Monday, 4 April 2016


Modakkathan keerai is one of the most beneficial greens in our region.
Especially the villagers are very familiar about the healthy and nutritional benefits of greens in their garden and farms.

It is a climber with balloon-like fruits and its leaves is famous for its use in treating with joint pain. It also treats with cold and cough. It is the best remedial green for menstruous cramps, dandruff, joint pains, ear pain, general tiredness, sluggishness, eczema and nourishment of hair. It improves body immunity power.

Its botanical name is Cardiospermum halicacabum and belongs to soapberry family. In sanskrit, it is known as Indravalli. In Hindi,  it is known as Kanphata.


It is a fast growing creeper normally found in fences of the garden. It is good to grow in our home yard or terrace garden or in pots. We can get the fresh green to use. Adding this green in our regular diet at least twice a month will definitely maintain our good health. I prefer modakkathan keerai soup or rasam always. Hot pepper flavored modakkathan green rasam is enjoyed by us before meals as a starter. 

It is a good appetizer during monsoon.

Let us move to make rasam:


Modakkathan greens one cup
Cooked dal one cup
Cumin seeds one spoon
Garlic pods two grated
Pepper coarse powder two spoons
Asafoetida half pinch
Sesame oil one tablespoon
Salt to taste
Turmeric one spoon


Blend the washed modakkathan leaves into a paste
Heat the pan with sesame and add cumin seeds to fry.
Pour the modakkathan paste with water.
Allow to boil for a minute .
Transfer the cooked masoor or toor dal or green lentil as per your choice with two cups of water
Add Salt to taste.
Sprinkle one spoon of pepper powder.

Soup is ready. So delicious and you will feel an instant relief from general tiredness and enjoy the freshness of the body.
It is good for children and adults.

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