Black Nightshade / Solanum Nigrum, which is popularly known as Manathakali keerai in Tamilnadu region is one of the healthiest green leafy vegetable. It has lots of medicinal values and it is an important ingredient in Indian medicines. This is an excellent vegetable to treat stomach related infections and mouth ulcers. Apart from these, it gives strength to muscles, reduces urinary infection and constipation.
Various recipes can be prepared using this magical leaves like Manathakali kootu, Manathakali soup, Manathakali poriyal etc. The berries are also edible and the dried ones are very famous in South Indian Kuzhambu, which is called Manathakali vatha kuzhambu. Today, I am sharing my mom's recipe, which she used to prepare at least monthly twice during our childhood days, to reduce body heat. Manathakali keerai Thanni Saaru is an excellent medicinal kuzhambu for ulcer, as it contains coconut too. Very easy to prepare and it should be served with plain white rice. The consistency of saaru should be watery and only few ingredients required to prepared this delicious saaru. Here comes the recipe...
2 Cups Manathakali Keerai, Chopped
2 Green Chillies, slitted
2 Medium Onions, Finely chopped
1/4 Cup Coconut, grated
1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
Salt to taste
Take Manathakali keerai, Green chillies and finely chopped onions in a deep pan.
Add 2 Cups of water and cook it for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, grind coconut and Jeera to a fine paste by adding water.
Add the ground paste along with 1 - 11/2 cups of water and salt.
Boil it for couple of minutes and switch off the flame.
Serve with plain rice.