Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Brahmi Tambuli

Tambuli is a kind of raita prepared generally using a medicinal herb. It requires very few ingredients and is very easy to make, with high medicinal values. One of the types of tambuli is made from Brahmi or Vandalaga as it is called in Kannada.

Brahmi / Bacopa monnieri / Thyme-leafed gratiola is a long treasured herb, possessing antioxidant properties, and having the amazing ability to facilitate learning and enhance memory and concentration. It is a pacifier of all the three doshas — mainly kapha and vata. Brahmi is not only a memory-booster and intellect-promoting herb; it is also a tranquillizer, a muscle relaxant, an anti-convulsant, a blood purifier, and an anti-pyretic, carminative and digestive agent.

Brahmi is known for its salutary effect in anxiety, depression, hypertension, sleeplessness, mental retardation, insanity, hysteria and epilepsy. Ancient texts describe the use of Brahmi in a number of other disorders like biliousness, ulcers, asthma, skin diseases and in general and senile debility.
Brahmi Tambuli

Preparation time : 5 min
Cooking time : 5 min
Serves : 4-5

Brahmi leaves - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 Tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 Tsp
Pepper - 1 Tsp
Red chili - 1
Coconut - 2 Tbsp, grated
Salt - ½ Tsp or as per taste
Curd - ½ cup

For tempering:
Ghee - 1 Tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 Tsp

• In a skillet, heat ghee and roast cumin seeds, pepper and red chili
• Once the spices are roasted, add washed Brahmi leaves and sauté till they wilt, for a minute or two
• Grind the above mixture with grated coconut into a fairly smooth paste
• Transfer it to a bowl and mix in salt and curd
• In a skillet, heat ghee and add cumin seeds and curry leaves and allow to splutter
• Transfer the tempering to the Tambuli and serve with hot rice

• Other herbs like Doddapatre, ginger, etc can be used in place of Brahmi


  1. Very new to me....sounds healthy and yummy....

  2. My amma prepares lot of such tambulis..

  3. My ajji makes the tambali...but with coriander leaves...will try this form...

  4. This tambuli is new to me, will try! I have tried Basale soppu tambuli, that too turns out very tasty.

  5. This tambuli is new to me, will try:) You can try with Basale soppu too, its turns our very tasty!


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