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lal shaak (লাল শাক)

Language: Bengali

Description: Basella. Basella is one of the many amaranths. This is a tropical climbing plant which can grow up to 2 meters (6 ft) in height. Basella rubra provides succulent red leaves and is otherwise known as Ceylon spinach or vine spinach. Basella alba, or Indian spinach, is the most common available in India. It has green leaves which are harvested as the plant grows and cooked in the same way as spinach or in oil with spices.

lal shaak
Basella, kindly photographed by Siddharth Dasgupta in Kolkata

Latin: Basella rubra/Amaranthus gangeticus
Ethnicity: Indian Subcontinent
Most frequent country: Bangladesh, India
Most frequent region: West Bengal
Better known as: amaranth
Also known as: chaulai sag, chavli, chavrai, cheera, chuamarsa, ganhar, gogta saag, kalgaghasa, lal cholai, marsa, mula keerai, mullai, rajgira, ram dana, solai, thampala, thotakoora, yeledantu

Substitutes: spinach

See places: Bengali Food and Cuisine

See foods and dishes: amaranth, basella, Indian spinach

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