Agathi Leaves with Sweet Potato

Agathi leaves or August Tree leaves are laden with nutrition and full of health-giving properties. Though these leaves are bitter, you may combine them with some sweetish ingredients like pumpkin, sweet potato, or carrot, just to name a few, to make them appetizing.

Here, the leaves are combined with sweet potato and jaggery and the dish is really moreish. Serve this as a side-dish with any meal.

agathi_with_sweet_potato

SERVES 4

Ingredients

300g Agathi leaves

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

½ teaspoon black mustard seeds

4-6 dried red chilli peppers

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

¼ teaspoon asafoetida

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes

¾ teaspoon or more to taste

Jaggery to taste

1-2 tablespoons grated fresh coconut for garnish

 

Method

  1. Separate the Agathi leaves from the stem. Discard the stem. Rinse and coarsely chop the leaves.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium-low heat. Add the mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to sputter, add the red chillies and cumin seeds and stir gently until fragrant.
  3. Add the asafoetida and sweet potatoes and the leaves.
  4. Add salt to taste and ¾ cup/175ml water. Cover and cook until the sweet potatoes and the leaves are done.
  5. Add jaggery to taste and mix. When it melts and blends with the vegetables, remove from the heat.
  6. Garnish with coconut and serve.
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