Sunday, August 30, 2020

Posted by Mala at 12:00:00 AM 26 comments
 NACHU KOTTAI KEERAI  also known as Lettuce tree leaves  have innumerable health benefits.
Also known as நச்சு கெட்ட கீரை, which means, it can nullify the effects of poison too!
These bright beautiful leaves
*Can get rid of all toxins in our body.
*Very good for eyes.
* Reduces anemia.
*Increases masculinity, strengthens kidney, liver, heart and intestines.
 * It helps us in getting rid of any kind of body ache!lot of minerals and vitamins.
So, we all must realise, it is not only an Ornamental shrub, which we see in many houses, but a treasure box of nutritions and health. We don't get to buy these from any shop.
I fondly remember my Chithi/aunty/Mausi  who was an expert in making these, and suddenly I remembered this recipe, immensely happy to share with you all!!!

This will not only go with lunch or dinner, can be used as a healthy starter too

Keerai leaves - 6
Tur dhal - 1 cup, soaked in warm water for 1 -2 hours, then drained
Red chillies - 4
Green chilly - 1-2
Hing powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

To season
Gingely/cooking oil - 3 tbsps
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves a few

Recipe cuisine: South Indian; Category: Lunch/Dinner/Starter
Prep time: 20 mts; Steaming time: 15 mts; Cooking time: 15 mts

Serves 2-3

These are the beautiful health loaded leaves. Wash, gently wipe and keep them ready

First take red and green chillies, salt, hing and coarsely pulse them

like this

Then add the soaked and drained tur dhal

Grind everything to a coarse mixture, and add turmeric powder(you can add this in the beginning too...I forgot!!!)

Mix everything well, add some chopped cilantro too, mix well

Spread gently on the leaves, and starting from the thinner edge, start rolling them. Please refer to the video in the beginning.

Start keeping on a greased steamer plate

and steam for 15 minutes

After steaming

Let them cool down well, you can even refrigerate them for half an hour. That's what I did

Then cut them into roundels

Heat oil in a pan, season mustard seeds

Add the roundels, and slow fire, roast them well, tossing them now and then!

Roasted well now

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