Rushi Chi Bhaji
WHAT IS RISHI PANCHAMI?
Rishi is translated as Sage and panchami is translated as fifth day. Rishi Panchami signifies the day when the Saptrishis, the seven sages are honored for their great deeds that they have done for the mankind. It is commemorated on the shukla paksha’s day five, hence referred to as panchami. It falls after Ganesh Utsav in Bhadrapad month.
Saptrishi imparted the knowledge and encouraged people to gain enlightenment. They even shared their knowledge with common people. On this day various rituals are conducted. It is said that observing fast and conducting rituals on this day will free you from all the past life sins.
RISHI PANCHAMI CHI BHAJI
It is a mix of various vegetables that are beneficial for our body. It is specially made during Rishi Panchami in Maharashtrian households. Seasonal vegetables along with tubers are incorporated in this dish. Only those vegetables are used wherein ox is not used for farming.
Although cooking time of the vegetable is low but it takes a lot of time from preparation and cleaning the vegetables. Earthen pots were used and since every vegetable has a different cooking time they were often cooked separately. But, nowadays, it is cooked together using a pressure cooker.
CONTENTS IN PACKET
We have made a perfect packet for beginners who are looking forward to make Rushi chi bhaji. Our packet includes dehydrated Rushi chi bhaji.
How To Cook
Step 1: Add dehydrated bhaji to 200ml water.
Step 2: Cook the bhaji on low heat for 10 mins. Serve hot with bhakri / chapati.
HOW TO MAKE RISHI CHI BHAJI (TRADITIONALLY)
Colocasia leaves also known as Alu (arbi) Leaves, Amaranth (Maath) Leaves, Corn kernels, Lady’s finger, Elephant foot, Ridge Guard, Raw Banana, Snake guard (Ghosala), and Green peas are used to make this recipe.
Some people also add peanuts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. It is spiced up using green chilies and seasoned using pink salt, jaggery and coconut. Due to presence of colocasia leaves Jaggery is added to the recipe. Tamarind can be replaced using fresh curd.
In a cauldron ghee is added along with green chilies that are vertically sliced into two parts. Colocasia leaves and amaranth leaves are added first and then other veggies are added. It is seasoned with pink salt and jaggery, and then enclosed with a lid. After about 5 minutes tamarind pulp is added and garnished with coarsely grated coconut.
It is very beneficial for improving digestive function and keeps away problems like constipation, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, etc. It has a high content of dietary fiber which aids in weight loss. It contains good carbs which help to manage blood sugar levels. Free radicals that might cause serious ailments are take care by consumption of this delicious and healthy recipe.
It contains crucial phytonutrients which not only reduce inflammation but also help to boost immunity. High content of iron makes it ideal for treating anemia Oxidative strain caused by free radicals are taken care by antioxidants like beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, etc.
It is gluten free thus it is appropriate for people who are gluten intolerant. Its consumption is good for skin and hair. Hair loss can be regulated by its regular consumption. It is loaded with proteins and has very low fat content. It is also known to restrain hunger.
Bone health is improved by its consumption as it has high calcium content. It is highly valuable for pregnant ladies as it reduces the chance of having any neural defect that might affect brain development.
The significant amount of Vitamin A present in it is beneficial for improving vision.