There are many native greens known through the coastal regions of Mangalore and Udupi and used in local cuisine that you find in native homes but hardly in restaurants. Vitamin soppu is one such.It goes by the following names:
Sayur Manis in Malaysia
Mani cai in China
sweetleaf in english
and its scientific name is sauropus androgenous.
Heres more on its name:
This is a very nutritious vegetable and can be stir fried,steamed or eaten raw. It is something of a superfood due to its high nutrition content. Heres nutritional info from http://survivalgardener.com/katuk-sweet-leaf-bush/:
Protein: 4.9 g Katuk – 0.43 g Spinach
Calcium: 51 mg Katuk – 15 mg Spinach
Iron: 2.7 mg Katuk – 0.4 mg Spinach
Vitamin A: 1122 IU – Katuk 1407 IU Spinach
Vitamin C: 83 mg Katuk – 4.2 mg Spinach
But for all of its benefits it is quite deadly when consumed in excess and hence moderation is advised.
Here are some different ways the Vitamin soppu is cooked worldwide:
Vitamin soppu tambli:
Vitamin soppu chutney:
Katuk soup with shrimp and pork:
Sayur Manis egg stirfry:
Pan mee which specifically is made with sweetleaf:
So heres another exotic vegetable right from your backyard for some exotic cooking.Happy cooking!