Bathua (Lambsquarter) Raita (Yoghurt)
Bathua or Lamb's-quarters (Chenopodium album) is a summer weed in UK. In India, it is a popular leaf vegetable during the winter months and it is cooked like spinach. It can be mixed with chicken and meat to make a saag dish, with new potatoes to make a lovely vegetable dish, with yoghurt to make a delicious raita and to dough to give a distinctive taste to roti, poori/puri or paratha. Bathua has medicinal uses in some skin conditions and its oil is used to treat hook worms. It is said to be high in vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, trace minerals, iron and fibre. Do not use it from beds where insecticides or leaf fertilisers have been used.
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