Monday, December 23, 2019

Posted by Mala at 12:00:00 AM 5 comments
Pirandai also called Adamant Creeper is easily home grown and has so many health benefits. Food is indeed the best medicine ever, the wealth of nutrition and health that lie hidden in the Flora & Fauna around us must be imparted to our children, I strongly believe!!! Can you just believe, my maternal home's backyard is full of this divine plant, treating all sorts of stomach disorders from gastritis, indigestion, piles etc. It must be eaten in moderation, just a small ball of this thogayal will do wonders!!! This plant grown without any fuss, cannot be destroyed by pests or rodents, needs very little water, but needs good sunlight....It is a maintenance-free plant!!!

Backyard of my maternal home!!

In my friend's balcony

Pirandai, broken - 1 cup
Curry leaves - 1 cup
Gingely oil - 2-3 tsps
Hing powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
Broken red chillies - 2-3
Split urad dhal - 2 tsps
Pepper - 3/4 tsp
Jeera - 3/4 tsp
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
Grated coconut - 2 tsps
Salt to taste

Recipe cuisine: South Indian; Category: Lunch/dinner/side
Prep time: 10 mts; Cooking time: 10 mts

Serves 3-4

First we have to take these precautions before touching pirandai. Even though it has such great medicinal values, we can't touch it, it causes lot of irritation and itch. Also tender segments have to be used, otherwise, it causes itch in the throat. So, we have to grease our palms well with gingely oil before handling pirandai. Pirandai broken into segments, and slightly scraped off.

Gingely oil heated and all the above mentioned seasonings added

Pirandai segments and curry leaves added

Grated coconut and salt to taste added, along with tamarind paste

On slow flames, nicely sauteed

A litlte after cooling down, loaded into blender jar

and blended to a smooth thogayal/chutney

While many elders lament about the unavailability pf this wonder-pirandai, it takes very litle effort...just a small segment planted in our balcony will yield everlasting supply!!!

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