Wednesday, February 18, 2015


#VallaraiParuppuThuvaiyal : Is there anyone who doesn't like #ParuppuThuvaiyal #Pulichchaaru combo or #ParuppuThuvaiyal #Vathakuzhambu with Sutta appalam combo??!! The method of preparing this thuvaiyal is just the same as Paruppu thuvaiyal but along with other ingredients vallarai leaves have been included.
#Vallarai is a herb that grows abundantly near water bodies. #Vallarai [ வல்லாரை ] is commonly known as #centella or gotu kola.
The scientific name is Centella asiatica. It is also known as Asiatic pennywort or Indian pennywort.
It is a creeper and grows over the damp soil near water bodies. It has bunch of leaves connected to another bunch of leaves through a long stem. The creeper is interconnected with one another and runs along the soil. Each leaf has a long stem.
The leaves are said to be good for improving memory and how far this is true we don't know!! Whether its really helpful or not, there is nothing harm in including #vallarai in our diet regularly.
Tasty chutney can be prepared using these leaves.
We have already seen recipe to prepare Vallarai Thaengai chutney and Vallarai Chutney .

Here let me present a nutritious paruppu thuvaiyal where in vallarai leaves have been added.

Vallarai Paruppu Thuvaiyal

Ingredients :
20 - 25Vallarai leaves
3 TbspCoconut scrapings
3 TbspThuvar dhal
2 or 3Red chilly
5 - 6 clovesGarlic
1 TspGingelly oil [ Til/sesame oil ]
3/4 TspSalt [ adjust ]

Method :
Heat a kadai on a stove over medium heat.
Add 1/2 Tsp of oil and fry red chilly until it turns dark red in color.
Transfer on to a clean and dry plate.
Then roast thuvar dhal in the same kadai until it changes to dark golden color.
Transfer on to the same plate.
Now turn off the stove and saute washed vallarai leaves for half a minute.
Then transfer on to the same plate.
Allow them to cool down to room temperature.

Take all the other given ingredients along with fried ones in a mixer grinder jar.
Grind with out adding water.
Then add little water and coarsely grind into a paste.
Adjust salt and lemon juice.
Transfer into a serving bowl.
Vallarai Paruppu Thuvaiyal
Take hot white rice in a plate.
Add 2 Tsp of Vallarai paruppu thuvaiyal and add a tsp of gingelly oil.
Mix well with hands and enjoy with Pulichchaaru or Vathakuzhambu

Other related recipes you may like to try
Paruppu Thuvaiyal Pulichchaaru [ Puli saaru ] Manathakkali Vathakuzhambu

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