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Monday, October 31, 2011


Pirandai / Perandai in Tamil, with ribbed veins, is a medicinal plant grown in kitchen garden. A small piece of stem planted in a pot grows abundantly, and it does magic in one's health. It is also known as bonevine, adamant creeper, and veldt grape.

Pirandai made in the form of thogayal or thuvaiyal can be had atleast once a week as it has many health benefits.


Pirandai has enormous medicinal benefits. It is useful in curing digestive problems , breathing problems, cough, piles, nausea, flatulence (vaayu or gas in digestive track, stomach and bowels). It acts as an appetiser.


1. Pirandai makes the hand a little itchy. So, do not use your hand while washing the stem. Run under tap water.
2. Apply little gingelly oil to hand before cleaning and chopping. After chopping or cleaning again apply gingelly oil, rub a little salt over your hands and rinse your hand OR use a glove.
3. Adding tamarind to pirandai dishes is a must as it neutralises the itching tendency of this stem.


Pirandai - 1/4 cup (chopped)
Tamarind - half the lemon size
Scraped coconut - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves - a fistful
Jaggery - a turkey berry(sundakkai) size (optional...I didn't use)
Dry red chillies - 2
Pepper - 1/2 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1 tablespoon
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 1 tablespoon


Pluck or select tender stems of pirandai. Wash well. Peel off the ribbed, hard veins. Chop into small pieces.

1. Heat a kadai, add a tsp. of oil and fry the red chillies, pepper and urad dhal to golden brown. Keep aside.

2. In the same kadai, saute the curry leaves without moisture. Keep aside.

3. Again in the same kadai, heat the remaining oil and add the chopped pirandai, simmer the stove and saute well for 5 minutes.

Grind 1,2 and 3 alongwith scraped coconut, tamarind and salt to a coarse paste.

Pirandai thogayal is ready to be mixed with hot cooked rice and ghee.


  1. My mom & paati makes the same way except curry leaves , one of my friend's mom even make a pickle... love this recipe

  2. Its been ages I had this..my mom used to make this chutney...love it wid rice

  3. Its been ages I had this..My mom used 2 make this...gr8 wid rice

  4. It used to grow so much in our old house in Namakkal...long time that i have ever come across this herb. Brings back memories and want to be home for all these small indulgences.

  5. The pic luks so cute with pirandai thogayal..I have seen it only in tanjore veg market..Usually,they say giving a pirandai to the iyer on thevasam equals the power of giving 100 veggies...Nice tips on using pirandai

  6. This is very new to me.I am not too sure If I would be able to find pirandai here in Munich.

  7. New to me. never had,looks yummym

  8. This brings back memory of the old times. I don't see it anymore here. It used to grow in paatima's home and she makes it a weekly affair to have this thogayal.

  9. My mil used to prepare them very often but IK never taste before..looks yummy akka..should try them when she makes it again:)

  10. healthy and green is looing beautiful

  11. Wow looks yummy and delicious .... Very tempting clicks ....

  12. very healthy and delcious !!

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  13. Its been a long time since I had this thogaiyal ur post is tempting me to grab it and have it with rice nallennai and sutta applam.

  14. Its been ages i had this thuvaiyal, very inviting..

  15. Its new to me....Looks delicious..

  16. nice info and recipe, yum!

  17. My paati prepares this often whenever she get pirandai. I love it and demands when I go to my native. Very good healing recipe.

  18. My Mil makes this often,but somehow i never attempted to taste this as the name is scary for me.nice authentic recipe

  19. my MIL makes this one.. i shd try it once thanks for sharing the health benefits ..

  20. good healthy recipe..have tasted this only once

  21. Thaks for stopping my space...
    Its new to me but looks declious will try it soon...booke marked!!

  22. nice to know about this healthy recipe...never had it though...


  23. I have been wanting to make this too..but once i tried plucking this...my hands got so itchy...I did not know what to do..nice post..and by the way I tried your pista barfi it came out so well thank you.

  24. Its new to me....Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing nice information and healthy recipe.


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