This is Rosen Fisheries, Marathakkara from where I bought my GIFT Thilapia. It is a huge farm and have dozesn of large and small both artificial and natural ponds and lakes. They breed, raise and sell different species of fish like GIFT Thilapia, Nutter, Rohu, Mrigal, African Vala, Ornamental fish and even Vanami Prawns.
Fish farming is widely done in Kerala. But raising fish in Paduthakulam or water filled Silpaulin sheet layered Ponds are getting popular in Kerala. The photo shows a Paduthakulam in my house in Ollur of size 18 x 8 x 2 ft. in which I am raising a batch of 40 GIFT Thilapia's and 10 African Vala fishes. They were 2 inches in length when I bought them 50 days ago from Rosen Fisheries, Marathakkara. Growing up fast. now almost 200 gms and 5-6 inches long.
Brinjal or Egg Plant is an excellent vegetable to make a curry or Subji for Chappathi / Roti. Vazhuthana as known in Malayalam is used by Mallus mainly in Sambhar or as Thoran which is not that good for Chappathi. But this curry here is very tasty made by my wife.
Saute thin slices of Brinjal in a pan. Add sliced Onion, Tomatoes, Garlic and green chillis. Add salt and a pinch of sugar. Slow cook to make a dry but soft curry.
The side dish is made of Basil leaves, Tomato, Red Chilli (Kanthari) 4 nos. Salt, extra virgin, Olive oil etc. Blend all of this in a Mixie.
Peperomia Pellucida or Mashithandu is a common green plant in Kerala. Used by Mallus to clean the Slate, it is not given any importance. This edible plant is good to make Salads and will scavenge all free radicals in the body. Powerful anti-oxidant, diuretic and renal disorders, lowers BP, Cough, Fever, Headache and Rheumatic Joint pain.
Purslane or Uppu Cheera is a common green plant in Kerala which is edible and highly nutritious also. It has the highest Omega-3 presence among plants.It is also a good source of 17 type of Vitamins and anti cancer flavanoids and is highly recommended for Liver cancer patients. It's anti fungal, anti inflammatory, anti bacterial & anti viral properties makes it one of the wonder veggies in Kerala.
The world is poised to fight a very serious problem of Food shortage by 2020 and beyond. The Climate change and natural disasters like Flash Floods, Severe Drought, Cyclones and Typhoons etc are testing the nerves of farmers worldwide. Crops are getting beaten up by the Global warming and Climate change. Food will be expensive and in short. Local Food security and turning to our own resources from nature will help to tackle the situation to a great extent. People all over the world has to explore the local edible plants and greens that can be included in their diet. A lot of species of edible plants are not used by modern people in their menu. Here is my humble initiative to introduce some local plants which are edible and highly nutritious and medicinal as well.