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Nephaphu : A Diabetic Friendly Vegetable

East India glory bower, Clerodendrum colebrookianum or nephaphu  is a medicinal plant found in Assam. The taste of nephaphu is bitter and is used as a vegetable in Assamese cuisine.

East India glory bower, most commonly known as Nephaphu in Assamese is a perennial shrub with many medicinal values. It's scientific name is Clerodendrum colebrookianum and is found in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia. 

In Assamese cuisine nephaphu is used as a vegetable. Consuming nephaphu is good for diabetic patients.  Besides diabetics, consuming nephaphu is good for treatments of hypertension, cough and rheumatism. (Wikipedia) 

The taste of nephaphu is bitter. Today I am going to share two simple nephaphu recipes. These Assamese style Clerodendrum colebrookianum dishes are served with rice at lunch. 


01. Stir fried Nephaphu with potatoes 

East India glory bower, Clerodendrum colebrookianum or nephaphu  is a medicinal plant found in Assam. The taste of nephaphu is bitter and is used as a vegetable in Assamese cuisine.

📎Course : Side dish 
📎Cuisine : Assamese 
🔪Preparation Time : 10 minutes
♨Cooking Time : 15 minutes
🕞Total : 25 minutes
🍴Servings : 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 small potato 
  • 1 bunch of nephaphu leaves 
  • 1 small onion (chopped) 
  • 1 green chilli (chopped) 
  • 1/3 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • Salt to taste 

METHOD:
  1. Wash nephaphu  leaves under running water. Chop the leaves. 
  2. Peel potato. Chop into small pieces. 
  3. In a pan heat oil. 
  4. Add chopped onions. Fry till translucent. 
  5. Add turmeric powder. 
  6. Add chopped potatoes and nephaphu leaves. 
  7. Add salt.
  8. Mix everything well and cook on low to medium heat. 
  9. Cook until potatoes and nephaphu leaves become soft and tender. 
  10. Serve hot with steamed rice. 


02. Mashed Nephaphu leaves


East India glory bower, Clerodendrum colebrookianum or nephaphu  is a medicinal plant found in Assam. The taste of nephaphu is bitter and is used as a vegetable in Assamese cuisine.


📎Course : Side dish
📎Cuisine : Assamese
🔪Preparation Time : 5 minutes
♨Cooking Time : 10 minutes
🕞Total : 15 minutes
🍴Servings : 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bunch of nephaphu leaves 
  • 1 small onion(chopped)
  • 1 chilli (chopped) 
  • 1/2 tsp mustard oil 
  • Salt to taste 

METHOD:
  1. Wash nephaphu leaves under running water. 
  2. In a skillet boil nephaphu leaves until soft and tender. 
  3. Drain the water. 
  4. Chop the boiled nephaphu leaves roughly. 
  5. Add chopped onions and chillies. 
  6. Add mustard oil and salt. 
  7. Mix everything well and serve with steamed rice. 

Comments

  1. Is this veggie available only in East India?

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    1. Hi Jack, thank you for reading this post. This leafy vegetable is found in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia including India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal; and also in temperate China. In India it is confined to the north-east region including West Bengal and Sikkim.

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