Ajmoda also known as Parsley in English, is a common ingredient used mainly to garnish the dish and add its unique flavor to it. Eaten mainly to add its fresh aroma to the dish, this ingredient is used in most of the dishes all across the world. It is not just used for culinary uses but also used to treat various ailments.
Ajmoda is widely refined as a vegetable or spice and is national to Algeria, southern Italy, and Tunisia. It was initially introduced in England in 1806.
American, Indian and European cooking uses parsley for garnishing in most of their dishes. Western Asia and Eastern Europe uses chopped parsley sprinkled on their rice, potato, fish, and meat dishes. Central Europe uses it majorly in the soups, stews, steaks, salads, and sauces.
Parsley is used in preparing rosemary tea, and wine in the western part of the world.
Coconut chutney or coconut sauce, widely eaten in South India is garnished by Parsley to add its aroma and flavor to it.
Root parsley is commonly eaten as vegetable in stews, soups, and casseroles.
Parsley Tea : Made from fresh Ajmoda and water, the tea is taken to clear away any bladder infections.
Parsley Potato: Ajmoda goes well with any potato dish and a simple recipe made of potato, parsley, butter, salt and pepper is a great on-the-go dish and a nutritious breakfast recipe.
Parsley Salad: A nutritious salad, made of parsley, feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, salt and pepper accompanies any main course dish well.
Parsley or Ajmoda is rich in anti oxidants, minerals, vitamins, and dietary fiber. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, E , k and lutein. It is rich in minerals including iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Parsley has only 36 calories per 100 Gms of quantity.
Buying and Storing
Fresh as well as dried Ajmoda is widely available in the markets, however, to make the dish more flavorsome and fragrant, fresh parsley must be bought over the dried parsley.
Fresh parsley must be kept in freezer in a zip lock pouch and the dried parsley can be kept for weeks in air tight container.
Non –food Uses
Used to treat many medical ailments, this herb’s leaves, root and stems have carminative and antiseptic properties.
Ajmoda is rich in Eugenol, therefore, it is helpful in treating ailments like diabetes to reduce the blood sugar.