Pirandai Thuvayal / Pirandai Chutney

Each and every morning,as soon as she wakes up,Lil Angel runs to the garden to see how 'her' plants are growing. You might remember that me telling you that we have a yam plant growing and she checks its 'progress' every morning.A stroll to the back yard and she will be looking up at the drumstick tree and counting how many are ready to be picked.

Around here a few herbs and trees are found in almost every one's back yard. Tulsi [Holy Basil] , Betel leaves, Pirandai, Karpooravalli [Plectranthus amboinicus], Guava tree ,a couple of tomato plants, Curry leave bushes ,coconut trees, drumstick trees, Gooseberry trees,etc.But all are present in each and every house,so we exchange the produce when we have them in excess. We pass on a huge bunch of drumstick leaves to my neighbor every time he comes to visit her mom. I pick up betel leaves from my SIL's home.We pass on drumsticks or coconuts if any body needs them for the day's meal.So it goes like this...

A long time back, my neighbor was literally throwing out a huge bunch of pirandai creepers as they were literally pulling down the fence with their weight. I got a small cutting from it and planted in my yard and now it is flourishing.

So this chutney is obviously made from the creeper in my yard and it is something that we can prepare as a side dish to rice when you need a change or out of vegetables or just enjoy it for its medicinal value.

P - Pirandai Thuvayal / Chutney
Theme - Misc / Condiments

Pirandai which is known by the Botanical name- Cissus quandrangularis, is a creeper and here is how it looks...Can you see them hanging off the fence....

A closer look....

The other names include

This plant is supposed to be of medicinal value and is used extensively in Ayurveda and Siddha Medicines.

Some of its properties ...

With so many properties it is only wise to use this plant in our diet in a regular basis. The juice of this plant is added while making pappads , the tender part of the plant can be make into vatral [sun dried crisps], added to dosa[ recipe will posted after this mega BM] added to gravies , made into chutney / dip...

One important point that is to be noted is that the juice from the plant causes itching. So it is advisable to use a glove while picking the plant / while cutting it. If you don't have a glove , the simplest way out is to smear the hand with sesame / gingelly oil and then cut the plant / chop it to cook.

Also tamarind is used in the recipes that has pirandai. This is also to prevent the itching after / while eating the preparation.

I used:

Tender links of pirandai - 10
Urad dhal -2 tablspoosns
Tamarind- small gooseberry size
Red chili -2
Sesame seeds- 1 teaspoon
Peppercorns- 1 teaspoon
Grated coconut-  1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Oil -1 tablespoon

  1. Wear a glove / smear sesame oil before you handle the pirandai. Wash the pirandai well and remove the tendrils and the ribs and chop into small pieces. Choose the tender parts as it is less likely to be fibrous while grinding.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and put in the chopped pirandai and cook for a couple of minutes till it shrinks a little.
  3. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  4. Into the same pan add all the other ingredients except salt and roast till the dhal turn golden brown.Do this on medium heat.
  5. Cool everything and grind to a smooth paste adding salt and a little water.
Serve with steamed rice....


Take a look at the Blogging Marathon page to check out what my friends are cooking in this A- Z series...

Logo courtesy : Preeti
Previously in this series... 

A - Azuki Bean Brownies - Baked
B - Butterfly Pea Flower Drink - Misc. / Thai
C - Congyou Bailuobosi - International / Chinese
D - Dates Cake - Eggless / No milk / No butter!!! - Baked
E - Elaneer Payasam [Tender coconut Kheer] - Regional / Kongunad cuisine
F - Falooda - Ice cream Falooda And Kulfi Falooda - Regional / N.Indian
GGatte Ka Pulao - Regional / Rajastani Cuisine
HHuo Guo - Misc/ Non Food Post / Restaurant Review
I - Italian Bhel Puri Salad - International / Fusion
J - Jui Cai Bing / Chinese Scallion Pancakes  - International / Chinese
K - Kiri bhat and Chilli Sambal - International / Sri Lanka
L-Leprechaun Shake / Shamrock Shake - Misc
M - Mysore Rasam - Regional / Karnataka
N - Nannari Sherbet - Regional / Tamil Nadu
O - Olo Kobi Bhaja - Regional / Odisa

Bon Appetit...

Labels: , , , , , ,