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Sambar Balli Thumpu Huli, a healthy side dish for rice

Q - What is Sambar Balli?
A – Indian Borage or Oregano is Sambar Balli in Kannada, a South Indian language.
Q - What is Thumpu Huli?
A - Thumpu means ‘cooling’ in Kannada. Huli means ‘sambar, a side dish for rice’ in Kannada.
On the whole, a Thumpu Huli is something that is cooling for the stomach. It is a cooling dish for rice made using curds/butter milk as base.

Sambar Balli leaves Indian Borage leaves+herbal remedies+indian food recipe

Sambar Balli is a commonly grown plant in most Indian homes. It is a fast growing bushy plant, it spreads around easily too. When a short piece of the tip of the plant is cut and inserted in the soil, it easily grows up into another plant.
Sambar Balli leaves have great medicinal values. It is one of the best home remedies for cold and throat infections. Frequent consuming of these leaves during rainy and cold season keeps the body warm thus preventing the common cold and flu. The juice of this leaves is used in the daily routine of small children, even new born infants.

  • 10 to  12 Sambar Balli Leaves (known as Indian Borage or Oregano)
  • Half spoon jeera
  • Half spoon whole pepper
  • 3-4 spoons of grated coconut
  • Ghee or Oil (for frying)
  • One cup curd or butter milk
  • Salt (according to taste)

For seasoning (optional): Sesame, jeera, curry leaves, ghee/oil.
  • Heat ghee/oil in a pan.
  • Add jeera, pepper and sambar balli leaves. Fry for about 2-3 minutes.

Sambarballi leaves+cu ban

  • To a blender add all the fried items from the pan, add grated coconut.

Sambarballi tumbli+herbs for cough

  • Add some curds (just enough for grinding and making a paste)
  • Grind the ingredients and make a fine paste.

Sambar balli soppu or leaves+indian recipes

  • Collect the paste into a different container, add more curds (to thin it down) and salt.

Indian borage recipe+indian food recipe
 Sambar Balli Thumpu Huli is ready for serving with hot rice.
You can even add seasoning to this by frying sesame, jeera and curry leaves in some ghee/oil. I am lazy enough to skip the seasoning always. :-P.

Sambar Balli leaves can be replaced with methi leaves or palak (spinach) leaves. The rest of the recipe remains the same. :-)

Yo can also read a similar Thumpu Huli recipe of Gooseberrie here,
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