Mana thakkali / Milagu thakkali keerai kootu recipe is prepared from the leaves of Solanum nigrum, a traditional medicinal plant. This is also called as “black nightshade”. The juice of these leaves are used to cure mouth ulcers and skin diseases. They are also used in dysentery, fever, asthma, tuberculosis and stomach complaints. Manathakkali – wikipedia. The leaves and berries are routinely consumed as food after cooking with tamarind, onion and cumin seeds. The berries are referred to as “fragrant tomato” and these fruits are common dish in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra and Karnataka.
Botanical name:- Solanum nigrum
Common name:- Black nightshade
Tamil name:- Manathakkali / Milaguthakkali
Now we prepare a side dish with the leaves / keerai.
Ingredients:- (200ml cup used)
- manathakkali keerai – 2 cup
- oil – 1 tsp
- cumin seeds / seeragam – 1 tsp
- onion – 1 (chopped)
- red chilly – 1
- arisi mandi / rice rinsed water – 1 cup
- Moong dal – 1/2 cup (cooked)
- salt – to taste
1. Wash and chop manathakkali keerai. Keep it ready.
2. Heat oil in a fry pan and add cumin seeds.
3. When it splutters add chopped onion and fry.
4. Then cut red chilly into two and add. Next add chopped manathakkali keerai and sauté.
5. When it shrinks add arisi mandi / rice rinsed water to it. Close and cook for five minutes.
6. When it is cooked well, reduce flame.
7. Now add cooked moong dal and mix well.
8. Serve as side dish along with rice.