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Chori Bhagi Recipe

Spiny pigweed is more than a common weed. Its leaves can be foraged to make a flavorful but healthy side dish that works so well as a spinach substitute.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 2


  • 5 cups young spiny pigweed leaves
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and grated)
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 tbsp grated ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh herbs (like culantro, cilantro, chives)


  • Wash the spiny pigweed leaves. Remove flowers.
  • Sauté chopped onions for 2 minutes.
  • Add grated garlic and ginger. Stir for a minute.
  • Mix in washed leaves, grated coconut, salt, pepper and herbs.
  • Cover and allow the leaves to steam and wilt (10 – 15 minutes).
  • Mix the leaves until smooth and dry (blend the leaves for a smoother dish).
  • Serve hot as a side dish.