Amazing Health Benefits of Purslane (Luni- Bhaji)


 

Purslane is heavily loaded with nutrients, and it is excellent for your health.

Believe me, I did not know this truth. While shopping, I used to pick all other greens except this wonderful leafy vegetable.

 Then one fine day, I read about Purslane in Authority Nutrition. I felt so bad that I had missed such a wealth of nutrients till now. But not anymore. So if you want to know more about this Purslane, read the entire post.

Purslane

The North Indians called it Luni-bhaji. It seems that Gandhiji ate it and named it Luni. Though, this sour and salty-tasting vegetable had its origins in India. It is famous the world over.  

Nutrients

Purslane has a wealth of nutrients waiting for you to consume them. It has the following nutrients.

  •  EPA
  •  Vitamin A
  •  Vitamin E
  •  Vitamin B
  •  Calcium
  •  Potassium
  •  Iron
  •  Omega 3 fatty acids
  •  Vitamin C
  •  Niacin
  •  Pyridoxine
  •  Riboflavin
  •  Carotenoids

 

 Healing Properties of Luni Bhaji

 

Research studies say that luni bhaji has many medicinal properties, including

  • Neuroprotective
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-fatigue
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Antidiabetic
  • Anti-cancer properties
  • Likewise, purslane leaves are also used for postpartum bleeding, diarrhea, and intestinal bleeding.

 

 The other amazing facts about Purslane include

 

Ø They are very low in calories

Ø Rich in dietary fiber

Ø Contains alpha-linoleic acid, which boosts cardiovascular health and it is an essential fatty acid.

Ø It contains potent antioxidants.

So far, so good. Let us see what the research studies have to say about Purslane.

The researchers in Malaysia are exploring this exciting fact about purslane and its defense mechanism against saline soil. 

The salt stress increases the free radicals in the purslane, which can damage the plant’s DNA. The plant produces unique antioxidants such as phenolics, flavonoids, and carotenoids to detoxify these free radicals.

Now, do you get it? Why did I tell you purslane is so healthy? When you consume this wonderful leafy vegetable, you consume all the goodness that it possesses. Simple logic!

Tasty Dhal with Luni Bhaji

 

 

I did a simple yet healthy recipe with purslane. Let me tell you how.

 

Ingredients
  • Purslane
  • Onions 2 
  • Tomato 1
  • Cumin seeds ½ tsp
  • Green chilies 2
  • Chili powder ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sambar dhal I cup

 

 Method

Wash the leafy vegetable

Heat oil in a pan

Add cumin seeds

Add onion, green chilies, and fry well

Add tomatoes and purslane leaves

Cook dal along with ½ tsp cumin seeds, garlic two pods, a pinch of turmeric powder, and few curry leaves

When the tomatoes and purslane are cooked well, add the cooked sambar dal

Add chili powder and salt

Serve with little ghee and decorate with coriander leaves

It goes well with steamed hot rice and chapatti.

Try it and enjoy.

 

Luni Bhaji Product Ideas

Do you love Purslane (Luni Bhaji) products? Here are some great ideas to try out.

Florida Herbal Pharmacy, Purslane (Portulaca Olearacea) Extract Powder 10:1 (4 oz)

Purslane Herb – Dried And Cut Vegetable Similar To Spinach – Mix It With Yogurt To Make Tzatziki – Ingredients: 100% Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea) – Kosher, Halal, Organic. 
New Icecube’s Triple Extracted Purslane Tincture
 Purslane Plant Flower Seed – 5000 Seeds
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