Maharashtrian Shevla Bhaji: 6 Benefits Of The Monsoon Vegetable
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Shevla bhaji – a wild, uncultivated yam that can be found growing in the forests of Maharashtra, is a monsoon vegetable that resembles a thin, tapering stalk. The fibrous, stem-like vegetable is made into dry preparations, with or without prawns, and is eaten with bhakri or rice by the tribals inhabiting these regions. The dragon stalk yam has a vegetal flavour and is a good source of essential nutrients and dietary fibre. Here are six health benefits of shevla.

Digestive Health

According to nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, the dietary fibre in shevla bhaji can aid in digestion by promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. Since fibre also supports a healthy gut microbiome, which is important for various aspects of health, eating shevla bhaji can also protect the gut bacteria against pollution and other external factors.

Antioxidant Properties

Shevla bhaji contains antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene which help protect cells from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases. The nutrients present in the stalks of shevla are also excellent for eliminating toxins from the digestive system.

Supports Immunity

While it is known that eating seasonally is excellent for immunity, the vitamin C present in the vegetable is known for its immune-boosting properties. Including shevla bhaji in your diet can contribute to a stronger immune system and help better defence against infections. Including iron-rich foods like the dragon stalk yam in your diet can also help prevent iron-deficiency anaemia.

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Builds Bone Health

The presence of vitamin K and calcium in shevla bhaji can contribute to bone health. Vitamin K is essential for proper bone mineralization, and calcium is a crucial mineral for maintaining strong bones and teeth. 

Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Some compounds found in dill greens, such as flavonoids, have anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds may help reduce inflammation in the body and lower the risk of chronic diseases associated with inflammation.

Heart Health

Potassium, another mineral found in shevla bhaji, is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. Adequate potassium intake is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and hence, consuming shevla bhaji while still in season, can help with oxygenating the blood and helping maintain a healthy heart.