Monday, June 18, 2012

Bhajje Upkari (Red Amaranth Stir Fry)

Bhajje Upkari is a healthy stir fry. It is very simple and can be made within 15 minutes. I got this recipe from my mother. In Konkani, Bajji means Red amaranth leaves.

  • Red Amaranth leaves- A big bunch
  • Oil- 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Red chillis- 2
  • Jaggery- To taste
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 1-2 Tbsp
  • Salt- To taste
* You can also use Red Swiss Chard instead of red amaranth leaves.


Clean and wash the red amaranth leaves. Then give it a rough chop.

Now heat the oil in a kadai. Then add mustard seeds. Once it starts spluttering, add broken red chillies. 
Once fried, add chopped leaves. Leave it for a while, so that it shrinks (don't add water and salt till then). 
Once the leaves shrink, add salt, jaggery and grated coconut. Close it with a lid and allow it to cook for 4-5 minutes (add water only if required. I didn't add any).
Once it looks cooked, turn off the heat. Bhajje Upkari is ready!!

Serve it hot as a side dish to rice and any curry of your choice.


  1. Hi,
    Instead of mustard and red chillies you can use crushed garlic, onions and green chillies.Try this variation too.

  2. Thanks Shubha for that variation. Will surely try next time:-)