This is a traditional Bong style leafy greens stir fry typically prepared on 'Bhoot Chaturdoshi' or 'Choti Diwali' to honor our ancestors. It is almost similar to Halloween and falls one day before Kali Puja (Diwali). 'Choddo' means 14 and 'Shaag' means leafy vegetables. So this particular dish is prepared with an array of assorted greens on the 14th day of the waning moon in the month of Kartik.
Choddo Shaag is generally relished with hot steamed rice for lunch. This ritual is then followed by lighting 'Choddo Prodeep' or 14 diyas in the evening, signifying 14 generations and to ward off evil spirits. This simple dish is just amazing and worth a try. So check out the step by step pictorial recipe to prepare this classic Bong dish.
Green leafy veggies have great nutritional benefits and is consumed on this day. It is believed it is to boost our immunity. Similarly lighting 14 diyas is considered to ward off evil spirits. Hence this Choddo Shaag is consumed to ensure the family is healthy and protected throughout the year.
Although Choddo Shaag was prepared at my in-laws place, but this is my first try at making it. I could not stick to the traditionally used greens as they are not available where I live. So had to make do with whatever was available.
So in this recipe the 14 types of assorted greens that I have used are Spinach, Bok Choy, Spring onion, Pui Shaag (Malabar Spinach), Mustard greens, parsley, coriander leaves, mint leaves, Kolmi Shaag (Water Spinach), Dill Leaves, Radish Leaves, Fenugreek Leaves, Pumpkin Leaves & Lal Shaag (Red Spinach).
However, it was quite fun foraging for the greens as I kept hopping from one super market to the other in search of them.
- 3 cups of 14 types of assorted greens, washed well, rinsed & chopped
- 2 tbsp. mustard oil
- 8-10 bori / mangodi / dried lentil dumplings
- 1/2 tsp. nigella seeds
- 2-3 dry red chilies
- 5-6 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 green chilies, slit
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
and mustard oil. Keep it covered for 5 minutes.