Living in Consciousness ~ Indi(r)a’s Food and Garden Weblog

Going Green with Green Leafy Vegetables

Jihva for Ingredients (JFI) , the online food blogging event will be celebrating one year anniversary on May 1st.

To mark this special occasion, JFI and Nandita’s WBB are coming together to celebrate the mother earth in this month of Earth Day with a special theme ~ “Going Green with Green Leafy Vegetables”.

Our earth is a unique place in the universe because of the greens. We know that greens create the atmosphere which sustains all life forms. To celebrate the precious greens mother earth offers us, JFI-WBB is going green with green leafy vegetables.

To Participate in JFI-WBB: Green Leafy Vegetables:

Prepare and write about the green leafy vegetables (articles/recipes -breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner) on your blog, during April.

Mail me ( the links to your posts along with beautiful, focused images of the recipes – in 455×280 pixel size by April 30th.
(Because roundup is a timeconsuming thing to do, I may not be able to accept late entries. If you are interested to participate, please be kind and send the entries in time by 30th, Seattle time.)

I will also participate and do the recap-a colorful parade of green leafy vegetables on May 1st.


I would like to invite fellow bloggers to host JFI for June 07 – April 08. Jihva for Ingredients (JFI) is for me, as well as for you food bloggers who wanted to host an event once in a while. It is a rotating event, which means instead of only one host all the time, different food bloggers would host the event every month on their blogs. I think these types of rotating events are interesting to participate, mainly because the hosts not only bring their own personality and enthusiasm, it would also provide a chance to visit and find new blogs and bloggers. More importantly JFI is not about the themes, it is about celebrating the natural ingredients that we use for everyday cooking – one at a time.

What is Jihvā ?
Jihvā, the Sanskrit word means taste, desire and deep longing. This powerful word also represents tongue and taste buds.

What is Jihvā for Ingredients?
I believe for Jihvā to happen, it’s all in the ingredients and how they are cooked. Jihvā for Ingredients (JFI) is online monthly food event, celebrating the Ingredients and what they can do for our Jihvā.

When, what and how?
The entries have to be posted on first day of every month. The host will choose a food ingredient. To participate, cook a recipe with that ingredient and post it on your blog on the first of the month. Send these entries to the host, she/he will do the roundup and showcase all your entries within a week of receiving.

What are the guidelines to host?

1. Feature any natural ingredient and there are many.
2. I’d greatly appreciate if you could pick an ingredient related to India or Indian cuisine. (Which style of cuisine that ingredient prepared is, of course it’s up to the participants).
3. Announce the event on your blog by 3rd of previous month. This will give plenty of time for the participants to shop, prepare, write and post their entry.

Interested to host this event?
To host this event, send me an email. I will update the list below as soon as someone interested in that month. Update: The invitation is closed at this time. All slots are filled up for this Jihva year. No Emails please.

Thanks for your interest and participation. Congratulations to Jihva hosts!

For 2007-2008

Mahanandi: Greens
JFI:Greens Recap
LetZ Cook
Jugalbandi: Jackfruit
Radhi’s Kitchen
Ghar Ka Khana
Past, Present & Me
My Khazana of Recipes
Saffron Trail
Out of the Garden

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Jihva For Ingredients (Monday April 2, 2007 at 10:27 am- permalink)
Comments (26)

The New Home of Mahanandi:

26 comments for Going Green with Green Leafy Vegetables »

  1. Hi Indira,

    Everytime after being to Mahanandi, I decide I should not be flooding your comment column. But I get carried away unable to contain my enthusiasm! 🙂

    Believe it or not , after my first contribution ti Jihva this month , I wished I could write something on Greens in future ( for JFI ). And boooom there you go I see we are celebrating Greens next month. Do you read minds ? 🙂


    Comment by Soumya — April 2, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

  2. Hey, I share your enthusiasm and I love blogging at Mahanandi. 🙂
    I look forward to your participation in JFI-Greens. Thanks Soumya.

    Comment by Indira — April 2, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

  3. Hi Indira,
    I would love to participate in the JFI-Greens as well as be a host for an event next year. What do I have to do?

    Comment by DesiGirl — April 2, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

  4. Hi Desi Girl,

    Thanks for your interest. Please follow the JFI post and send me an email request which month you would like to host. I will add the month to your blog name. That simple. Thanks.

    Comment by Indira — April 2, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

  5. Would like to host for August if it is still open.
    Combining JFI with WBB is a great idea! Thanks!

    Comment by Nandita — April 2, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

  6. Indira,
    Wow… green leafy veggies.. hmm hmm awesome.. great one !!
    I’d lovee to host the event for June. Please
    let me know if it is possible.


    Comment by Mythili — April 2, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

  7. During the month of April, if there are more than 1 post on greens, can I submit them? Or it is just one post (per blog) on greens for the entire month of April?

    Comment by tigerfish — April 2, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

  8. Thanks for giving me a chance to host WBB, Nandita. I am glad to see these two events together.

    Mythili: Thanks for your interest but there were too many requests before you and I had to accept. Sorry.

    Hi Tigerfish: Thanks for your interest in JFI-WBB:Greens, there is no limit, you can send as many entries as you like. I added the details in my post after your question.

    Comment by Indira — April 2, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

  9. Hi Indira!!!
    Missed a great chance of hosting u’r wonderful JFI!! Never mind i can imagine how many mails u must have got. Next time i will to be mail u asap after april 2008!!

    can’t wait to participate!!

    Comment by padmaja — April 3, 2007 @ 1:16 am

  10. Oh My all booked 🙂 I am late, late !!!JFI greens looks like a great idea, look forward to going green

    Comment by sandeepa — April 3, 2007 @ 6:02 am

  11. oops, 🙂 I missed it.
    can’t wait to participate on the jfi-green. I just bought a few bunches of cilantro to try something new…

    Comment by Kay — April 3, 2007 @ 10:46 am

  12. Indira, I missed the invite for hosting JFI event. May be next time:). Anyways I love participating in various events and it is nice to see us all united on this.

    I love the going green theme for this month. By green leafy vegetables do you also mean the herbs? I think so.

    Comment by Reena — April 3, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

  13. Hi Indira!
    Congratulations on completing one year!
    Is there a place that lists the past years list of ingredients along with their respective hosts?

    Comment by Nae — April 3, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

  14. I look forward to receiving the entries. Thanks all!

    Hi Rena; Yes, herbs are included in the Greens Event.

    Hi Nae: You can find the detailed list past year events at “Jihva For Ingredients” on the left sidebar of Mahanandi.

    Comment by Indira — April 3, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

  15. Hi Indira! Lovely theme to celebrate JFI’s first anniversary. Will celery be considered a green?

    Indira replies:
    Thanks Hema. Yes, Celery is included in the Greens Event.

    Comment by Hema — April 5, 2007 @ 8:12 am

  16. 🙁

    Comment by DesiGirl — April 5, 2007 @ 11:35 am

  17. hi Indira — since you mention greens, i thought i would take the occasion to post you a question in the comments section — at my local Indian market (Patel Bros. in Jackson Heights, NY) there are two kinds of greens that seem very interesting to me, but I can’t find anything about them online when I Google… one is a thick, big green leaf and seems to be labeled “pooi” or “pohi” (depending on who is doing the labelling). The other is red and green color, mixed, and is labeled “red data” (you can imagine what comes up when I google the word ‘data’). Can you help point me in the right direction as to figuring out how to cook with these? Of course maybe your upcoming JFI will answer some of my questions — I can’t wait! Thanks, Katherine

    Indira replies;
    Hi Katherine,
    Thanks for your interest in JFI-Greens.
    Red and green color mixed one – I think it’s amaranth leaves. We call these leaves “thotakura” in Telugu. You can find many Indian recipes on Yahoo/Google search. Many bloggers have written about traditional preparations with these leaves.
    The thick big green leaf, I need a photo. My guess is they are used to make paan. “Tamalapaku” in Telugu or betel nut leaf. Here is how they look – link. Is this what you are refering to as pooi/pohi?

    Comment by Katherine — April 5, 2007 @ 11:42 am

  18. Hi Katherine

    I ready your comment and am taking up this space to answer. Hope its ok, Indira.
    The “pooi” shak I think is what we call “Pui Shak” in Bengali
    Some sites( refer to this as Indian Spinach, but it is a little different from the regular spinach.
    A popular use of the “Pui” leaves in bengali cuisine is dipping the Leaves in a batter of Besan and frying them. Cooking the leaves with shrimp is another popular one.
    I don’t know of its usage in other Indian cuisines though

    The Red Data is I think what Indira says the Red Amaranth leaves

    Try Googling for “Pui Shak” and “Data Shak”, You will get some results and also recipes

    Comment by Sandeepa — April 8, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

  19. […] Serve with Rice, cooked Plain and a Upkari, maybe chilled buttermilk on the side. Looks like a good ‘red’ entry to JFI-Greens. […]

    Pingback by Tambdi Bhajji- My Red Greens! « Past, Present and Me — April 13, 2007 @ 8:29 am

  20. […] ஏன், எதுக்குன்னு கேட்டீங்கன்னா, ஒரு நடை இங்க போய்ப்பாருங்க. […]

    Pingback by தமிழ் வலைப்பதிவு » கீரை à® — April 20, 2007 @ 11:41 am

  21. Indira and Sandeepa, thank you so much for your comments. I went away on vacation and then forgot to come back here and look for your response for a little while!

    The red/green ones are indeed amaranth, so glad to find out. I wonder why they were labelled “red data” at my market, what language that is from. I’m so glad to see plenty of amaranth postings when I returned!

    I think Sandeepa is right about the other leaf, it is not the stuff used to make paan, but more spinach-like. It must be “pui”, because “pooi/pohi” are logical alternative spellings of that.

    So glad that I can come find good information from you guys! I love this blog.


    Comment by Katherine — April 20, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

  22. […] This is my entry to the JFI-WBB: Greens event. […]

    Pingback by Vindu » Spinach Moong dal stir fry (Pesara pappu Palakoora) — April 27, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

  23. […] I love Jihva. As usual, a month ago I had visions of the marvelous dishes I could cook up for Indira’s First Jihva Anniversary: Green Leafy Vegetables. How exciting! I love them all: collards, chard, spinach, sorrel, on and on… if it’s green and leafy, I’ll try it at least once. But that was a month ago. […]

    Pingback by Jihva for Leafy Greens ~ Curry Leaves Dal « Out Of The Garden — April 30, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

  24. Hi Indira, Sandeepa and Katherine, I saw the discussion about Pohi leaves. Thought I will add some info. Hope you don’t mind. The pohi leaf is also used in the Indian Odiya cuisine similar to the manner that Sandeepa mentioned. I will be posting a pic of the same this week in case anyone is curious. I know there are a few other recipes. Will check with my MIL and aunt-in-law and post about it sometime in the near future. Apologise for the lengthy comment.

    Comment by Pragyan — September 1, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

  25. Hi all, I am new to this site. I was just searching for the meaning of Pohi. I saw this in H-Mart.I think it is Bachchali Koora in telugu. Can anyone confirm this.


    Comment by Vindya — September 26, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

  26. […] Serve with Rice, cooked Plain and a Upkari, maybe chilled buttermilk on the side. Looks like a good ‘red’ entry to JFI-Greens. Also, I nickname it ‘Laal Bhajji’ and send it across to A to Z of Indian Vegetables-Letter ‘L’. ****************************************************************** […]

    Pingback by Tambdi Bhajji- My Red Greens! – The Thought Project — September 19, 2018 @ 11:35 am

Your Comment


(required but not published)

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

It sounds like SK2 has recently been updated on this blog. But not fully configured. You MUST visit Spam Karma's admin page at least once before letting it filter your comments (chaos may ensue otherwise).