Vallarai Thuvaiyal

Vallarai keerai or Centella Asiatica is a wonderful herb mainly used for improving memory.  It is always better to include fresh herbs in our diet rather than swallowing them in capsule form. We can serve this chutney to children or teens while they prepare for competitive exams & also to ageing parents with decreased memory; we can surely notice them with improved memory while including this chutney regularly in their diet.img_4573Vallarai chutney can be used as a spread for breads or for masals dosa; it can also be used as a side for idli, dosa, or any rice varieties.

You can find the recipe for vallarai thuvaiyal below and follow the same recipe for preparing thoothuvalai thuvaiyal or pirandai thuvaiyal also.

Time taken: 10 min

Yield: 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  1. Vallarai Keerai – 1 bunch (please refer the image for quantity)
  2. Red chillies – 6 Nos.
  3. Black gram (karuppu ulundhu)- 1 tbsp
  4. Tamarind (puli) – small berry sized
  5. Salt – 1 tsp
  6. Sesame oil – 2 tsp

img_4574Directions:

  • Wash & chop vallarai keerai.
  • Heat a pan with 1 tsp oil in medium flame.
  • Saute vallarai for few min and remove from pan.
  • In the same pan add 1 tsp oil,  roast red chillies & black gram and remove them from pan while red chillies are puffed & lentils releasing its aroma.
  • Transfer to a bowl and allow them to cool.
  • In a mixer-grinder jar add red chillies & black gram and grind into a powder without adding water.
  • Add vallarai, tamarind & salt and grind into a smooth paste after adding little water (about 25 ml).
  • Transfer vallarai thuvaiyal to an airtight container & can be refrigerated for a week.
  • Serve with bread, idli, dosa or any rice varieties.

Please Note: Vallarai herb tastes slightly bitter, you may add a pinch of palm jaggery or cane jaggery if your child refuses to take it.

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