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Manathakkali Keerai Kootu

This edible weed, Wonderberry or Sunberry, grows wild both at home in my balcony and at our school garden. It automatically shows up at this time every year and lasts for most part of the year. Check out Nina Sengupta’s colouring book on edible weeds where it features.

Very easy to propagate through stem cuttings. Black berries are delicious to just pick and eat. Leaves can be cooked. Shows up in garden fringes, resilient.

Leaves are supposed to be good for ulcers, eyesight and skin infections among other benefits.

Recipe:
1) Boil moong dal with some turmeric
2) Add the greens in the end and cover and cook with some water if needed
3) Tempering: heat coconut oil in a small wok, add mustard seeds till they splutter, a spoon of urad dal and jeera, a split green chilli, some smashed smoked garlic cloves. Add a few chopped shallots/ small onions and a small chopped tomato. Add a spoon of sambar powder and salt to taste.
Add the dal and manathakkali greens. Give it a boil on low heat. Cover and turn off flame.

Poongar Rice from Farmer and Co, Chennai

Poongar, a red rice grown in Tamil Nadu is called the women’s rice. According to traditional oral knowledge, this rice helps women at different stages in preventing a range of health problems, from gynaecological issues to joint pains.

A high iron content means it is best eaten as a kanji or a neeragaram.

Poongar is one of the many varieties that are said to be beneficial to women.

Recipe: 1) Wash poongar rice 2) Boil in an open vessel with water till the rice is cooked 3) Strain excess reddish water and use as kanji 2) Serve with a dollop of nei/ ghee/clarified butter.

Serve Poongar Rice with nei, Manathakalli Kootu and Bittergourd chips on a rainy day!

Manathakkali Keerai Kootu This edible weed, Wonderberry or Sunberry, grows wild both at home in my balcony and at our school garden. It automatically…