When we say Fig the thing which comes to your mind immediately is the dried one or the fresh ones sold in departmental stores and fruit shops, but there are about 800 varieties available and among them around 100 types or edible and tasty.
In village areas the fig is available as vegetable and many tamil people make recipes using this raw fig. Now a days it is available in Chennai also. I saw every fig season one lady selling fig near Sai baba temple and mylapore tank.
As we all know fig is rich in vitamin c and is a well known anti oxidant that keeps you young and energetic . So consuming fig in any form is considered healthy.
If you get this raw fig you can also make tasty recipes out of it. But the only precaution you should take is that you should remove those figs with worms and insects inside it. Normally the honey bees lay eggs in the flower and when fruits are formed numerous larvae are seen inside the fruits as worms. You have to segregate those and throw away.
Raw fig dishes are quite tasty and healthy . Try out Athikai Urulaikizhangu Poriyal/ Fry and share your experience with me.
- Athikai – 1 cup
- Potato – 2 small
- Onion – 1
- Tomato – 1 small
- Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
- Sambar powder – 2 tsp
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Oil – 2 tblsp
- Mustard – ¼ tsp
- Urad dal – ¼ tsp
- cumin- ¼ tsp
Wash athikai well and cut into two. Put it in the water so as to remove the worms. Cook the potatoes and peel and cut into cubes. Chop onion and tomato finely. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard,cumin and urad dal, when it splutters add onion and ginger garlic paste. Sauté for few minutes. Add tomatoes and sauté. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt and stir well. Add athikai and potato and stir for about few minutes. Add water and close the pan with a lid. Low the flame and cook till the water evaporates.