Nalleru Pachadi Recipe
A lesser-known climber, Nalleru or Winged Treebine, grows in the tropics and I made a relish or here is the Nalleru Pachadi Recipe (as it is known here in Andhra) with it. It has long spiky quadrangular stems with internodes and is a little acrid and bitter to taste. I first had Nalleru Pachadi in a friend’s house and really liked the taste. I am glad I took a small stem from her and planted it in my backyard. It grew very slow at first but suddenly it spouted long vines and I thought it was time to make Nalleru Pachadi. What pleasure it gives to walk to your garden, pluck the fresh stems and cook it right away. Does it get fresher than this from the garden to the dining table in 30 minutes?
Nalleru in Different Languages
The English name is Edible stemmed vine, in Hindi, it is Hadjora, Telugu Nalleru, Kannada Mogaroli, Tamil Pirandai, Malayalam Changalam. In Sanskrit, it is known as Vajrangi which means as strong as a diamond. I wonder why we do not know about these gems in our backyards.
Benefits of Nalleru Pachadi Recipe
The quadrangular stems of Nalleru resemble the bones and joints in our body and actually are effective in strengthening them. It has many medicinal properties and cures osteoporosis, aids digestion, cures piles, diabetes, helps in weight loss, is an aphrodisiac, anti-ageing and other ailments. It can be taken in different forms; juice, ash, capsules.
1 tbsp of burnt Nalleru stem ash mixed with 1 tsp of ghee taken twice daily is the medicine for piles. Pregnant women should not take this in any form. There are so many other benefits and so much more to learn about this spiky vine.
Nalleru Pachadi Recipe with Peanuts
The stems of the Nalleru are used to make Pachadi and even a gravy but I liked the Pachadi and that is what I am sharing today. As Nalleru itself has too much heat it cannot be eaten just by itself. Make the Pachadi with peanuts, pigeon pea dal or coconut which will lessen its potency. The chutney I ate was made with pigeon pea dal but I made it with peanuts.
Recipe for Nalleru Pachadi
10 Nalleru stems
½ cup peanuts
1 tsp. Tamarind
2 Red chillies
1 tbsp Oil
2 green chillies
4 pods garlic
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin
½ cup of water
Salt to taste
For the tempering
1 tbsp Oil
1 dry red chilli
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp Chana dal
1 tsp Mustard seeds
8 leaves Curry leaves
A Sprig of fresh coriander
Take the stems of the Nalleru and remove the string like in string beans or drumsticks. Wash thoroughly and chop into pieces at the nodes. Use the tender stems for better taste.
Heat a pan and roast the peanuts. Once roasted, discard the peel and set aside.
In the same pan roast, the coriander, cumin and red chillies and dry roast till the aroma floats in the air. Transfer to the blender.
In the same pan add oil and the Nalleru stems and green chillies. Fry till done but not brown. Remove into the blender jar.
Add the peanuts to the blender, garlic pods and a small ball of tamarind. Add the water and blend to a smooth paste.
Add oil to the pan for the tempering. Once hot ass the Chana dal, one dried red chilli broken into pieces, mustard seeds, curry leaves and the turmeric powder.
Add the Pachadi paste and mix nicely.
Transfer the chutney to a bowl and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Your Nalleru Pachadi is ready to serve.
Serve the Nalleru Pachadi Recipe with hot steamed rice drizzled with hot ghee. Mix the rice and Nalleru Pachadi with your fingers and relish the tarty spicy flavours.