Two additions to our family and menu

We finally managed to grow some cauliflowers! They are tiny, but good looking.

More hair than wit!

And after many attempts and many doomed seeds and cuttings, we now have four fine agathi trees (sesbania grandiflora). They shot up from zero to twenty five feet in less than a year.

Also known as the hummingbird tree for its showy flowers, this is a leguminous tree that enriches the soil, occupies very little space, and is (supposedly) easy to grow. Also, apparently, short-lived. I’ve been trying to get the red- flowering variety, which is simply stunning, but they are rare. These white ones are lovely too.

The leaves and flowers of the agathi are edible. My grandmother used to make a dry paruppu (dal) curry with the leaves. However, I find the leaves on our trees a little tough. So I pick only a few tender ones, and use more of the flowers. Going to soak some whole moong and make a stir-fry with these.

9 responses to “Two additions to our family and menu

  1. As usual, learnt something new from your post. The agathi flowers look beautiful, made me think how lovely the red ones must be. Your cauliflower has certainly got personality! Happy eating!

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  2. My mother knows them as ‘agasti’ flowers. And it seems when they are tiny they are woven into a kind of gajra. Made with dried strings of the banana stem.
    Your post has opened up a whole host of memories! A big thank you from my amma.

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    • How lovely that sounds! Thanks for the interesting titbit and hello to your Amma 😊🙏
      I remember reading somewhere that agathi is named after Agastya, so all the South Indian names are variants of that.

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  3. Just this week, after coming back from Chennai, I was asking the local vegetable vendors in Pune about agathi keerai. They had no clue. I grew up to the tradition of making Agathi Keerai every Dwadasi and also feeding them to the cows on Ekadasi.. 🙂
    I did not know that it is a tree. I always thought it is a plant like a spinach.

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