Mana thakkali / Milagu thakkali keerai kootu recipe

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

We have already prepared Manathakkali Vathal and Manathakkali vatha kuzhambu.

Now we prepare a side dish with the leaves / keerai.

Manathakkali keerai
Manathakkali 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

Method:-

1. Wash and chop manathakkali keerai. Keep it ready.

Chopped manathakkali keerai
Chopped manathakkali keerai

2. Heat oil in a fry pan and add cumin seeds.

Cumin seeds added
Cumin seeds added

3. When it splutters add chopped onion and fry.

Cumin seeds and chopped onions in fry pan
Cumin seeds and chopped onions in fry pan

4. Then cut red chilly into two and add. Next add chopped manathakkali keerai and sauté.

Manathakkali keerai added to fry pan
Manathakkali keerai added to fry pan

5. When it shrinks add arisi mandi / rice rinsed water to it. Close and cook for five minutes.

Arisi mandi added to manathakkali keerai
Arisi mandi added to manathakkali keerai

6. When it is cooked well, reduce flame.

Cooked manathakkali keerai in fry pan
Cooked manathakkali keerai in fry pan

7. Now add cooked moong dal and mix well.

Cooked moong dal added
Cooked moong dal added

8. Serve as side dish along with rice.

Mana thakkali / Milagu thakkali keerai kootu recipe
Mana thakkali / Milagu thakkali keerai kootu recipe

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