is often used in the treatment of sun burns, cuts, Eczema, and skin allergies. The enzymes in its gel are said to remove dead skin cells and stimulate forming new cells. That is why it is used in many skin products. When ingested, it is supposed to improve digestion and have a de-toxifying effect. This amount will serve 4-6, you are supposed to eat only a small amount.
Recipe pictures courtesy of my aunt Rukmani Garg and plant pictures courtesy of my younger brother Alok Gupta.
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