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Tuesday, December 29, 2020


PirandaiMilaguKuzhambu :

Pirandai [ Veldt Grape ] Milagu Kuzhambu

#Pirandai is the Thamizh name for #VeldtGrape or #AdamantCreeper. It is called #Hadjod in Hindi. It is also known as #Arukani or #Vajravalli in Thamizh.

The botanical name is Cissus quadrangularis. Since ancient times the creeper has been in use to strengthen bones and to treat bone ailments.

In Ayurveda system of medicine Pirandai - Veldt grape has been used to heal broken bones and injured ligaments & tendons.

Pirandai [ Devils' Backbone / Veldt Grape ]

A few days back I prepared Pirandai kuzhambu and 

the taste happened to be better than Pirandai thuvaiyal

Now I have tried Milagu kuzhambu using Pirandai [ Veldt grape or Vajravalli ].

Preparation Time            : 10 - 15 mins

Cooking Time                 : 15 - 20 mins.

Quantity prepared           : 1 1/2 - 2 cups approx.

Ingredients :
1/2 CupPirandai pieces cleaned
1/2 CupPirandai leaves
15 - 20Sundaikkai - Pea eggplant [ optional ]
10 - 15Small Onion, chop nicely
10 - 15Garlic pods, chop nicely
10 - 15Curry leaves
Marble sizeTamarind, soak in hot water
Powders to add :
1 Tsp heapedSambar powder
1 TspCoriander powder
1/2 inch longTurmeric tuber, chop finely*
1 1/2 - 2 TspSalt [ adjust ]
To Grind :
1 TspBlack pepper [ Milagu ]
2 TspCumin seed [ Jeera ]
4 TspCoconut scrappings
1/2 TspKhus khus [ poppy seeds ]
15 - 20 TspCurry leaves
To Temper :
1/2 TspMustard seed
1 TspBengal gram [ kadala paruppu ]
10 - 12Ground nuts [ Peanuts ]
Small pieceAsafoetida
4 - 5 TspGroundnut or Gingelly oil

Note : 

*If Turmeric tuber isn't available, use 2 pinches of turmeric powder.

If tender stems of Pirandai are chosen then it can be used in the preparation without removing the fiber from the edges of it. If it is a well grown stem then the fiber at the edges has to be removed before cooking. There comes a sticky liquid while cutting or removing fiber over the edges of Pirandai. When our skin comes into contact with this sticky liquid, we feel an itchy sensation. So the pieces of Pirandai have to be sauteed well in oil before consuming, otherwise it may itches our throat.

Method :

Clean pirandai stem & then chop into small pieces.

Set aside.

If Sundaikkai is being taken then cut into halves and put into a vessel containing water.

Heat a kadai with half a teaspoon of oil on a stove over slow flame.

Crackle mustard seeds and then roast bengal gram, groundnuts till golden brown.

Transfer into a bowl.

Then in the same kadai add half a teaspoon of oil.

Add black pepper and stir continuously with a ladle.

When it starts crackling add cumin seeds and keep stirring.

Remove from kadai once Cumin seed splutters & changes in color.

Transfer into a mixie jar.

Then roast curry leafs with little oil till leaves turn crisp.

Transfer into the mixie jar. Add khus khus & coconut scrapping into the jar. 

Grind into a smooth paste adding enough water. Keep aside.

In the same kadai add 2 - 3 teaspoon of oil and saute pirandai pieces [ Veldt grape ].

Stir continuously till pirandai stem turns soft and changes to pale green in color.

Next add chopped onion, chopped garlic, pirandai leaves, curry leaves, half of finely chopped turmeric tuber [ or turmeric powder ] & halved sundaikkai.

Saute for a minute or till onion turns pale pink in color.

In the meantime heat another kadai or a heavy bottomed vessel with a cup of water on another burner over medium flame.

Turn off the stove and transfer sauteed pirandai and other ingredients into the kadai with water.

Then add Sambar powder, coriander powder and finely chopped turmeric tuber [ or turmeric powder ].

Also add crackled mustard seeds, roasted bengal gram & groundnuts.

Let it simmer for 5 minutes or till sundaikkai cooks well.

Pirandai [ Veldt Grape ] Milagu Kuzhambu

Then add ground coconut - black pepper paste and salt.

Allow to simmer till its raw smell goes off.

Pirandai [ Veldt Grape ] Milagu Kuzhambu

Finally squeeze out juice from soaked tamarind with half a cup of water and strain into boiling mixture.

Let it be on fire for another two minutes.

Pirandai [ Veldt Grape ] Milagu Kuzhambu

Adjust salt and put some teared curry leaves.

Turn off the stove and transfer tasty Pirandai milagu kuzhambu into a serving bowl.

Pirandai [ Veldt Grape ] Milagu Kuzhambu

Just like Pirandai kuzhambu, Pirandai milagu kuzhambu tastes superb when mixed with hot rice.

Take hot rice in a plate and pour a ladle full of Pirandai kuzhambu and a tsp of gingelly oil. 

Mix well with hand and relish with any vegetable stir fry [ poriyal ] or any kara curry.

Pirandai kuzhambu is a great accompaniment to lentil & ghee mixed hot rice [ Paruppu sadham ].

It may also go well with tiffins like idli

dosai and appam.

Other recipes you might like to try

Bhringaraj [ karisalangkanni ] thuvaiyal
Bringaraj chutney
Pirandai Ilai [ Veldt grape leaf ] Thuvaiyal
Pirandai Ilai [ Veldt grape leaf ] Thuvaiyal
Pudhina yoghurt chutney
Pudhina yogurt chutney
Vallarai [ centella ] chutney
Vallarai [ centella ] chutney
Poduthalai thuvaiyal
Poduthalai thuvaiyal
Pirandai [ Veldt grape ] thuvaiyal
Pirandai [ Veldt grape ] thuvaiyal

Varieties of Recipes

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