" Vallarai Keerai" in Tamil called as "Brahmi" leaves in Hindi is widely used in Ayurveda Medicine. This green leaf is used to fight against Alzheimer's disease, improving memory, fight against ADHD ( Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ) and as a general tonic to reduce stress and promote good human health.
Using these rich green leaves, I made an aromatic and flavourful Herbal Green Leaf Powder / Podi which can be enjoyed with hot rice and little ghee on top. It can also be enjoyed with Idli / Dosas too. I made it more nutritious by adding horsegram / kollu to this powder.
You can customize this mixture by substituting Kollu / Horsegram with Toor dal. Add garlic to this powder if you like that taste of it. But its purely optional.
Vallarai Keerai - 2 Big Bunch Bunch
Curry Leaves - 3 Sticks
Horsegram // Kollu / Ulavu - 1/2 cup
Urad Dal / Ulutham Paruppu - 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeera - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies - 6 or 7
Asafoetida - 1 Dash
Salt - To Taste
Wash the Brahmi Leaves and dry them on a thin muslin cloth or paper for 6-8 hours till they get dried completely. Dry Roast the brahmi leaves and curry leaves together on medium heat in a pan or kadai. Allow them to cool completely.
Dry roast all other ingredients except salt in the same pan till golden brown. Cool them completely.
Grind all together in a mixer grinder / blender to a fine smooth powder. Add required amount of salt and asafoetida and grind once again for 2 seconds to mix them.
Store it in an airtight container and enjoy.
As its a dry powder, add a tsp of ghee while serving this with hot rice. If you are using this as a gun powder for Idly / Dosas, add few tsps of Sesame oil and serve. It enhances the taste for sure.
You can make vallarai keerai vadai, vallarai keerai adai, Vallarai keerai kootu / Paruppu too.