Saturday, June 6, 2009

Brahmi Thuvayal

My mom-in-law’s native is a small village near Hebri, Karnataka, India. I feel, she has lived her life as a princess there with 7 brothers & 4 sisters. Yes, you read it right; my hubby’s maternal grandparents had 12 children. That village belongs to the Kudremukh National Park & is amazingly beautiful.

Their house is a small palace with greenery & stream surrounding it. One can hear the water flowing in the stream while cooking in the kitchen, isn’t that bliss? Here is the view of the stream from kitchen.

This is the land that introduced me to a lot of herbs/vegetables like Brahmi, Punarpuli, Vaatehuli etc. I am a crazy fan of Brahmi(popularly known as Gotu Kola) since then. I keep exploring for more & more Brahmi dishes. This herb never disappoints me in whatever dish I put it in. I have used this to garnish my stir-fry too.

Coming to this brahmi recipe, this recipe is from my friend. She passed this recipe during one of our usual chatting sessions, however I have made some changes to it (as expected, my hands start itching if I don’t make modifications to the original).

Brahmi leaves: 2 cups (I used 6 cubes of frozen Brahmi).
Urad dal: 1 tbsp
Red chilli: 2
Tamarind: 1 big grape sized
Grated coconut: 2 tbsp (optional, this was not in the original recipe)
Jaggery: a pinch (optional, this was not in the original recipe)
Oil: 1 tsp
For tempering:
Oil: 1 tsp
Curry leaves: 1 string (6-8 leaves)
Mustard Seeds: ¼ tsp
Asafetida: a big pinch


  • Wash the brahmi leaves & pat them dry.

  • Heat oil in a broad pan, when oil is hot, add udal dal, when urad dal turns golden brown, add red chillies & fry for 20-30secs. Follow, red chillies by brahmi leaves & saute until soft (becomes dark green).

  • Allow the leaves to cool completely. Once cooled, grind the leaves together with coconut, tamarind, jaggery & salt without adding much water (add few drops of water only)

  • Heat oil in a pan, when oil is hot, add mustard seeds, followed by curry leaves & asafetida. Then add the paste prepared & saute till all water is absorbed (3-5 minutes).

  • Allow the chutney to cool & this can be stored in the refrigirator for 3-5 days. Goes well with curd rice, akki rotti & dosas.

This thuvayal & brahmi tambli goes to "SWC: Cooking with Greens" hosted by Sowmya of Creative Saga & to Lakshmi who is the creator of the event.


  1. Gal, that is an amazing view from kitchen..I used enjoy this kind of view in Hongkong where my house is just 10 feet away from the sea and i could get to hear the waves of sea from every room of the house.
    hmm anyways i miss that now...ur brahmi thuvayal looks great..Never saw this herb nor tasted it so far..Need to find this soon..

  2. hi Sushma,
    O devre!!! nange alli hogbeku annistide ri!!! wah!! pure bliss to live in such a palatial house surrounded by nature at it's best :)illi pollution matte bisilalli bendu nondu padu bedappa :(
    this herb is called ek paani in konkani...naav saha chutney ,tambli maadteve..this one is new to me though...shall try it some time, looks promising sushma, nice snaps.
    Stay happy
    Hugs to u and ur kiddo :)
    Happy weekend

  3. You can see the garbage can from my balcony :( !! I have heard bhrami tambli but not gojju. Anyways ee ooru -alli yelli antha ee soppu-ge hunt madli? India-ge hodmele kanditha madi ninge helthini aitha? :P

  4. Ha beatutiful pictures.. boy you folks are lucky

  5. wow what a beautiful house that is .. I love brahmi .. nice dish

  6. Oh my thats a wonderful house..lovely view..this dish is new to me..never cooked up anything with brahmi leaves..very interesting dish..thanks for sharing

  7. Waw What a life to live in such a serene place and beautiful house...Brahmi..I have always heard BABA RAMDEV speaking of its benefits and to incorporate it in such a delicious way is commendable....

  8. Excellent view from kitchen. I really enjoyed looking at this picture. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I was introduced to this herb recently when I saw MIL picking the leaves from the vines. They had brought it all the way from Manglore where it grows everywhere and at random. I too made a chutney but as per MIL's recipe. Was surprised that it tasted good - I mean a medicinal herb and tasting nice:)! Your version looks good too!

  10. Wow, those are gorgeous pictures Sushma! So lucky of you to see that beautiful place :)

    Never heard of this dish before. Looks interesting and yummy!!

  11. wow so lucky u r such a beautiful house love to live like this house hummm very healthy recipe.I heard about this leaves but never use them

  12. A very beautiful place and an excellent picture, feel like getting lost in this place of serene beauty. YOur recipe looks very nice, can you tell me what Brahmi is, is there any other name for it?

  13. Amazing clicks. Beautiful places & lovely dish too.

  14. Great place and good pics. This herb is new to me. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Malenaadinaalli Huttodhe ondhu punya..allinna nature is awesome..proud to be born in malenaadu...

    Coming to ur recipe, looks interesting and delicious. Have to try once when i am back :-)

    Thanks for posting the nice pic.

  16. Oh wow new to me....looks yum...really a awesome place....

  17. That place looks beautiful! Loved your brahmi chutney. But where did u get the leaves from?

  18. rii..alle pakkadalli site khali idre heli kodsi..ahhaa..enu view kitchen inda :) awesome! Thuvayal looks yummy!

  19. which place it is?My dad's place near shivapura which is close to hebri. nice snaps...also thuvayal.

  20. @All,
    Thanks a lot ladies.

    @A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine,
    This is generally called gotu kola,
    in Kannada: it is called ondelaga & in Tulu : Timare. For more information refer this I hope I have helped you.

    we get these leaves at Indian Vegetable markets in Singapore :)

    This place is Kabbinale. Thanks a lot for visiting.

  21. @LG,
    naanu ivarige helthane iddene, site thogoli antha, ivru manasse madtha illa. Nimage sigutta antha keli nodthene aitha :)

  22. Hey u r from kar..iam from mysore..
    onemore kannada blog..kushi aithu..changidhe recipe collections..i guess first time here :)



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