Nutritionist Sheela Krishnaswamy shares must-have herbs and vegetables in your kitchen garden


On this episode of #QuickTakesWithBangaloreTimes, nutrition and lifestyle coach Sheela Krishnaswamy shares tips on growing the most effective kitchen garden, by pointing out the must-have herbs and vegetables one should consider…

It falls under the group of dark green leafy vegetables and nutritionally, it contains vitamin c, fibre, iron, potassium and selenium – all necessary to build body health. Grown very easily in the kitchen garden and can be used in the form of chutney or as a garnish and also in salads.

Every home across India uses these leaves in one form or another – either in chutneys, curries or also as garnish. Apart from being rich in fibre and potassium, curry leaves contain selenium which is a good antioxidant. And, both can be grown easily in a kitchen garden.

The banana tree comes with multiple benefits/uses. The fruit contains 0% fat and contains a good amount of carbohydrates which are a good source of energy. Rich sources of potassium, magnesium and some amount of fibre not only makes for a great breakfast food, but it is also eaten as a snack in between meals too. It can be mixed in fruit salads, puddings and cake as well. Not only the fruit, but the stem is also used as a vegetable in many homes.

Known by several names in different languages, it is the most commonly eaten fruit in India, which is also one of the most low cost fruits available perennially. Rich in beta carotene which is converted into vitamin a and c, it also has fibre and potassium and can easily be included in one’s daily diet. It is mostly consumed in the morning along with breakfast or evening as a snack or mixed with other fruits for a salad. Also, raw papaya is used as a vegetable in many homes.

Every home in India uses the magic fruit which is used as a vegetable but is categorised as fruit. A rich source of vitamin c, potassium and fibre, it also has a powerful antioxidant called lycopene.

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