Today I have a bowlful of simple ,healthy and comforting side dish Doddapatre Thambli / Doddapatre thambuli .. that’s great to cool your body naturally in this summer .

 Come summer .. thambli made from various ingredients is a must in our home . Thambli is a very traditional Karnataka dish which our grannys have been making from many years . For better understanding we can term thambli as medicated buttermilk / a type of raita / cold soup .You can prepare thambli with anything and most of them takes just 10 mins . Yes in 10 mins you have a bowlful of comforting food to cool your soul Each has its unique flavor and benefits. I had earlier shared Ginger thambli and Brahmi thambli . Today it is ” Doddapatre Tambli ( Tambuli ) / Karpooravalli Raitha / Ajwain leaf cold soup ” .The heavenly aroma that comes out of your kitchen when you are roasting these leaves along with some cumin and pepper seeds… aah..

doddapatre leaf

Doddapatre / sambarballi soppu is a plant with many medicinal properties. Its known as Ajwain (Hindi),Ova (Marathi), Panikoorka (Malayalam), Karpuravalli (Tamil) ,Vamu aaku ( telugu ) in various languages . This small herb is used as home remedy for cold and cough, asthma , for indigestion ,acidity etc . The leaves are soft, thick, has a strong pungent flavor. I have a pot full of this plant in my balcony as growing them is very easy . Other than using these leaves for medicinal benifits , i also use them to make tea, rasam , chutney , bajji, chitranna and this thambli . Will surely share all the recipes here but for today its ” Ajwain leaf Thambli ” . Thambli is typically eaten at the begining of our lunch . Hot rice and tambuli is a great combination . Do try it sometime . Here goes the easy, healthy & quick recipe …

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Smitha Kalluraya
A yoghurt based Karnataka style side dish made using Ajwain leaf
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 4 serving


  • 10 - 12 Dodda Patre / Karpooravalli leaves/ Ajwain leaf
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 3 - 5 pods Pepper
  • 1 Green Chilly, ( usually they are made less spicy )
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 .5 cups sour curd /buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • to taste Salt

For tempering

  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 5 to 6 Curry Leaves
  • 1 broken Red Chilli / Curd Chilli, ( optional )


  • Clean , wash and roughly chop ajwain leaves .
  • In a pan add few drops of ghee and roast jeera,pepper and green chilli.Fry for a minute.
  • Add the ajwain leaves and sauté for 2-3 minutes or till the leaves turn soft and change their colour.
  • Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool.
  • Grind leaves -spice mix ,coconut and salt to a very smooth paste in a mixer by adding little water.
  • Pour the mixture to a bowl and add buttermilk / curd .Mix well.Adjust the consistency as required. The consistency should be thin .
  • Heat the remaining ghee in a small pan.Add mustard seeds and jeera ,when it splutters add curry leaves .Pour the tempering on the thambli .
  • Serve doddapatre tambli in room temperature with hot steaming rice or relish as such as a drink.

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  • Reply
    Sony P
    April 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Sounds so refreshing……… love the color!

  • Reply
    Magees kitchen
    April 7, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Refreshing summer drink.

  • Reply
    Rafeeda AR
    April 7, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Your recipes are always so intriguing… so traditional as well… love the color of this dish…

  • Reply
    Vinayak sandur
    December 13, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Well written and good to keep traditional foods alive for our and next gen. Keep up good work by spreading traditional taste of Karnataka.

  • Reply
    Sridhara Ramanna
    July 15, 2017 at 1:49 am

    It is called Oregano in English

    • Reply
      July 25, 2021 at 9:51 am

      Oregano is different. This is called Cuban Oregano.
      Also goes by the names of Mexican Mint , Indian Borage and Spanish Thyme

  • Reply
    Praful P Babu
    November 27, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Great stuff, done in a jiffy, healthy too

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