This is going to be my submission for Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen. This week's theme is Holiday cooking with herbs. This recipe is not a special Holiday recipe per se, but it would come in might handy when you are down with a cold or sore throat.
1.thuthuvalai (solanum trilobatum)
3.chinnathalai (seerathlai, don't know botanical name)
5.karuveppilai. (curry leaves)
All the above are dried and powdered
My mom brought this powder when she came here for a visit, the botanical names and the herb names were all supplied by her. But the above herbs can be substituted with fresh Curry Leaves and Corriander leaves.
1. 4 red pearl onions
2. 3 pods garlic
3. 2 tsp pepper (depends on how spicy)
4. 1/2 tbsp cumin
5. 1/2 tbsp corriander seeds
6. 1 tsp herb powder or 2 sprigs of curry leaves and corriander leaves
7. one small lemon sized tamarind
8. 2 pearl onions chopped and mashed, curry leaves, mustard
9. 2 tsp of ghee
grind all the above ingredients with water into a coarse paste or grind 1-6 into a paste and extract the tamarind juice
1. Heat ghee in a pan, add the mustard and curry leaves and when the mustard starts to pop add the onions and saute till translucent.
2. Reduce the flame to slighly below medium, add the ground mixture with 2 cups of water (the consistency should be watery) and enough salt.
3. Boil till small white bubbles start to appear on top.
Serve as a soup or with steamed rice. The smell is amazing and it warms you.