Friday, 17 February 2012

Manathakkaali Vartal podi | Blacknightshade Dal Spice Mix

My second post for Srivalli's Blogging Marathon is a spice mix.If you have been following my blog, you would be aware about my love for simple spice mixes that brighten up a meal.Here is another one joining the band...


Manathakkali vatral is a commodity that is rarely being used these days.The leaves and berries of the plant called black nightshade or manathakkali is said to have numerous health benefits.

Updated: Here are the names of this plant in other languages.

Botanical Name - Solanum Nigrum
Kannada -  Kakkesappu / Kaanchekaai
Tamil / Malayalam - Manathakkali 


Manathakkali vartal  cleanses the internal organs and hence taking these during the post partum period is very important.

If you are new to this ingredient, here is what it looks like....



Also, this can be made at home. The procedure is very simple and can be found here.

Mom made this simple spice mix that can be eaten with piping hot steamed rice. This is a recipe that my grandmom had prepared for my mom after I was born.So here comes a recipe straight from grandma's kitchen...

You need:

Manathakkali Vatral - a little less than 1/4 cup
White urad dhal - 1/2 cup
Red chilli - 1
Black peppercorns- 10 numbers
Salt to taste
Ghee - 1 teaspoon

  1. Heat ghee in a pan[on low flame] and put in the manathakkali vatral.Fry till they puff up. Take care not to char the vartal.Drain from the ghee and remove it onto a plate.
  2. In the remaining ghee add the urad dal,peppercorns and red chilli.Fry till the dal turns brown.Cool.
  3. Grind the vatral and urad dal,red chillies,peppercorns with salt to a semi fine powder.
  4. Store in an airtight container.



To serve, drizzle melted ghee over piping hot steamed rice and add a teaspoon or more of the spice mix. Mix well and consume this as the first part of the noon meal.

When I say steamed rice, you need not serve it like the rice you need for sambar / rasam rice. A small quantity of rice, a few morsels, is more than enough.

This rice will be slightly bitter but while considering the healing properties of these berries, the bitterness will simply not matter....


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Bon Appetit...

15 comments:

  1. Gosh I remember that..very interesting one..wish one gets to make it other times and enjoy too..:)

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  2. well never heard of this..infact we are not allowed rice even till 3weeks!!

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  3. Manathakkali podi is something i love even otherwise. I guess my postpartum is going to be easier thanks to this! Enjoy yours...

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  4. We make these too. another informative post from you

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  5. This looks healthy

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  6. this is new recipe for me...wud love to try

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  7. I am not aware of these berries but the podi looks very interesting!

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  8. Like the spice powder. Can you give me the Kannada or Marathi equivalent of this berry?

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  9. I have made vatha kuzhambhu out ofthis. This podi is new to me , healthy dish.

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  10. I am not sure what that ingredient is but we too have a simlar version in Andhra.

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  11. Very interesting podi recipe. Never used manathakkali in podi...

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  12. Interesting podi.. Thanks for sharing

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