My husband loves gardening. He has grown a lot of plants in our kitchen garden which yields us different varieties of vegetables during winter and herbs like mint all year long. There are two plants among them which I adore as they are medicinal plants and helps us heal ourselves and our kids when they fall sick.
One is the most revered plant in Hindu tradition, Tulsi or holy basil. He has grown it all around the house and it feels so divine when we sit in our backyard filled with Tulsi plants. The second is these Sambarpalli leaves or Cuban oregano. They are very good to cure cold and stomach problems in both kids and adults. Sharing a picture of our plant.
Though people make so many dishes with these leaves including pakoras, my favourite is this simple chutney ad it not only tastes delicious but is easy to make as well. I try to make this chutney atleast once a week so that we consume the leaves regularly in this way.
Hope you all try this chutney too. Happy and healthy cooking!
5 to 7 leaves of Sambarpalli/ Panikoorka/ Doddapatre / Cuban oregano
1 Cup Coconut (freshly grated or desiccated)
1 small Onion
1/2 inch Ginger piece
3 green chillies
Salt to taste
Step by step recipe:
1. Wash well and heat the leaves in a pan till it changes colour and starts oozing water.
2. Allow it to cool down.
3. Meanwhile, add coconut, onion, green chillies and salt in a blender.
4. Add the cooled sambarpalli leaves too.
5. Using water as required, grind to a fine paste.
* If you don’t have these leaves, skip it and you get simple raw onion chutney which I make regularly.
* Add coriander leaves instead of Sambarpalli leaves and you get coriander leaves chutney.
* You can skip onion if you are making during vrat days or are a Jain.
* Do not add more than the mentioned leaves as it does not taste good.
* This chutney makes a good combination with Instant Rava idlis.
* These leaves are very healthy and I use them in two ways apart from making chutney:::
1. I put couple of leaves in a vessel along with water. Heat it and take steam inhalation when even having the slightest of cold symptoms.
2. Heat the leaves in a pan as shown in the first picture. Then when it starts oozing water, remove it and crush it using mortar and pestle. Sieve the juice and mix honey (for kids above one year old) . Give as medicine for kids and adults when suffering from cold or stomach ache. Works very well. Take about 6 to 8 leaves for one dose.
Hope these home remedies are helpful to you too. These leaves are really magic!