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Chutney with Thoothuvalai Leaves

Also known as Solanum Trilobatum, Thoothuvalai is a wonderful medicinal creeper that you can grow in your balcony. It is known to be an excellent cure for cold and cough. The leaves have thorns, so plucking them might not be an enjoyable experience. I use it when I sense the onset of a cold and immediately make a chutney, mix it with hot rice and ghee. 
Ingredients Tootuvalai leaves Mint leaves Coriander leaves Tamarind 1 medium size ball Chopped ginger 2 tsps Chopped green chilli 1 Urad dal 1 tsp Curry leaves Asafoetida block 1 medium size Salt to taste Cooking oil 1tbsp
Method 1. Wash the tootuvalai leaves well. Take care not to poke your fingers. 2. Wash the mint and coriander leaves and set aside. 3. In a small wok, heat cooking oil.  4. Add asafoetida. It will puff up like a fryum.  5. Add urad dal and saute. 6. Add curry leaves. Let it fry a bit until it turns crunchy, but not black. 7. Add the mint and coriander leaves. Saute until the leaves fold.  8. Add the tamarind and saute for 2 minutes. 9. Sw…

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