Thoothuvalai Keerai(Trilobatum Leaves)
is a herb used in many ayurveda and siddha medicine and considered to be very good for cold, cough, sore throat and asthma. These leaves and roots and are used in many home remedies to relieve from cold, cough and sore throat. I do not know the leaves name in any other language so just provided you all with the botanical name and also with pictures of the leaves.
This is a recipe sent in by my mom who tried out chutney using these leaves as she had lot of leaves from her home garden. Which not only tasted good but also was very healthy and appropriate one for winter.
I know these leaves are not available in many places, but if u find it sometime, then give it a try for sure. This dish is not only healthier but tastes good.
Onion - 1 medium ( can also use small/pearl onions - few)
Garlic - 4 flakes
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Tamarind - 1 small piece
Green chillies - 4 ( or according to spice reqd)
Coriander leaves - few sprigs
Thoothuvalai leaves - ( handful or around 20 leaves)
Salt as needed
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves
Heat oil in a frying pan and add roughly chopped onions and fry till transculent. Next add ginger, garlic, tamarind and green chillies and fry together for 2- 3 minutes. Then add the thoothuvalai leaves and fry till the leaves and shrinked also add coriander leaves and fry again for one more minute. Remove and cool. Then grind to a paste also by adding salt. Transfer to a bowl and temper with mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves and serve with your favourite idli/dosas as chutney/dip.
Can also as a variation fry some urad dhal and or channa dhal and grind with the other ingredients and substitute green chillies with red chillies.
Picture of Golu at my mom's place in Bangalore.
Also received an award from Sree of Sree's Recipes. Thanks so much Sree for sharing the award with me.
Participant Award from Shanthi for participating in her Dusshera, Danthera, Deepavali event. Thanks Shanthi.