Mudakku means “Pain” and Aruthaan means “One who alleviates/relieves”. To make it simple, Mudakkaruthaan is a natural Pain-killer. This doesn’t mean that this is tagged as a medicine to be taken only during illness. This herb keep us active and healthy!
I consumed this during my pregnancy when I had severe leg cramps in the last trimester. I started giving it to my kid when she turned 1. We have 3 plants of balloon vine in our backyard(1 creeper pic below). This is now available in Farmer’s market(Uzhavar Sandhai) and any greens-seller could get you this on demand.This medicinal herb also treats cough, fever, headache, piles, constipation, diarrhoea, dysentery, menstrual disorder and mainly joint pains. You could not feel the bitter taste when mixed with dosa batter. This dosa will be crispy and delicious. Goes well with any chutney of your choice !
Mudakkathaan Dosai Recipe – Ingredients
Modakkaruthaan keerai – handful
Idli batter – 1.5 cups
Water – 1/4 cup
Gingelly Oil – to drizzle over dosa
1.Clean and wash mudakkathaan keerai. Just the center creeper stalk can be discarded. The leaves attached sprigs can be used.
2.Grind it in a mixie jar. Add lil water and grind again till it is made a smooth paste.3.Add the ground mix to idli batter and mix well. Water added in grinding keerai should suffice.4.It should be in dosa batter consistency now. Grease dosa tawa with oil using onion. Pour a ladle of batter in the centre and extend outward using wide-bottomed ladle.5.Drizzle gingelly oil around and over dosa. Once cooked one side, turn to the other side and cook till crisp.You shall cut from outward till centre and roll into cone dosas when served to kids 🙂
- After mixing keerai to idli batter, the batter should neither be too watery nor be thick.
- Once the dosa batter is prepared, consume on the same day.
- Balloon vine(flower-like portion) can also be added while grinding.
- If you get a chance to get this keerai in bulk, just clean, wash, sun-dry it for 1 day and once dried completely, powder it in mixie and store in air-tight container. The shelf life is 4 months. Whenever you make dosa, just add a spoon of this powder to the batter and enjoy the benefits!
Mudakkathaan keerai – Dietary Fiber, Proteins, Calcium, Iron, other minerals and antioxidants