|Vallarai Keerai Paruppu Kootu / Brahmi Leaves Curry – Herbal Green Leaf Recipes|
Today i’m sharing another healthy green leaf recipe, Vallarai Keerai Kootu, which has got many nutritional benefits. Vallarai Keerai / Brahmi / Indian Pennywort is an another herbal green leaf which enhances brain functions like thinking and learning. It is basically used in Ayurveda.
According to Wiki, “In India, it is popularly known by a variety of names: bemgsag, brahma manduki, brahmanduki, brahmi, ondelaga or ekpanni (south India, west India), sarswathi aku (Andhra Pradesh), gotu kola, khulakhudi, mandukparni, mandookaparni, or thankuni (Bengal), depending on region.”
I’m sharing a simple kootu recipe with this keerai. But in future planning to share more number of varieties with this keerai and other herbal green leaves. Today i made this kootu curry and served with Brown rice and Baby Potato Mint Fry. Lets move on to the recipe,
Serves 2 or 3
Preparation time : 10 mins
Cooking time : 15-20 mins
- 2 cup tightly packed Vallarai Keerai (Indian pennywort / Brahmi Leaves)- cleaned & washed
- 3/4 cup Toor Dal (Split Pigeon Peas / Tuvaram Paruppu)
- 1 medium sized onion – chopped
- 1 medium sized tomato – chopped
- 2 garlic flakes
- 2-3 dry red chilies (or) 2 green chilies
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp cumin powder – optional
- asofoetida – a pinch
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 5-6 curry leaves
- 1 tsp channa dal (bengal gram / kadala paruppu)
- 1 tsp oil
- 2 cup water
- Pressure cook vallarai keerai, toor dal, onion, tomato and garlic with 2 cup water for 3-4 whistles.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Mash the dal mixture. Keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a pan or kadhai. Temper mustard seeds, channa dal, broken red chilies and curry leaves.
- Add mashed dal and keerai mixture. Stir well. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, asofoetida and salt to taste. Mix well everything and add water if needed.
- Cook it for 2 mins on low-medium flame and remove from the heat. Serve it with rice.
- You can also add lemon sized tamarind ball along with other ingredients in pressure cook. It is optional. Without tamarind, it gives bland taste.
- You can use this keerai as such. No chopping is required. Just wash the greens and thaw together with other ingredients. Mash the mixture well.
- You can use Vallarai Keerai to prepare Sambar, Vadai, Podi or Kara Kuzhambu.
- You can also use Payatham Paruppu (or) Channa Dal (or) Siru Paruppu to prepare this kootu.
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