Scientific name of Manathakkali is Solanum nigrum. It is usually called as black nightshade in English. In Tamilnadu it is known as manathakkali or milagu thakkali. As its ripe berries look like pepper (milagu). It has more medicinal values. This plant’s leaves are used to treat mouth ulcers that happen during winter periods of Tamil Nadu. It controls stomach problems and ulcer.
In this recipe i used unripe fruits of manathakkali plant. These unripe fruits also have more medicinal value.
Now we shall see how to make manathakkali vathal.
- Manathakkali vathal – 2 cups
- Curd – ½ cup
- Salt – 1 tsp
Clean and wash manathakkali . Add salt to the curd and stir till it dissolves. Add manathakkali in the curd and mix well and soak it for overnight. Next day take manathakkali from curd and spread it in the plate and dry under the sun. In the evening you put manathakkali in the remaining curd and soak it for overnight. Repeat the process till the curd is completely absorbed. Then store it in the container and use.
You can fry manathakkali vathal in ghee and mix it with hot rice and take for stomach ulcer.
You can make vatha kolambu using this vathal.
You can use it as a tempering of any vatha kulambu.
Home made manathakkali vathal is good. But the store bought ones have slight bitter taste. They do not add enough curd.