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July 25, 2013

Pathila Thoran – Karkkidakam Special Recipe

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The monsoon season or the month of Karkkidakam i.e July – August in Kerala is considered as the best season for Ayurvedic therapies.. Pathila thoran or a dish made with ten leaves is a traditional way of increasing immunity and strength of the body during monsoon.. The leaves are found in and around traditional homesteads and are hand picked from the yard, by lanes or fields to make this dish.. Lets us introduce the ten leafy greens that are used to make this dish..

Ingredients :

   
Thalu - Wild colocasia leaves
Thakara - Cassia tora Sickle Pod
Thazhuthama - Spreading Hogweed (Good for eyesight and eye ailments)
Mathan ila - Pumpkin leaves
Payaru ila - Cow pea leaves
Chena - Elephant yam leaves
Chembu - Colocasia leaves, small ones
Pacha Cheera - Green Spinach
Koovalam - Ivy gourd leaves
Choriyannam - Tragia involucrate. Several types of Tragia involucrata are available. But the one with reddish stem is used for this recipe.
Besides the leaves, we need
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Bird's eye chilly - 3 or 4
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Raw Rice - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - half teaspoon
Oil - ¼th cup
     
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Cooking Method :

Don't forget that only tender leaves are used to make the curry. Wash the leaves and finely chop them. Drain water from the chopped leaves. Grind grated coconut and bird's eye chilly, which is locally known as kanthari mulaku, together coarsely. If it is not available, you can use green chilly instead.

Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add rice to the oil, once the rice turn slight golden colour add the chopped leaves, turmeric powder, salt and ground coconut and chilly.

Mix it well. Cover with a lid and cook for one to two minutes on a low flame.

Now remove the lid, stir the mixture gently and again cover it. Once it is partially cooked, remove the lid, lightly stir it and cook uncovered.

When you feel that the water content has disappeared completely and the leaves are cooked well, turn off the flame. Now pour two or three spoons of coconut oil to add flavour to the curry. You can serve this dish with rice. Try out this recipe and live a healthy life.

 
 
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