Omum and dry ginger Tambli:

Omum/ Ajwain/ carom seeds are the lesser-known spice of our Indian Kitchen. Our moms turn their hands whenever we complain about bloating or Indigestion and feed us Omum water by infusing it with water. It has been known for its benefits in treating bloating and diarrhoea due to intestinal inflammation for ages.

As we all know, Carom seeds have Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal properties. We are here, Combining Carom with dry ginger, which has the capacity of cleansing our digestive system and nourishing our body. The taste of the tambli is so refreshing and soothing.

—such a simple preparation.

I learnt this recipe from my Foodie friend, Lakshmi Akka.

Ingredients:

Carom seed/ omum – ½ tsp

Grated dry ginger – ¼ tsp

Ghee or coconut oil – ½  tsp

Grated Fresh Coconut – ½ cup

Buttermilk – 1 serving spoon

Method:

Take ½ tsp of ghee or oil, fry omum and dry ginger.

-Grind fried items, coconut, salt and water to make a smooth paste.

-Add buttermilk adjust the consistency by adding water.

-If you like seasoning on tambli like me, please go ahead and heat some ghee add cumin and curry leaves. Pour on Tambli and enjoy it as a soothing drink or with Hot Rice.

Mango ginger Tambli:

Mango Ginger or Curcuma amada is a plant of the ginger family Zingiberaceae and is closely related to turmeric. It is locally known as kukku shunti/ Mangannari or Ambe kombu. Mavinakai shunti in Kannada and Aam Haldi in Hindi. Mango ginger is antioxidant,anti-fungal, antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory in nature.

Our traditional cooking includes mango ginger in many forms. One such recipe is Tambli. Come summer, tambli is an integral part of our lunch platter. Tambli is a coconut-based, uncooked gravy enriched with any one of the herbs, with minimal spices and buttermilk to soothe our system.

It is a quick, instant,  no involvement recipe. It can be had as an appetizer or mixed with rice like any other curry. 

Ingredients:

Mango ginger – 1” piece

Sesame seeds – ½ tsp

Dried red  chilli – 1

Coconut – ½ cup

Salt

Jaggery – ½ tsp

Buttermilk – ½ cup

For the Seasoning: ghee – ½ Tsp, cumin – ½ tsp, curry leaves – 1 spring.

Method:

-Peel the outer skin of mango ginger, slice.

-Dry roast sesame seeds, then fry red chilli in a drop of oil.

-Take a Mixie jar, grind coconut, red chilli, sliced mango ginger, salt, jaggery and grind into smooth paste by adding water.

-remove this into a vessel, add buttermilk, and adjust the consistency by adding little water if needed.

-Consistency should be like regular milk.

– Add Seasoning by heating ghee, cumin and curry leaves.

– Enjoy this coolant with hot rice.

NOTE: If you want to prepare a vegan version, omit buttermilk and add little tamarind while grinding, or after preparing, add lemon juice and enjoy.

For the Seasoning: You can Opt for cold-pressed coconut oil.

Pomegranate Peel Tambli:

Like coconut tree and banana plant , pomegranate is also an extremely useful plant to mankind. Starting from its bark, young leaves , fruits, and its outer peel have many medicinal properties.

In olden days, people never used to buy a fruit from outside. In our villages, people used to eat home grown seasonal fruits , which included wildly grown many berries, guava, chikoo, mango , bell fruits etc. Banana bunch used to be hanged at one corner of the house and it was the only fruit which was available  365 days. Pomegranate was rare, if any person is ill or recuperating after surgery etc  then only, it used to enter our houses. So, lady of the house used to treat that not less than the gold 😉 . She used to make it a point to clean the peel by removing all those white covers, break it into 4 to 6 pieces, carefully sun drying and used to store it near “chulha” / we call it as a “ole katte” ( it is basically a olden day’s cooking platform, which used wood as fuel). Throwing out the peel was not heard of and it had an enormous importance in every family in our region.

According to my co sister, who is an ayurvedic doctor, Ayurveda holds Pomegranate fruit in higher regards because of its antioxidant, pro biotic nature. Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial quality, it helps to bind the stools and helps to control the diarrhoea. She says, Astringent- bitter taste of the peel is the reason behind its anti-diarrhoea quality. Hence, it can be used to cure diarrhoea and not in constipation. Pomegranate peel powder is good for oily skin. If powder is mixed with rose water and applied as a face pack , it reduces acne and brings glow to oily face.

In traditional home remedies When fruit has been used to treat Anaemia , peel has been used to treat dysentery/ diarrhoea (even with blood) . We normally prepare Kashaya by boiling couple of pieces of dried peel in a cup of water, reduced to half and consumed either plain or by adding little jaggery. Otherwise, every now and then, prepare Tambli and consume to maintain our gut health .

Tambli is preferred to total wellbeing of our gut because , it is more palatable than the Kashaya, as well as it consists  curd ,which again is a pro-biotic. Hence, if we include pomegranate peel in our regular diet every now and then, it helps in intestinal detoxifying and cleansing. In return it would helps to improve digestion.

Now we would see how to dry those fruit peels at first: It is quite simple. Remove all the white sheath beneath the fruit kernels, dry under the sun or keep it near the windowsill . When it is crisp ,breaks while folding, that is it. Store it in an airtight jar or zip lock. Use whenever it is needed.

Tambli preparation:

Ingredients:

Dried Pomegranate peel – 2 pieces

Black whole pepper – 6 to 8

Cumin – ½ – ¾ tsp

Fresh grated Coconut – 1 fistful

Curd – 1 to 1 ½  small serving spoon

Salt

Ghee

Method:

-Fry pepper, cumin, broken pieces of the peel until it is  crispy.

-Grind these into fine paste by adding coconut ,salt and sufficient water.

-Add curd, adjust the consistency by adding water.

-If needed season with ghee, cumin and curry leaves and serve with rice or drink as it is.

NOTE:

1) For vegan version, instead of ghee or clarified butter one can use coconut oil .

2)You can use whole black pepper corns or white pepper corns.

 

 

 

 

Brahmi Tambli:

Centella Asiatica is commonly known as Centella /Gotu kola or Asiatic pennywort locally known as Thimare /Brahmi or Ondelaga in our region. Popularly known as a memory enhancer and from ages, it has been used as a brain tonic. In our coastal Brahmi is considered as a body coolant and used as a culinary herb during summer either by making chutney or Tambli.

Brahmi is a small runner/succulent herb and contains numerous fibrous roots at its every node. In our coastal belt, it grows widely in our paddy fields or Areca nut garden. It has small tiny seed-like flowers with a neutral colour. The whole plant including its roots can be used in cooking as well as medicinal purpose. It has little bitter sweetish taste when it is consumed in a raw form without any added taste enhancer. 2 teaspoons of Raw extract can be used for 3 to 7 days to enhance the overall health /to boost immune system/to reduce any inflammation of the body. Apart from this, it is very good for hair as well and I have shared the Hair oil recipe long ago by adding Brahmi and many other goodnesses. 

In our region, usually, we make Tambli or chutney and consumed as a raw form (not boiled) to get all the benefits of the greens. This particular recipe I learnt it from Kavya Bhat which she has shared with us in our Foodie Facebook group and I want to thank her for the wonderful tasty recipe.

How to make Tambli-

Ingredients:

Brahmi greens – 1 fistful (You can use with roots or without)

Coconut – ½ cup

Cumin – ½ tsp

Jaggery – 1 small piece

Curd – ½ cup

Salt

Seasoning:

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Sesame seeds – 1tsp

Red chilli flakes – 1 tsp (or chopped red chilli)

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Method:

-Wash Brahmi greens and roots nicely.

-Put Brahmi, coconut, salt, cumin, jaggery and pour ½ cup of water and grind into a smooth paste.

-Sieve the content and extract the liquid.

-Take all the roughage, add curd and little water grind once again and sieve. Collect the liquid.

-Third time add little water and grind, sieve and extract the liquid and discard all the remaining roughage.

-Prepare seasoning- heat oil, add sesame, when it turns light brown switch off the gas. Add red chilli flakes, curry leaves and add to Tambli.

-Adjust the salt and enjoy either as an appetiser or with white or brown/ red rice.

 

 

Lemongrass Tambli:

Lemongrass is used as a culinary as well as medicinal herb in the Asian continent. It has a mild citrus flavour with sweetish taste. It can be used in a dried, powdered or fresh form in various things like teas, soups and curries. This particular curry is called “Tambli” and it is prepared by grinding fresh leaves with coconut and mixing in buttermilk and it doesn’t need boiling. You can savour this like an appetiser or mixing with piping hot rice in this really hot summer. It has healing properties and is very good for the digestive system.

How to prepare this:

Ingredients:

Lemongrass sticks – 5-6

Fresh grated Coconut – ½ cup

Green chilli -1

Salt –to taste

Lemon – ½

Buttermilk – ½ cup

Method:

  • Chop lemongrass into bite size.
  • Take your mixer jar, grind lemongrass pieces, coconut gratings, green chilli and salt by adding ½ cup of water into smooth paste. Sieve this mixture to get smooth liquid. (Sieving is very important over here, otherwise lemongrass will irritate your throat)

  • Once again add half cup of water, do exactly like earlier and repeat this process for two or three times, so that we will remove all the traces of liquid and discard the remaining fibre.
  • Now mix in buttermilk, adjust the consistency by adding water. Check the salt and add lemon juice.
  • Now your Tambli is ready to savour.
  • If you want to add the seasoning, heat one tsp of ghee, fry little cumin and curry leaves and add to Tambli.
  • Beat the heat by having this either as an appetiser or with hot rice.

NOTE:

  • To make vegan version, please omit the buttermilk and rest you can proceed as it is.