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karisilankanni thogayal
Most of u would have heard about karisalankanni keerai. This keerai is easily available in Tamilnadu..It acts as a liver tonic and it is specially recommended in the treatment of Constipation, Eye defects, Jaundice, Enlargement of liver, Spleen disorders, Skin diseases, Hair fall and Premature graying of hair.Most of us would have used this herb for hair oil ( Bhringraj hair oil)
I got this recipe from my MIL.As we got bored of karisalankanni kootu / poriyal , we make either thogayal or stuffed chapathi and have it once in a month just because of its health benefits.. This thogayal tastes great when mixed with plain rice and ghee. I pack this for my husband’s lunch box usually. Don’t forget to check the end of post to know its names in other languages & amazing health benefits..

karisilankanni thogayal 1

1 cup - 200ml
  • Karisalankanni /   - 1 cup
  • Red chilli –1  no
  • Pepper corns – 8-10 nos
  • Tamarind – Berry size
  • Garlic cloves – 3-4 nos
  • Salt & water – as needed

  • Remove the karisalankanni leaves from the stem , wash & set aside.
  • In a kadai heat a tbsp of cooking oil and saute the leaves along with a red chilli..
  • Saute till the leaves shrink. Add salt for quick sautéing.Grind the sauteed keerai & red chilli along with tamarind and water to make a smooth paste.
karisilankanni thogayal tile
  • In a mortar & pestle (ding chick) take the pepper corns and garlic cloves . Crush it coarsely and then add to the mixie jar. Use inch/pulse button, press once or twice and mix well. Remove & mix with plain rice adding ghee..

Serve with plain rice topped with ghee !
karisilankanni thogayal plate

Karisalankanni (Eclipta prostrata) is the herb of choice in treating liver diseases. This herb grows in marshy areas throughout the year. It grows abundantly during the rainy season. There are two varieties of karisalankanni, one has yellow flowers and the other white. The yellow one is more potent.Here are the names in various languages…

The Botanical name : Eclipta alba
Tamil name : karisalankanni
Telungu : guntagalijaeru
Malayalam : kanjunni/kayyoni
Kanada : kadige garage
Sanskrit : bhringaraja/kesaranja
Arab : radium-el-blint
Hindi : bungrah/mochkand
Duk : bhangra
Other lang : kesatti/kesari
Medicinal properties
karisalankanni is also a specific remedy for jaundice. It has a great medicinal value in the treatment of hair. Karisalankanni is said to protect against night blindness and other eye diseases probably because of its high carotene content.
Uses1. It is good for teeth, skin and hair.
2. It induces appetite.
3. It aids digestion and helps expel fecal matter from the large intestines.
4. It heals ulcers.
5. It cleans the liver and encourages secretion of bile.
6. It cures inflamed liver also called fatty liver.
7. It expels intestinal worms, cures coughs and asthma, and tones the body.
8. The yellow variety is said to be particularly good for the skin and eyes.

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  1. I can eat it every day ..looks yum

  2. I have never had this keerai, such an healthy recipe with the keerai.

  3. thogayal with keerai is something new to me dear

  4. Its my most favorite... i can have it all the day aks...

  5. Delicious n healthy thogayal

  6. Yummy Recipe

  7. never knew a thogayal can be made wit karisalankanni.. a must try recipe..:)

  8. the same way i recently made thogaiyal with cilantro :) with keerai sounds interesting n healthy...will try it sometime!

  9. Very healthy and yummy keerai thogaiyal

  10. They look so perfect. Beautifully done:)Yummy indeed :)
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  11. Very healthy one! I have never tried this before. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Unfortunately i dont get this keerai here, missing this health thogayal.

  13. Dr.D.Manikandavelu
    wonderful attempt. appreciated for a worthy information for this generation

  14. Thanks a ton for introducing this wonderful keerai.the info is too good

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  16. Can we get this keerai in usa ?

  17. Can we get this keerai in usa ?

  18. Do we get this keerai in usa?

    1. Sorry, Not sure. U may get it. Check out its English name and look for it.

  19. Hi Chithra.. there r two types of keerai... yellow n white karisalanganni. Which is best for cooking.

  20. the keerai picture in your mixie jar does not look like karisalangani. Did you post wrong pic?

    1. No it looks like that after sauting in oil.


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