Mana thakkali / Milagu thakkali keerai kootu recipe

We prepare Milagu thakkali keerai kootu recipe from the leaves of Solanum nigrum. This is a traditional medicinal plant. You can also call this as “black nightshade”. We use the  juice of these leaves to cure mouth ulcers and skin diseases. These leaves are also used for dysentery, fever, asthma, tuberculosis and stomach complaints. Manathakkali – wikipedia. We cook the leaves and berries with tamarind, onion and cumin seeds and consume. 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 will prepare a side dish with manathakkali keerai kootu.

Manathakkali keerai
Manathakkali keerai
Milagu thakkali keerai kootu – 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
Milagu thakkali keerai kootu – Method of preparation:-

1. Firstly wash and chop manathakkali keerai. Keep it ready.

Chopped manathakkali keerai
Chopped manathakkali keerai

2. Secondly heat one tea spoon of oil in a fry pan and add cumin seeds.

Cumin seeds added
Cumin seeds added

3. Thirdly 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. Further cut red chilly into two halves 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 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. Finally 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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