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December 30, 2013

Pirandai thuvaiyal / Thogayal Recipe - Adamant Creeper Chutney For Rice

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Pirandai thogayal ( Pirandai thuvaiyal) /Adamant creeper chutney, sounds interesting right?.Yes, I too felt the same when my MIL told about this recipe. I have heard about this plant but I din’t know it is edible. After I browsed its health benefits, I was so happy that I got to know a very useful, healthy recipe from my MIL. Thanks a lot aunty. This thuvaiyal tasted more like thengai/coconut thogayal and I loved its taste very much. I haven't tasted it with idli,dosa. I hope it tastes good.

As pirandai has amazing health benefits, I wanted to share it with you all !
  • Cissus Quadrangularis is the biological name of pirandai. It has high vitamin C and calcium.
  • Pirandai is helpful to cure knee problems and its juice mixed with sesame oil is used in the treatment of fracture and sprain.
  • Its is also helpful for ladies with irregular menstrual problems.
  • Pirandai recipes are useful for people with indigestion issues,flatulence,nausea,cough and piles.
  • Never use your hands for washing pirandai.Just show under tap water.
  • Always grease ur hands with sesame oil to avoid your hands from itching.
  • Use tamarind in all pirandai recipes else it will make your tongue itchy.

Name of Adamant creeper in different languages

  • English: Bonesetter, Devil's Backbone, Veldt Grape.
  • Hindi: Hadjod, Hadjor, Asthisrumgala
  • Malayalam: Changalamparanda-ചങ്ങലംപരണ്ട
  • Sanskrit: Vajravalli, Asthisrinkhala, Kulisa, Asthisamharaka.
  • Tamil: Pirandai-பிரண்டை
  • Telugu: Nalleru, Gudametige, Kokkitaya-ralu 

  • Here is the picture of Pirandai which my MIL brought from our house backyard.
    Pirandai  - Adamant creeper 

    Pirandai thogayal

    Pirandai thogayal

     Pirandai thogayal/Adamant creeper chutney for rice
    Cuisine: Indian
    Category: Thogayal
    Serves: Serves 2-3
    Prep time: 10 Minutes
    Cook time: 10 Minutes
    Total time: 20 Minutes


    • Pirandai/Adamant creeper - 10 sticks
    • Urad dal - 2 tbsp
    • Red chillies – 4 nos ( Use 6 to 7 for spicy taste)
    • Tamarind – Medium gooseberry size
    • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
    • Salt & water- as needed
    • Oil - 2 tbsp

    • Grease your hands with gingely oil to avoid itching. Wash pirandai under tap water and peel the outer ridge of pirandai like we do for ridge gourd. Remove the top and bottom part. Chop them into small pieces. Soak tamarind in little water.
    pirandai thogayal step by step
    • In a kadai, heat a tbsp of oil & roast the chillies, urad dal. Remove and in the same kadai, add little more oil and saute the pirandai. Saute till it shrinks and changes its color to white or pale green in color. Saute well else it will make your tongue itchy while eating. Remove, let them cool and grind everything together adding tamarind, salt , coconut and water to make a smooth paste.
    pirandai thogayal step by step picture

    Serve with plain rice topped with ghee or gingely oil. Adding ghee is recommended as pirandai has a tendency to increase the body heat. Ghee helps to subside it.

    Try this healthy pirandai thuviayal for rice, mix with rice & ghee and enjoy !
    pirandai chutney

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    AparnaRajeshkumar said...

    its too good for health, i have tasted this in Chapathi some what my amma prepared it . Too good

    Unknown said...

    Interesting recipe...very nice and new to me..

    Unknown said...

    i have seen this veggie in markets but never thought of trying it.. will give a try..

    great-secret-of-life said...

    healthy thogayal.. my mum makes it back home

    Laxmipriya said...

    my grandma makes this.. i dont even remember my mom making this.. such an authentic recipe.. thanks for sharing.. :)

    Unknown said...

    I haven't ever heard about this pirandai .. A very interesting post and thogayal looks mouthwatering dear :)

    Janani said...

    I have been thinking of doing it for long was never able to do u have reminded me again got to do it

    Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

    Havent heard of it! New one! Happy New Year!

    nandoos kitchen said...

    Chitra, this is completely new to me. Haven't even heart about it. Nice one dear and a happy new year.

    asianlite6 said...

    Awesome chitra! I was taking this when my mom n granny made then i could not as i do not know the i got ot back from you...thank you very much my friend..:)

    shankar~selina said...

    Plant found in the US?

    Chitra said...

    I am not sure about US.But u may find in ur backyard :)

    Unknown said...

    Soak pirandai in tamarind water for two hours before cooking . It will take all itching effects.

    Unknown said...

    Pirandai is a perennial plant of the grape family. Pirandai is rich in vitamin C and vitamin E. Pirandai is a natural blood purifier. Pirandai thuvaiyal recipe can be made in matter of minutes and tastes really good.