Bhoot Chaturdashi Special Food Recipe: The greens used in Choddo Shak, a special food cooked on the day of Bhoot Chaturdashi, a day before Diwali are suran leaves, bathua greens, keu saag, kasondi saag, Mustard greens, neem, jayanti, garundi, guruchi, parwal leaves, lasoda, hingcha greens, ghantu greens and sushni greens. However, at present, many of these types of vegetables are not easily available, so people use 14 types of greens to make this dish according to the availability.
this is history
The tradition of eating fourteen vegetables on Bhoot Chaturdashi was mentioned for the first time in Raghunandan Thakur’s book “Kritya-Tattva”, written in the 16th century. It was told that those who eat 14 types of greens on the Chaturdashi date of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month cannot even touch the shadow of the demons. It is also believed that the Sakaldvi Brahmins started celebrating Shaka Chaturdashi. This fourteen Shaka is also mentioned in Mahabharata.
This is how fourteen shaaks are made
14 types of greens 500 grams, 4 teaspoons of mustard oil, dry red chili, fennel 1 teaspoon, garlic 4 pieces, ginger half inch, onion 1, green chili 2, turmeric powder half teaspoon, posto 1 teaspoon, mustard 1 teaspoon, salt according to taste
Heat oil in a pan and add dry red chilies and fennel seeds. After some time add finely chopped garlic and finely chopped onion and fry till the onion becomes light translucent. Now add chopped shag to it and cook for 2 minutes. After this add finely chopped ginger, ground poppy seeds, turmeric powder, ground mustard, ground green chilies and salt and cook the greens for 5 minutes. Now add half a cup of water to it and cover it and let it cook on low flame.
After 15 minutes, remove the lid and increase the flame and cook till the water reduces. Keep in mind that enough water should be left in the herb so that the juice does not drip from it and it should not become too dry. Now serve it with hot rice.