Monday, May 4, 2009

Timare Tambli (Brahmi Tambli)

Here in Singapore, I don’t always get the brahmi leaves. Hence, I have started freezing & storing timare/brahmi/ondelaga leaves for up to a month. I really do not know whether it is good to preserve the leaves for such a long period, but I’m doing this since 2 months & am using the frozen leaves while preparing chutney or tambli. Have a look at my frozen timare.

Brahmi leaves are very good in improving the memory skills, intelligence level of an individual; relieve stress & helps in the growth of nerve cells. In South Canara, Karnataka, India, people squeeze the juice from this leaves & give the infants (as early as 2 months old infants) 2 drops of this juice, early in the morning. There is a belief among our grand moms that, this juice increases the memory power, intelligence level of the kid. Ever since I knew about this, I have somewhat taken an oath to myself that, I’ll give brahmi leaves to my son once or twice a month. This time, I prepared tambli, using frozen brahmi leaves.

Brahmi leaves: ½ cup (I used 4 cubes frozen leaves)
Grated coconut: 3/4th cup (fresh/frozen)
Buttermilk: 2 cups (we like the tambli thin like rasam)
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp (optional)
Green chilli: 1-2
Salt: According to taste
Coconut Oil: 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds: ½ tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Curry leaves: 4-6
Broken red chilli: 1 (optional)


  • Grind together the brahmi leaves, grated coconut, cumin seeds, green chilli with little yogurt/curd. Prepare a very smooth paste with this.
  • Mix the buttermilk with the chutney prepared. Add salt & mix well.
  • Prepare the tempering by adding oil, followed by mustard seeds, curry leaves, broken red chilli & finally asafoetida/hing. Pour this tempering over the tambli prepared. Refrigerate it & use it within the next couple of hours with rice, pickle or papad.

Steps followed to freeze brahmi leaves:
Wash the leaves thoroughly, include the tender stem. Add very little water & prepare a puree out of the leaves.Pour the puree to the freezing tray.Once brahmi cubes are formed, store the cubes in the ziplock bags for up to a month.

One more brahmi recipe can be found here at my blog.


  1. Frozen is fine, in fact better than canned food since it freezes quickly retaining the nutrition. I do freeze lot of herbs and chillies too! :)

    Tambli looks delicious, but I have never tasted Brahmi leaves before tho', don't think I get them here.

  2. I never used or tasted brahmi in my cooking..tambli looks lovely..

  3. I remember mom making tambli, but dont know what leaves she uses:-).Is brahmi leaves - bilpathre yele? I really dont know. Tambli looks yum. It has been so long since I have had that.

  4. @Ashakka,
    That was a very quick & useful comment. Thanks a lot.

    Thank you dear

  5. Sushma, freezing is absolutely fine and they wil not loose any nutritional value so go ahead and continue freezing... This recipe seems very simple and after seeing this my mouth is watering oh my...

  6. tambil looks delicious Sushma. I never tries brahmi in wonder the taste

  7. I love brahmi tambli its really good for health

  8. wow! brahmi ..adu frozen never heard of this ...looks sooo cool hey nanage tumba ista brahmi du tamli ..chenngideri

  9. Hey, ya timare leaves are very gud to improve the memory skill.. I used to eat 1-2 leaves daily morning, specially exam seasons :)!!
    Love to have this chutney.. as never tried tambli of it.. but as Asha told i dont think will find here :(!!

  10. never heard or seen it before.. thanks for sharing it.

  11. Wow, that's a new recipe to me. Looks great and yummy Sushma :)

  12. Never heard about this before. Very new to me. Let me see whether I get this stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  13. New to me...Hever came across that name....Recipe looks gr8!

  14. Yes, Brahmi is a very good ayurvedic stuff for memory.Nice recipe with that leaf.

  15. Thanks for the wonderful tip sush. I will buy that big bunch of Brahmi leaves next time I am in Little India. Tambli is a soother to have for lunch.

  16. @Ashwini,
    Brahmi & Bilpatre(Bilwapatre) are not same dear. Brahmi is a Sanskrit word for Ondelaga (Kannada), Timare (Tulu). It is also known as gotu kola.

    @Ramya Vijayanand,
    Thanks a lot for the useful information & also for wonderful comments.

    @Trupti, Deesha,
    Thank you ladies :)

    @Mangala Bhat,
    I started freezing Brahmi Mangala ;) Thanks for the lovely comments.

    @Archy, Ann, Uma
    Thanks a lot for your comments.

  17. tamblo looks lovely.. Nice dish will try it out

  18. Even I prepare Thambli & Chutney from Ondelaga/Brahmi... Nice recipe..:-)
    I have not seen this leaves in US.. but heard that its available in Chinese grocery stores...

  19. Wow new and interesting recipe. Looks so yummy and delicious.

  20. Hey sushma how did you freeze bramhi. Did you make puree first.

  21. Namaskara,

    This is Badarinath Palavalli, a television cameraman from Bengaluru.

    We wil' try this recipe at home mam.

    Please visit my Kannada poetry blog:

  22. Ondelaga is extensively used in North Kanara especially in Sirsi/Siddapura area.Tambli is a regular recipe is truly known for improving memory and concentration.



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