Back today, with one more simple super healthy traditional dish –Ondelaga thambli / Brahmi Thambli”. Yes Brahmi thambli is a very traditional dish of southern Karnataka which probably our great great grandmothers were cooking and passed the recipe from one generation to the other.Its a very basic dish,nutrient -dense and thoughtfully prepared.

We always wonder “how come our ancestors were so fit and full of zeal? “. We on the other hand , once we cross 30s start complaining of so many health issues.One of the reason for that is : our ancestors were very clever and hardworking. What we call now as organic was very common in their backyards.There was no term called processed or packaged food.Use of parts of medicinal plants in food items was once a regular tradition ,which is fast getting out of sight and out of mind .The traditional herbal recipes were meant for keep us fit .

Today’s recipe Brahmi thambli is one such dish which can be a part of your meal or consumed as a health drink or as medicine too. Whichever way , they taste incredible and are sure to be craved for..

Brahmi is a creeper that grows in the fields and is a powerhouse of nutrients. Brahmi is known as ondelaga / thimare in kannada and Vallarai in Tamil.It has been extensively used in Ayurveda. It is said that Brahmi leaves when consumed early morning in empty stomach boosts memory power and intelligence level.It has many other medicinal values like it helps in growth of nerve cells,helps in the cure of epilepsy,helps in hair growth when added to hair oil,helps in decreasing dandruff,helps in curing certain skin infections,improves digestive capacity etc.And for better understanding we can term thambli as medicated buttermilk .You can prepare thambli with anything be it fenugreek,coriander,jeera,or any other herbs. Each has its unique flavour and benefits. I had earlier shared Ginger thambli , Palak thambli .. today lets see how brahmi thambli is how its prepared:

Check Out the Video recipe here :


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Side Dish
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 4 serving


  • 1 cup Brahmi Leaves
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 6 - 8 Pepper corns
  • 1 Green Chilli, ( usually they are made less spicy )
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup Buttermilk /sour curd
  • Salt

To Season:

  • 1/4 tsp Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 4 - 5 no Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Ghee, (for roasting spices and tempering)


  • Clean and wash brahmi leaves.
  • In a pan add few drops of ghee and roast jeera,pepper and green chilli.Fry for a minute.
  • Grind raw brahmi leaves,coconut,roasted spices and salt to a very smooth paste in a mixer by adding little water.
  • Pour the mixture to a bowl and add buttermilk .Mix well.Adjust the consistency as required.
  • 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 with hot steaming rice or relish as such as a drink.


  1. You can try any other herb like mint, curry leaves,fenugreek leaves,spinach,dill leaves etc . You need to roast them and use .
  2. I have used raw brahmi leaves in the above as you can ge max nutrient out of it when consumed raw. if you feel the flavor is strong , you can just fry it for 1 min and later grind. But then you are compromising with a healthy dish.

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  • Reply
    Sathya Priya
    December 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    wow i have heard a lot about vallarai but seeing it for the first time .As you said our ancestors are very fit ,now we know the benefit of being fit and we pass this on to our next generation only the goodness …

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    Manjula Bharath
    December 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    very new recipe for me 🙂 this sis super healthy and looks so inviting !!

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    Linsy Patel
    December 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    never seen this leaves before, have to find out more about it. very easy yet healthy dish

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    Vidya Chandrahas
    December 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Very healthy and delicious tambli..yum yum.

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    Eliza Lincy
    December 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Brahmi is good for memory powder. Your health drink will be the way to increase our memory power. It is essential for kids.will try this dish….

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    Maha Gadde
    December 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Healthy n lovely green colour to me.tha x fr introducing this recipe..

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    December 26, 2013 at 11:05 am

    yes Sathya.. the sole purpose of this blog is to record all the traditional practices that r getting lost..

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    December 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Thx Manjula..

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    December 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I doubt if its available in US.. but u can substitute these leaves with curry leaves / palak n get their benefits. recipe is same except u have to fry the leaves..

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    December 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Thx vidya..

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    Prerana Khanwalkar
    December 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    very good never heard and saw abt the leaves but superb job ..thanks for linking the recipe to my event

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    nandoos Kitchen
    January 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Have heard about brahmi but never seen these leaves before. A very healthy dish. On-going event: South Indian cooking

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    Jyothi Kiran
    April 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    My anytime favorite!

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