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Thuthuvalai Thuvaiyal


Thuthuvalai is a great gift kept aside for us by our Mother Nature. Thuthuvalai is widely used in the treatment of tuberculosis, asthma, difficulty in breathing, sinus, chest congestion and other respiratory problems. The botanical name of Thuthuvalai plant is Solanum Trilobatum. It is a thorny creeper found in the moist places predominantly in South America, Brazil, Sri Lanka, and South India. It has bluish white flowers. It grows as a climbing shrub. It is called as Climbing Brinjal in English.

This dish goes well with steamed rice or idly or dosa. As I said before, using this as the main ingredient, we can make a variety of dishes. Let’s try to do the thuvayal!


  • Thuthuvalai keerai - 1 cup

  •  50 g gingelly oil 

  •  1 teaspoon of mustard

  •  1 tablespoon of urad dal 

  •  6 dry red chillies

  •  Curry leaves 

  • Tamarind size of gooseberry 


For Garnishing Curry leaves



  1. Roast the urad dal to golden brown by adding little amount of oil in a kadai and keep it aside.

  2. Now heat the kadai with 3 teaspoons of oil.

  3. Then add red chillies and tamarind.

  4. Allow it to cool. 

  5. Take a kadai and add 3 tablespoons of oil. 

  6. Add the cleaned thuthuvalai leaves and saute it well.

  7. Let it be cooked for 5 min in low flame. Allow it to cool.

  8. Add the required salt and grind everything together coarsely. 

  9. Now add 3 spoons of oil in a kadai.

  10. Add mustard and curry leaves. 

  11. Once it splutters, add the grinded mixture and cook for 2 minutes.


Healthy and yummy Thuthuvalai leaves thuvaiyal is ready! 


Serve it with hot steamed rice or idly or dosa.


Tips / variations:    

Be Careful while cleaning the leaves as it has thorns on them.

We can also add a few curry leaves with the mixture & grind it, as it gives good flavour.

Use less amount of water for grinding.

Few pieces of coconut can be added to get a different flavour but, its shelf life becomes less.


Shelf Life: 

It can stay good for more than a week if stored in the fridge.

Avoid finger touch.


Nutrients value: 

Thuthuvalai with its anti-inflammatory properties and anti-microbial activity helps asthma patients with a fresh breath of life.