Takla pronounced as टाकळयाची भाजी is a leafy vegetable that is specifically available during monsoons.
As I was doing my grocery shopping yesterday, I saw a lady selling something that looked like grass along with other vegetables. I got curious and walked up to her to inquire about it. She mentioned that it’s called as Phodshi and is only available during the rains. She also said that it is called Devkrupa bhaji because they do not cultivate it. It grows on its own during the rains each year.
With the first few showers of rain, you get a variety of interesting leafy vegetables which are available just for a short time. One such vegetable is Dragon Stalk Yam which is mainly available just before the monsoons begin. Though you do get it during the rains too though the ones you get just before the rains are said to be tastier.
Malabar Spinach was one of my grandma’s favorite leafy vegetable. Ever since she passed away somehow we never made it even though it is my mother’s favorite too.
Suddenly around 1.5 months back my mother walked in with a Mayalu plant. My joy knew no bounds and I couldn’t resist going down the memory lane and thinking of her. Growing the Mayalu was comparatively easier as compared to growing any other leafy vegetable.