Rice thali with Brain Tonic Brahmi as an important side dish

Before I proceed with details about this thali, I would once again reiterate the fact that presentation of dishes is crucial to enticing your family members, with their diverse food preferences, to savour your cooking. Even simple food will look magnificent and alluring if served in an attractive manner. This thali that I serve to my family now and then is enhanced with the health benefits accrued from Brahmi or brain tonic. It was very difficult for me to make my kids eat this leafy green that is so beneficial for health. So, I came up with this thali that is further embellished with a lot of other side dishes, each again having their own health benefits and easily available.

The thali is complete with the following items:

a)Broken local egg and Brahmi fried in cow ghee

b)Water Spinach stir fry

c)Mixed vegetables stir fry

d)Baby potato stir fry

e) An assortment of local fishes in Malabar Spinach (puroi xaak) and Elephant Apple curry

f)Pani tenga or fermented tangy mustard chutney

g)Teasel Gourd and jack fruit seed mashed

h)Jack fruit seed mashed and seasoned with long coriander


j)Lemon, salt

k)Indian nightshade pickle

l)Malay gooseberry pickle

m)Cucumber raita



p) Mixed leafy greens stir fry

Brahmi is one of those herbs that does wonders to the human body when consumed in the right way. It is used as an important medicinal plant in Ayurvedic treatments and it not only gives a boost to our brain, but it also helps in regulating sugar in diabetic patients, strengthens the immune system, improves skin and hair etc. We do not need a lot of spices to cook any type of leafy green. With just some minimal ingredients we can serve a most delectable dish of leafy greens. For cooking Brahmi also, we do not need any spices.     

Method of preparation:

You can cook the herb in many ways– frying in ghee, or adding one or two shoots in dal or mixing with other leafy greens to prepare a stir fry dish. Below is the recipe of the Brahmi dish that I have served in this thali.

Brahmi—one bundle

Local eggs—2

Ghee—2 tea spoon

Salt—as required

Clean and wash a bundle of Brahmi and chop it finely. Place a kadhai on stove and pour the ghee. Add the chopped Brahmi and salt as required and cook. When it is done, break the local eggs into it and keep on stirring until the eggs get mixed well with the leafy green. Serve it hot with rice. When Brahmi is cooked in this way, the bitter taste is not there and children can be easily persuaded into eating this healthy dish.

P.S:- cooking is always an experiment to cherish and you need not be fastidious about the rules of cooking. If you add more or less of any ingredient, or even if you miss a particular ingredient, you will definitely create a new taste– a taste that is uniquely curated by your heart, and with each attempt at cooking a new dish, you will only script your own journey of self-improvement and self-satisfaction.   The quantity of the ingredients in any recipe including this Brahmi recipe will vary depending on the number of people we cook for. Just listen to your heart.

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