Since we in negative inflation right now and the monsoons are back on track, most citizens, including me, wonder why the prices of vegetables and fruit continue to go through the roof. My bhaji wali, who is a sweet woman, even though her manner of speaking borders on the filmy like Sushma Swaraj ( a little high pitched and coy with great lip movement), gets more and more patronising with me as my vegetable buys get more stringent. She professes complete helplessness when asked why the vegetables in her basket are so expensive.
In actual fact the farmers are still selling at the same price they always were.They have not benefitted in the least by rising prices. Its the middleman who is making a fortune.When is the government going to intervene to get things back on track?
Meanwhile greens are the best thing to go back to. They are (relatively) cheap and infinitely tasty.Since we have such a variety we will not get easily bored with our bhajis.
1 bunch of mooli greens
2 tsps oil
1 tsp jeera
4 cloves garlic chopped very fine
1 medium onion chopped
1 handful roasted peanuts
Wash the mooli greens very well. Then dunk in a pan full of boiling water leaves and stalks and all. Cook for 20 minutes in plenty of water. Drain and squeeze out water. Chop.
Heat oil and saute the garlic and onions till soft and golden brown. Add the cooked mooli greens. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add the roasted broken peanuts and cook for 8 minutes more. Serve with chapathis or rice.