28 June 2008

What is this?


Can you name these leaves?


I picked these leaves at the market yesterday for their freshness and pretty shape. The vendor didn't help me much with a name in any language I knew. All he said was they tasted sour, which they did as I promptly tasted and tested. I think they'd do well in a salad with other veggies, but my husband thinks they should be ground into a lovely chutney. Can you tell me what these leaves are and how they are used in cooking? This is not a guessing game and all information and suggestions are welcome.

13 comments:

indosungod said...

It is Gongura or sorrel leaves. There are lots of recipes :)

Jayashree said...

Looks like gongura leaves to me....

bee said...

gongura/red sorrel.

bee said...

they make a fantastic dal. will post the recipe soon. you can google 'gongura dal' or gongura paapu.

Kalai said...

Jyostna, it looks like gongura leaves. They're used a lot in Andhra cooking. You can make dal out of it, chutney, or cook it in combo with non-veg items (chicken, mutton, prawns). Hope this helps! :)

Hima said...

It is called Gongura in Telugu. Sorrel leaves I guess in english.

TBC said...

Bay Laurel leaves? I don't know... I would have guessed better had there been some incentive.;-)

sra said...

Jyothsna, the leaf in the centre of the photo definitely does not look like a normal gongura leaf, tho' the other similarities are there - the split leaves and the red at the spot where the leaves join the stem. Gongura leaves usually taper off to a point, these are rounded and look thicker than gongura.
The leaves in the right bottom corner resemble gongura, tho'. Just google gongura and check. I did, before I wrote this thesis. ;)
And please let us know what it is - I'm curious now.

Tee said...

This definitely is ghongura or as we call it in MArathi ''Ambadi''. You can make chutney or bhaaji with it. Tastes delicious.

Jyothsna said...


Thankyou everyone for enlightening me :) Will google for recipes.

Kalai - Thanks for all those options...

Sra - Ok, I *am* lost now! I'll stick to the popular opinion:)

KALVA said...

gongura / sorrel /Chukka baji

Andhra Flavors said...

Yes gongura in english sorrel leaves. U lucky got serrel leaves.
You can make with this mutton curyy. gongura mutton is very famous in india. and gongura chutney too...

Asha said...

Didin't recognize this at all but as I read here, it's Gongura!:D