Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thoothuvalai Rasam / Herbal green leaf soup

Thoothuvalai Rasam
Thoothuvalai Rasam

Thoothuvalai Rasam / Thuthuvalai rasam is one of the healthy recipe as this keerai has plenty of medicinal benefits. This rasam / soup is the best home remedy for treating cold and cough.

Botanical name for Thoodhuvalai plant is Solanum trilobatum. This plant is full of thorns similar to rose plant. The leaves as well have very small thorns near the bottom of the leaf. Make sure you remove those big thorns before cooking. This herbal green leaves is not easily available in market. Because of its medicinal properties, we got it planted in our home and consuming it once in a while or whenever we feel a symptom of getting cold or cough. Though its a medicinal plant, the taste of rasam is absolutely delicious. Try out this rasam recipe at your home and share your feedback in the comments section below.

Ingredients (serves for 6)

Thoothuvalai keerai - 2 cups ( leaves only ) [1 cup size = 240 ml ]
garlic - 10 - 15 pods
small onions - 4 - 5
cumin seeds - 1.5 teaspoon
fennel seeds - 1 teaspoon
pepper - 1 teaspoon
red chili - 2
curry leaves - 2 sprigs
salt - as needed
asafoetida - a pinch
oil - 4 tsp
tamarind - 1 big lemon size


  • clean out the big thorns and stems from the plant
  • take only the leaves. [Note: small stems and thorns would be fine as we are going to grind the leaves once fried. ]
  • wash the leaves well
  • soak tamarind in 4 cups of water
  • heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan and fry garlic, small onions and curry leaves
  • once the onions and garlic are fried, add red chili, pepper, cumin seeds and fennel seeds
  • saute it for a minute and then cool it down. Transfer it to a mixer
  • grind it to a smooth paste
  • add 2 more tsp of oil in the same pan and fry the thoothuvalai keerai leaves till they shrunk and get cooked completely
  • transfer it to the grounded paste in the mixer and grind it along to a smooth paste
  • extract tamarind juice and then add the grounded paste
  • add salt
  • heat the rasam in medium flame
  • bring it to boil and then switch off the flame
  • serve it with hot white rice
  • Its the best home remedy for cold and cough. Enjoy making at home. 

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