This article will discuss how to make pirandai thuvaiyal and how to clean it effectively. The recipe for takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook. It is a South Indian recipe and it will yield approximately 1 cup.
Pirandai thuvaiyal uses the key ingredient pirandai. It is well-known as an ingredient that will help to cure indigestion and it has been proven to be beneficial for your bones. Most cooks ignore using it for their meals because it can cause itching while handling.
However, to prevent itching it is simply a matter of applying some sesame or coconut oil on your hands prior to handling. You simply use a knife to remove the fiber.
In southern India cuisine, pirandai is commonly used to make chutney, thuvaiyal, dosai, adai, pickles, vathal, and thuvaiyal curry. The following information will help you with a step-by-step process on how to make thuvaiyal in your home.
The ingredients include 1 cup of tender young pirandai, 2 tablespoons of urad dal, 3 or 4 dry red chilies, 1/4 teaspoon of asafoetida, 1″ ball of tamarind, 5 or 6 garlic cloves, 1/2 cup of grated coconut, 2 tablespoons of oil, and salt to taste.
As mentioned previously, pirandai normally causes itching on your skin when handling. To prevent this itching simply apply some sesame or coconut oil on your hands. Then use a sharp edged knife to remove the fiber from the sides. It is similar to removing fibers from beans or a drumstick. Finally, cut it into small pieces which will make them easy to use.
Now that you have made preparations you are ready to go to the next step which is to make the paste. You begin by heating the oil in a hot kadhai pan. Add to the heated oil the pirandai pieces and cook over a medium flame until the color of it becomes lighter. Once the color is lighter, transfer it to a plate.
Now roast the dry red chilies and the urad dal. Stir in the asafoetida and then put this mixture aside.
Add the tamarind and the garlic and sauté with the coconut. Allow all of the sautéed ingredients to completely cool. Grind the urad dal mixture and then add all of the other ingredients and grind everything together. The mixture may require a little bit of water. And there you have it, your thuvaiyal is ready.
As mentioned previously, pirandai is a very healthy plant. It is beneficial for the heart, bones, and the stomach. It helps to protect the heart and it will alleviate any gastric disorder.
There are many different types as red and ordinary pirandai, uruttu, ball shaped, thattai, muppirandai, square, puli, kalipirandai, theempirandai, and olai.
Pirandai is largely available in Sri Lanka and India. Since it has such a prominent medicinal value it is grown in an area where there is very little movement of people, such as dense forests. These dense forests are known as patrai forests.
But in recent years it has become increasingly more popular in Europe and North America. If you see it in a local or health food store, then why not try it for yourself.