Vallarai keerai soup is a soup dish that is part of my daily morning soup routine. I make this usually in the morning time as vallarai is very easy to clean.
Vallarai is often confused with Brahmi herb. While both Brahmi and vallarai have similar health benefits, they are different in reality. Vallarai grows abundantly in south India in wet lands. For the shape of the green plant refer picture below.
While I am not too find of filling post with health benefits, vallarai requires special mention. It is a rejuvenator and is a nerve tonic. It has ability to make intellect sharper and is good for children.
I give it regularly to my sons. Traditionally vallarai is made as thogayal in our families. But I had to literally beg my sons to eat it. They literally swallow due to my compulsions. How will a food assimilate if there is no will to eat? I am a strong believer that food has to be consumed with five senses for it to assimilate.
Hence I experimented many dishes with vallarai and here is one such delicious soup. This soup tastes very similar to milagatwany soup served in restaurants. It is quite easy to make, creamy and healthy. Here is recipe for the same.
- 1 Bunch Vallari Keerai
- 4 tbsp Toor dal cooked and mashed
- 1/2 Nos Lemon
- 1/4 Tsp Salt adjust to taste
- 1/4 Tsp Pepper powder adjust to taste
- 1/2 Tsp oil
Wash vallarai and remove wilted and dried leaves.
In a kadai, add oil and heat. Add cleaned keerai in oil and fry till leaves wilt.
Grind wilted leaves to a fine paste and add to the cooked and mashed dal. Squeeze lemon on top. Add salt andpepper to taste and serve
* You can fry 1 green chili in the oil before sauteing vallarai. You can omit pepper.
*You can add a pod of garlic or ginger in oil while sauteing.
*Seasoning with coarse ground cumin seeds adds flavor.
Vallarai Keerai Soup-Step by Step pictures
*Clean Vallari and remove wilted leaves.
*In a kadai, add oil and saute vallarai till it wilts. Grind to a paste.
*Add ground paste to cooked dal and squeeze lemon. Add salt and pepper to taste.