Other than mahali kilangu other vegetables that are most commonly used in Oota are thammakkai, avisikkai,small and big kalakkai, bilvakkai, ara nilikkai, cauliflower, cabbage, plaintain stem, thandu keerai (only the stem), winged beans, mokkra kai, green pepper, mango ginger, kali kai, tender bamboo, gooseberry(big) and carrot etc.
Few more details on each individual special oota vegetable to help you find them easily in your locality. A cousin of mine even grows them in her terrace garden..Lovely isn’t!!
- Hero of our Oota : Magali kizhangu
English name : Swallowroot. It is commonly known by its names of Maredu Kommulu, Nannari kommulu or Madina kommulu in Telugu, Makali beru or Vagani beru in Kannada and Magali kizhangu in Tamil is a plant whose root is used in ayurvedic medicines and for use in pickles and to make sharbat.
English Name : Sword Beans. In Telugu it is called chamma kaya also called Tammi kaya. In Tamil it is called valavaraik-kay or valavaran-gai which means, the vegetable that looks like a sword.
English Name: Bengal currant. It is known as karonda (Devanagari: करोंदा), karamardaka (Sanskrit), kauLi hannu/ಕೌಳಿ ಹಣ್ಣು (Kannada), kali maina/कालि मैना (Marathi), karauna (Maithili), vakkaya (Telugu), Canta-(Konkani) maha karamba/මහ කරඹ (sinhala), kilaakkaai/கிளாக்காய் (Tamil). It is available in both small and big sizes.
English Name: Bael Fruit. Commonly known as bael or bili or bhel, also Bengal quince, golden apple, Japanese bitter orange, stone apple or wood apple. It is called vilva palam in Tamil, bel in Hindi, maredu in Telugu.
- Ara Nelikkai
English Name : Star Gooseberries. In India, it is called chalmeri, harpharoi, Nellikai, Harfi, Arunellikai, Abazhanga, Nellipuli, Irumban Puli, Bilimbi, Usiri (Telugu-ఉసిరి), Khatamada, Arinelli, Bimbool, Arinellika, Kiru Nerle, Mara Nelli, Amla.
English Name: Winged Beans. Also known as the Goa bean, four-angled bean, four-cornered bean, Manila bean and Dragon bean.
- Mokkra kai
English Name: Clove Beans. It is known as Kaambhu Kathrikkai in Tamil.Sources: