35 THOOTHUVALAI KEERAI CHUTNEY

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

For tempering:
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.



35 comments/Reactions:

Nandini said...

Thoothuvalai chutney looks wonderful and healthy also! My mom used to make this in a different version.

Prathibha said...

Nice golu pic..
are those bramhi leaves?
new 2 me.

Pari said...

this is new to me.

*sangi* said...

This is an innovative&healthy chutney1!
Tnx for the info&recipe ...

Vrinda said...

Totally new chutney,sounds healthy...and congrats on ur awards

Sushma Mallya said...

New one,never heard of this chutney...Seems delicious as the recipe is really nice...have to try this one soon

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Congrats on ur awrad...Fist time here.. chutney looks awesome & healthy and u have beautiful space...

Aysha said...

Nice healthy chutney Padma

Padma said...

Thanks Nandini, Prathibha, Pari, sangi, Vrinda, Sushma, Sangeetha and Aysha :)

Prathibha - don't know if they are also called as Bramhi leaves :)

Thanks Sangeetha for dropping by and leaving your comments :)

Pavithra said...

Looks so yummy and very much good for health.. how did u managed to get here.. nice golu decoration and congrats on ur award too dear.

srikars kitchen said...

Healthy chutney.. nice clicks..

Priya said...

Such a healthy keerai, had it long back..its kinda hard to get rite now here..looks yummy!

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Hi padma,
first time here...yeah this thovayil my mom used to make for sore throat and cold...taste yummy too

Padma said...

Thanks Pavithra... mom sent the pictures ...
Thanks Sripriya and Priya..
Thanks Shobana for dropping by and leaving ur comments... yeah this leaves are very good for cold and cough and can added in rasam , milk or kashayam too

Sailaja Damodaran said...

excellent Golu....This is very good for cold.Do we get this in USA.....?

Gita said...

Thats a lovely and divine kolu Padma...nice healthy chutney...looks tasty too :)

Uma said...

Lovely chutney Padma!! never saw or heard about these leaves before. Sounds interesting. Golu looks beautiful.

Priya said...

i luv green chutney..pls check my ongoing event "Diwali 2009" on my blog..
http://priyasfeast.blogspot.com/2009/10/announcing-diwali-2009-event.html

Thank u
Priya

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

You have done a good job of explaining about the leaves... Still no clue what it is... But thanks for sharing...

Sanghi said...

Mmm yummy thuvayal.. nice mom's golu picture dear!

Vidhya said...

love that chutney Padma. But did yo get those leaves here in US. BTW your moms golu looks really divine

Varunavi said...

Never heard of this leaves padma.Sounds interesting.

Your mom has got a huge collection of toys

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Padmaaa....this looks yummy..love to have it with dosa.. :)

my kitchen said...

My mom will fry these leaves in ghee and give us.yours really different one.herbal chutney.

Chitra said...

I really want to try this but i dont get it here :( will surely try buying from TN :)

Abhilash said...

Congrats for the award and the chutney looks really good.

I think I should try this. What do you think?

:) will try it, yes.. yes... I have made my mind. I will

Will I? yes I will.

munchcrunchandsuch said...

I have never tasted this, and I dont think I will have the courage to taste this.Nevertheless, it looks tempting.and thats a grand golu dear

kittymatti said...

very interesting, very new, bookmarked!

Valarmathi said...

New to me, looks healthy. Yummy chutney.

dhanya said...

New and interesting Chutney. Luved your Bhomma kolu also.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Love the healthy & delicious chutney, loved the kolu too. Did you get these leaves in the Indian grocery store?

GR said...

Hi your chutney looks great.

Raje said...

Chutney looks yummy Padma. Never cooked with these leaves. Golu is lovely. Nice pictures

Shri said...

I have clueless with the leaves but the dish looks fab and the golu as well,Padma!

Anonymous said...

The Thoothu Valai Keerai LEAF has thorns on the leaf itself. is it safe to grind it with the thorns? it does not seem healthy consuming the thorns. if it is not digested, it may prove an issue in the intestinal track.

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