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What Are Brahmi (Gotu Kola) and Curry Leaves
Brahmi, also known as Gotu kola, is one of the most powerful tonics in Ayurveda. Traditionally, Brahmi leaves were used to help boost memory, intelligence, and relax the central nervous system. Even now, people give this tonic to children because it is believed that it can increase the brainpower.
Curry leaves are native to India. They are flavoring agents that are often used in curries. These leaves not only add flavor to the curry, but they have medicinal properties that benefit health as well. They are considered to have antioxidant, anti-diabetic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties.
They may also help protect the liver from damage.
Incorporating brahmi and curry leaves in your diet may enhance your general health. Making a Brahmi and curry leaf drink (popularly known as "tambuli") is very easy. Drink this simple beverage once in a while and boost your overall health.
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Four cups of beverage
- 1 cup brahmi leaves with stems attached
- 1/2 cup curry leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper corns
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon grated coconut (optional, for flavor and thickness)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, curd, or yogurt
- water, as needed
- Saute peppercorns and cumin seeds until they become crispy.
- In a mixer grinder, add Brahmi leaves, curry leaves, peppercorns, cumin seeds, and grated coconut. Add some buttermilk, curd, or yogurt. Grind it to get a smooth paste.
- Transfer it to a bowl. Add remaining buttermilk or curd and salt. Mix well.
- Add water to bring the beverage to the drinking consistency.
- Pour the beverage into serving glass. Drink it fresh! Store the remaining beverage in the refrigerator.
ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on May 23, 2017:
Thanks for your genuine interest. Brahmi is a rare herb. Though it is abundant in villages, it is not much seen in city markets. You can try with curry leaves alone or add sauteed spinach or dill leaves with it. Only curry leaves may not turn up very tasty.
Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 23, 2017:
There is a wonderful Indian market where I go periodically to stock up on turmeric and other spices, because they sell them at the lowest price. I bet I can find them there. I'll look, anyway.
ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on May 19, 2017:
Thanks for reading the article. No doubt, it is a healthy beverage. I don't know whether you get the leaves in your place. Try!
Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 19, 2017:
I will look for brahmi leaves at my local Indian market. I love raw herbal drinks and I am very curious to try this recipe. It sounds like it has a very unique taste, and I love the color!
ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on May 17, 2017:
Thanks Ashish. I make this raw drink often. Looking at the health benefits, you can also make this easy recipe. It is a soothing drink for summer.
Ashi on May 17, 2017:
What is this? I never hear of this.