Brahmi Leaves / Vallarai Keerai Chutney(Indian Penny wort)

Botanical Name - Centella asiatica is called as Brahmi in Hindi and Vallarai Keerai in Tamil.

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Centella asiatica, a perennial herb also known as gotu kola, produces fan-shaped, green leaves that are harvested and used for medicinal purposes.

Some benefits of this leaves

Centella asiatica is used to revitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention span and concentration, and combat aging. It also has antioxidant properties and works for venous insufficiency. The role of Centella asiatica extract in the treatment of memory enhancement and other neurodegenerative disorders. Source Wikipedia.

It has been used for wound healing, better circulation, memory enhancement, cancer, vitality, general tonic, respiratory ailments, detoxifying the body, treatment of skin disorders (such as psoriasis and eczema), revitalizing connective tissue, burn and scar treatment, clearing up skin infections, slimming and edema, arthritis, rheumatism, treatment of liver and kidneys, periodontal disease, strengthening of veins (varicose veins), blood purifier, high blood pressure, sedative, anti-stress, anti-anxiety, an aphrodisiac, immune booster, anabolic and adaptogen etc. Source http://www.anyvitamins.com/centella-asiatica-info.htm

This post has been in my pictures folder for 2 years. Recently while looking at the pictures saw many which has not been posted. I will be leaving to India in 2 weeks so thought of posting all pending( atleast some) before I leave. So here I am with a very healthy nutritious and tasty chutney for you all. The leaves were freshly grown in a pot at my mom's house. They look so cute and love their fan shaped leaves. Making thogayal(thuvayal), chutney, dhal,sambar, poriyal with this leaf is very common in my house. Today I am posting the recipe for making a simple chutney.


Brahmi Leaves - 1 cup
Green chillies - 2 or 3(as spice needed)
Garlic - 2 or 3 flakes
Tamarind - 1/2 inch
Coconut - 1/4 cup grated
Oil - 1 or 2 tsp

Heat 1 tsp of oil and add the leaves saute for a minute and next add green chillies garlic and tamarind. Fry till the leaves shrink. In the end add grated coconut and saute once or twice. Switch off and cool. Take this is a mixie and add salt and grind. In the same kadai add the remaining oil and heat ,add the tempering ingredients like a little of mustard seeds urad dhal and curry leaves. When they splutter reduce flame and the ground paste. Saute for 1 for 2 minutes. Remove and serve with idli or dosa.

23 comments/Reactions:

Sravs said...

Very new veggies leaves to me !! super recipe with tasty savors !!

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Hema said...

Never tried a chutney with this, looks really good..

Unknown said...

Lovely and delicious


Sangeetha Nambi said...

This will give more memory.. So i need it :)

Reva said...

I love Vallarai..:) Chutney idea sounds delicious..:)
Thanks for sharing Padma..

Priya Suresh said...

Sounds truly interesting, wat a brilliant idea of using greens in chutney,thanks Padma for sharing.

Satya said...

never tried this chutney ...looks gr8 n i am sure it will be very tasty
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Kumudha said...

Brahmin leaves chutney looks so good!

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Torviewtoronto said...

looks wonderful we make a porridge and raw salad with this vallarai

tvcorners said...

it is a different chutney i try this at home thanks for share

Unknown said...

what a wonderful way of consuming these leaves! Kudoos Padma! Glad to follow you,do visit mine when you find time

Anonymous said...

Vallarai and Brahmi are two different leaves


wow..looks yummy :)


Sangeetha Priya said...

First time here, wow wonderful space u have...Healthy n delicious chutney!!!

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Girish said...

It is strongly not advised to fry Brahmi but use them raw (after properly washing it) to retain its medicinal values.

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