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Thoothuvalai Keerai Thuvaiyal (chutney of greens called purple-fruited pea-eggplant)

October 14, 2014

THOOTHUVALAI KEERAI (BOTONICAL NAME: SOLANUM TRILOBATUM)   (PURPLE FRUITED PEA EGG PLANT) IS A TRADITIONAL AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL HERB/GREEN USED TO ARREST/RELIEVE COMMON COLD

Thoothuvalai Keerai (Botonical name: Solanum Trilobatum) also called the ‘Purple fruited pea egg plant’ (Hindi name:  no idea) is another common medicinal herb/greens from Tamil Nadu. This is one more green you cannot buy from the supermarket or from the bazaar. But its possible it grows like a weed in lawns, only to be mistaken for thorny bush to be routed out. My street vendor gets Thoothuvalai along with other rare greens. Otherwise we can pot this plant at home and pick once a month.

Thoothuvalai or Thoothuvallaarai is a thorny green.

We normally in Tamil Naad make a dal mash with Paalak (greens) but because of the presence of thorns, it is best to make Thoothuvalai as chutney or what we call ‘thuvaiyal’ in tamil.

Ingredients:

Thoothuvalai greens (Solanum Trilobatum) (Purple fruited pea egg plant) – 1 bunch of leaves

Half an onion

1-2 Green chili

A slice of ginger or garlic (i have used garlic)

A dash of tamarind (imli) – very little so as not to make the chutney sour

Urad dal – 2 tsp

A tsp of oil

Coconut gratings – 1 tbsp

Water

Salt

 

Method:

* Thoothuvalai is full of thorns, so very difficult to handle. Remove the thorny middle-stalk carefully from each and every green leaf, this requireds patience.

*Rinse and keep aside.

*Grate the onion, ginger/garlic, green chili and coconut. Typically we can use about 1/4 of a coconut.

*Take a shallow pan/karai/wok and add a tsp of oil to it and heat it.

*When it is hot enough, add the urad dal first and when it turns brown add the onion, ginger or garlic and the green chili and stir-fry for a minute.

*Add the thoothuvalai greens now and keep stirring for a few more minutes.

*Add the imli/tamarind and the coconut gratings finally and mix everything together. Tamarind is however optional.

*Blend all in a mixer-grinder to a course paste (if you want thuvaiyal) and to a fine paste (if you want chutney), add water as required. Add salt.

*A thuvaiyal uses least water whereas, we use more water to make a liquidy chutney.

*Thoothuvalai keerai thuvaiyal goes well with rotis/rice. Serve it as chutney with idli/dosa just like any other regular chutney like coconut chutney or pudina (mint) chutney.

*Serves only 1-2 people. Because thoothuvalai keerai comes in a very small bunch.

*Natural cure for common cold without medication. Once a week in winter can prevent cold or minimize it. Asthmatic people can use this regularly in diet.

TRADITIONAL AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL HERB/GREEN.

http://www.ayurvedicnaturalhomeremedies.com/solanum-thoothuvalai-can-used-cough-reliever/

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