Monday, April 22, 2019

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Thoothuvalai/Doodhuvalai , called Solanum Trilobatum in English is a creeper. It is also called Purple Pea Egg Plant. In Siddha medicine it is called "Kayakalpam", because, its roots, stem, leaves and flowers contain medicinal properties and this is the one and only green, which contains natural steroids. It is a Treasure Bandaar.
* Cure for common cold and cough
*Best remedy for sinusitis
*Dissolves tonsils
*Extraordinary in curing asthma
*best prevention  for Cancer
* Controls effects of Diabetes
*Prevents liver damage or infection
*Drives off stomach ache
*Improves blood circulation
*Improves memory, helps in deafness problems
*Cures constipation
*Dramatically increases Calcium in your body when taken with dhal
Such a great plant...has lot of thorns in the stems and some behind the leaves too...we have to carefully discard them. This plant grows like a forest in your backyard...my maternal home has this plant like a real forest....




Ingredients

Thoothuvalai leaves - 2 handfuls ( have to be cleanly washed, wiped, stems with thorns should be carefully removed, leaves alone to be taken, and torn into 2 or 3)
Curry leaves - 1 handful
Ginger - a small piece
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Grated coconut - 2 tsps

For seasoning
Gingely oil - 2 tsps
Hing powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Split urad dhal - 3 tsps
Red chillies - 3

Recipe cuisine: South indian cuisine; Category: Chutney/lunch
Prep time: 10 mts; Cooking time: 10 mts

Serves 2-3

These are the thoothuvalai leaves with thorns


Thorns in closer view


Oil heated in a non stick pan, all the above mentioned seasonings done


Thoothuvalai leaves, curry leaves and ginger added after the seasonings have turned golden


Coconut and tamarind paste along with salt to taste added


All sauteed nicely on slow flames, so that the thoothuvalai leaves will leave off their raw smell


After cooling down, ground to a fine thogayal


Can be refrigerated and used for 3-4 days. Serve with hot rice, white or brown and enjoy!!! Keep all the respiratory problems at bay!!!


This post first appeared in www.malpatskitchen.com






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