21 Things to Grow in an Indian Kitchen Garden

Have you ever wondered what things you can grow in your kitchen? This method of growing our own vegetables and herbs has been a huge part of our culture. You might have heard your grandma telling you how they grew their herbs and small vegetables at home.

Well due to the expansion of industrialization and modern lifestyle, we have easy access to vegetables and fruits in the market. But as time passed, people have understood the importance of organic food, and the nutritional value that it provides. In this article, we will cover 21 things that you can grow in your kitchen.

1 Basil or Tulsi

It is one of the most common herbs grown in the Indian kitchen. It has a lot of medicinal properties and is a good source of fiber. Likewise, it is a hardy plant that needs plenty of sunlight and water for its healthy growth.

It takes around two to three weeks for the first set of basil leaves to grow after they are planted. You can easily grow basil in your kitchen, either in a normal or a hanging pot. 

2 Coriander or Dhania

Coriander is an easy-to-grow leafy herb that normally takes three weeks to sprout. Used as a garnish to add aroma and a tinge of flavor to cooked food, it is widely consumed in India and is a part of most meals of the day.

It requires full sun to partial afternoon shade, to grow healthy. Water regularly, and you will have a blooming coriander plant ready to use. 

3 Mint or Pudina

This herb is known for its refreshing fragrance and is used in many Indian dishes and drinks. It is easy to grow and maintain, just make sure you keep it in a good sunny spot in your kitchen.

It usually grows up to four inches per month. Winters are the best suited time for this herb to grow. Take good care of it and enjoy a soothing mojito in the summers.

4 Bacopa Monnieri or Brahmi

This herb has a lot of medicinal properties and is used to treat many ailments in traditional Indian medicine. It requires a moderate amount of sunlight to grow. A special kind of potting mix is used to grow this herb, which is prepared before planting it. If taken good care of, this herb grows at a very fast rate in your kitchen.

5 Curry leaves

It is one of the most common herbs used in Indian dishes. Along with mustard seeds, it adds a great tinge of flavor to your dals and sambhars. They are a must-have when it comes to herbs for your kitchen. Water it every alternate day and keep it in a sunny spot. Warmer seasons are the best time to grow curry leaves in your kitchen.

6 Parsley

This herb has a lot of medicinal properties, which makes it a must-have herb when it comes to your kitchen. It is full of nutrients and vitamins and is essential for blood purification.

Use a soil-less potting mix when growing this herb, along with a good amount of sunlight. Water it around two to three times a week for its healthy growth. Though it takes around 70-90 days for it to grow, it’s worth all the wait.

7 Fenugreek or Methi

Added in most curries, parathas, dals, and vadas, this herb is one of the most commonly used in the Indian kitchen. It adds great flavor to Indian dishes. It even has medicinal properties and is a good remedy for dandruff problems.

Not only that, but it takes about two to three weeks for it to grow. If given a good amount of sunlight and water, it can grow healthy enough for you to add them to your favorite dishes.

8 Lemongrass

It is one of the most refreshing herbs and is used in tea and some other flavorful dishes. It is also used to fight against cancer and eye inflammation as it provides antioxidants. When it comes to your kitchen, it is one of the must-have herbs you would like to grow.

It is very easy to grow and maintain, as long as you’re able to protect it from the cold. It takes around 100 days or sometimes even four to eight months for it to fully grow.

9 Dill or Sowa Bhaji

This herb is one of the easiest ones to grow in your kitchen. Apart from being used in food items, it has some medicinal properties too. It contains several vitamins and minerals that can be used to cure stomach-related and other ailments.

It requires a good amount of sunlight and water to grow healthy. Make sure you keep it in a nice sunny spot on your kitchen window.

10 Ginseng or Ashwagandha

It is most commonly used in Indian traditional medicine. The consumption of tea made from this herb can curb anxiety and depression, giving mental clarity. Having ginseng in your kitchen is a blessing in disguise. A dry and sunny spot is an ideal place for it to grow. It requires a moderate amount of water, so avoid too much hydration. 

11 Thyme

Commonly used as a marinade to meat and vegetable Indian dishes, this herb has some medicinal and ornamental properties too. It has a floral and sweet taste that adds an extra flavor to your regular dishes.

It is one of the easiest indoor herbs to cultivate. It requires plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil to grow better. Though it takes a lot of time to grow, it’s all worth the wait.

12 Peas

Peas or mutter are widely used in most Indian dishes, as the main vegetable or side ingredient. Freshly plucked peas are just what you need to add that refreshing flavor to your dish. It is preferably grown in cold weather and is easy to maintain.

All you need is a ten-inch deep container and a trellis or cage for the plants to climb up. Pods mature 18-21 days after flowering. If taken good care of the plant, it will provide healthy peas.

13 Spinach

Ideally used in soups and salads, this vegetable comes loaded with a lot of essential nutrients. It is even used in a lot of Indian dishes. It is an easy-to-grow vegetable. Moderate to full sun is ideal for it to grow healthy. If taken good care of, your spinach will be ready for harvest in about sixty days.

14 Beets

This vegetable is a great source of fiber, iron, vitamin C, and other essential minerals. They taste good when eaten raw, but some prefer cooked or pickled beets.

Well-drained soil and a full to moderate amount of sunlight are required to grow sweet and tender beets in your kitchen. Maintain it well, and it will surprise you with some juicy and delicious beets in just 50-65 days.

15 Baby Tomatoes

It is a fruit by nature but used in almost every Indian dish as a side vegetable. Filled with a lot of minerals and vitamins, it is a must-have addition to your kitchen. You can grow them in your kitchen all around the year.

It requires moist and well-drained soil to grow healthy. Make sure you keep it in a place with bright sunlight. It takes almost six to eight weeks for it to bear fruit. 

16 Green Beans

Rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, this vegetable could be a great addition to your kitchen. It is a delight to use them freshly grown. It is very easy to grow and maintain them indoors. Winters are the ideal time for them to grow. You can harvest them in sixty days after they’re planted. 

17 Chillies and Bell Peppers

Chilies are most commonly used in all Indian dishes to add a hint of spice to them. Both these vegetables are from the same family, yet are used separately as per their requirements. You can grow them easily in a container and aren’t very tough to maintain. It normally takes around two to three months for them to be harvested.

18 Lettuce

Mostly used in soups and salads, this green leafy vegetable is rich in vitamins, minerals and loaded with fiber. It requires partial sunlight and can grow pretty well in small and shady spaces. Winters are preferably the best time for them to be cultivated. You will have to wait for almost sixty days to enjoy this freshly grown vegetable.

19 Carrots

It is one of the most common vegetables used in Indian dishes. It can be eaten raw, but it goes great as a side vegetable in many main course dishes. Gajar ka halwa, having carrots as the main ingredient, is a famous and widely eaten sweet dish in India.

Along with taste, it also contains a lot of vitamins. It can prove to be a great addition to your kitchen. Loose soil, cool weather, and lots of water are a must to grow healthy and juicy carrots. 

20 Cucumber

It is widely used in salads and relishes. It is also used as a soothing element to your skin to reduce puffiness and redness. If taken good care of, it can prove to be a good addition to your kitchen. It requires regular watering and fertilizer-rich soil to grow better. Also, these veggies come out healthy when grown in larger pots and kept in full sunlight.

21 Radish

Radish or mooli is used mostly in curries and salads. It is most commonly used in parathas as the main ingredient in India. This vegetable grows fast in smaller pots and isn’t that difficult to maintain.

They grow well in partial shade and well fertile soil. It takes just a month for them to be ready to get harvested. You can use them in any form and enhance the flavor of your dish. 

Conclusion 

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this article and found it helpful. Plants are a blessing, so make sure to enjoy the process and be patient.

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