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
Now we will prepare a side dish with manathakkali keerai kootu.
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.
2. Secondly heat one tea spoon of oil in a fry pan and add cumin seeds.
3. Thirdly when it splutters add chopped onion and fry.
4. Further cut red chilly into two halves and add. Next add chopped manathakkali keerai and sauté.
5. When it shrinks add arisi mandi to it. Close and cook for five minutes.
6. When it is cooked well, reduce flame.
7. Finally add cooked moong dal and mix well.
8. Serve as side dish along with rice.