Dhekia xaak are the edible ferns found in Assam. It's binomial name is Diplazium esculentum. This vegetable fern is available throughout Asia and know by different local names. In northern India this edible fern is known as linguda.
Dhekia xaak is very native to Assamese cuisine. The tender parts of dhakia xaak are stir fried with potatoes and chickpeas. Sometimes it is stir fried with fermented bamboo shoots, tomatoes or raw mango. The dish is served as a side dish with steamed rice.
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Dhekia Xaak Bhaji | Stir Fried Vegetables Ferns
- 1 bunch of dhekia xaak or edible ferns.
- 1 potato
- 1/4 cup of black chickpeas
- 2 green chillies, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp mustard oil
- salt to taste
- Wash dhekia under running water.
- Cut off the hard stems. Keep only the tender parts.
- Chop the dhekia xaak. Keep aside.
- Peel potato and cut into pieces. Keep aside
- Soak black chickpeas overnight. Drain and keep aside.
- In a pan heat oil. Add chopped onions. When crackling add turmeric powder.
- Add potato pieces and chickpeas. Fry for 4-6 minutes.
- Add chopped green chillies and chopped dhekia xaak.
- Add salt.
- Cook till potatoes, chickpeas and dhekia xaak become soft and tender by covering the pan in low heat.
- Remove from heat.
- Serve as a side dish with steamed rice.