Ayurvedic dictionary classifies Indian pennywort , Centella asciatica /vellari keerai (tamil)/ muthil kudangal ( malayalam) / brahmi booothi ( hindi) as the ultimate go to for any thing related to the brain.
Uses of Indian pennywort
Scientifically named Centella asciatica , this powerful herb known to be used in addiction issues and memory . It is well known medicine for a hair growth. This Asiatic / Indian pennywort is all goodness symbolised. Often it served as a tea to bring about calmness and open up the mind.
The regular usage of this herb strengthens the nerves and blood vascular system.
The leaves have a mild soapy taste . My common recipes with it is as juice, chutney or even as pizza topping. But the household favorite is this “Vellarai keerai thair pachadi “( raitha) . Essentially the kids love it as this yogurt salad and the pachadi can be served with any mixed rice, Indian flatbread, pulao or biryani.
It’s a real simple taste and the taste of toasted coconut makes it all the more inviting. it takes of the unpleasant taste of the raw greens.
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Vellarai keerai thaiyr pachadi
Indian pennywort yogurt dip
- 2 bunches indian pennywort small bunches , vellari keerai
- 1/4 cup grated coconut fresh or frozen
- Green chillies finely chopped based on spice level
- 1 inch ginger peeled and chopped fine
- 1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
- salt to taste
- 2 cups yogurt low fat, chilled
- Wash and clean the Indian Penny wort/ Vallarai keerai and remove the roots After the greens are cooled, grind along with grated coconut, green chilli and ginger to a coarse mixture. Transfer the ground vallarai mixture to curd and whisk again.
- Chop finely, with green chillies and ginger. Set aside.
- In a small pan dry roast the coconut for about two minutes on a medium flame till aromatic
- Add the yogurt to a bowl and whisk in the cumin and salt
- Add in the roasted coconut and the chopped greens, chillies and cucumber.
- Serve cold.
The leaf of indian pennywort is in a semicircle form. Identification of the leaf from other weeds is important.
Calories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.05gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 44mgPotassium: 163mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 5g
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