Trilobatum or Thoothuvalai keerai is a wonder green. Its great in curing cold and asthma complaints. People suffering from wheezing and cold if could have this regularly can get rid of it and develop good lung strength.
Many of my fellow food blogging friends have written about it but I am adding one more recipe to this list too. We in our backyard have planted this herb and it has grown up nicely in the recent showers. Yesterday we could pluck a plate full of leaves which amma made into a delicious thuvattal.
This picture is taken in our backyard.
Ingredients: Thoothuvalai keerai – packed 1 cup
shallots – 1/2 cup chopped
Garlic – 2 pods chopped
Peanut oil – 2 T spoon
How to make it ?
This keerai has lots of thorns in the stem as well as in the back of the leaves. Use a pair of scissors and cut the thorns from each leaf. As they were just 1 inch max size you don’t need to chop the leaves.
In a thick bottomed skillet heat the oil and when it is hot add the garlic and saute till they turn golden. Now add the shallots and saute till they turn pink. Now goes leaves. Simmer the stove. Saute them till they wilt and get cooked in its own. Do not cover the vessel while the keerai is cooking. Cook in low flame till the keerai is cooked. Serve hot mixed with rice.
They taste really good in hot rice and a very good remedy for cold and cough. Can be fed to children too.