Aloe Vera( Gwarpatha/ Grithkumari)
These days everyone knows about the uses of Alovera. It is no more restricted to villages. Even supermarkets n malls sell them. There are umpteen companies selling Alovera gel. But nothing can beat fresh Alovera. Here I am sharing a veg we Rajasthanis make with Alovera. Simple down to earth, no frills
Be careful. Before making this please taste the raw aloe. If it is bitter use it as an applicant don’t eat it.
I used about a cup of chopped aloe gel
1 tsp Kashmiri Lal mirch ( for a spicy veg use tikhalal)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander pwd
Salt to taste
A dot of hing
1 tsp lemon juice/ 1/3 tsp amchoor
2 tsp ghee
Use thick n succulent parts of the plant
Wash the Gwarpatha very well to remove the grit. First remove the thorny sides with a knife. Peel n remove the green skin. We get a transparent jelly that is slimy. Chop into small pieces.
Heat a tsp of ghee in a pan. Add a dot of hing n 1/2 tsp cumin. As the cumin crackles add the turmeric and red chilli pwd Immediately add 1/4 cup of water. ( trick to do it. Hold the spoon with the spices in one hand n hold the water in the other. The minute the spices mingle with the ghee add the water). This way the spices don’t burn n we get a lovely colour . Let it come to a boil. Add the coriander pwd Alovera n salt. Cook stirring it.As the water starts drying add 3/4 cup of water and cover with a lid. Cook on a medium flame for about 8-10 mins. Check to see if the gel has become tender. Add a dash of amchoor or lemon juice. Enjoy