30 January 2015

Pirandai Oorugai / பிரண்டை ஊறுகாய்

Recently during my visit to SIL's home, i happened to see the terrace garden. She had all basic veggies required for home.. and the only thing caught my eye was this adamant creeper (pirandai).. i was looking for it for such a long time..grabbed few for experimentation purpose!!

SH's maami makes wonderful kothamalli thokku she will grind it coarsely in ammikaallu, she makes it bit spicier for me and sends it across to me all the way from Pudukottai. missing her so badly.. 

Usually thogayal is made with this pirandai but i wanted to try something like what maami makes.. so tried my hands first time on Idicha Pirandai Oorugai n yaa i did succeed pretty well... This makes a delicious accompaniment for curd rice... 

How to clean Pirandai:
Select tender pirandais, remove the leaves attached to it and rinse them well.

Peel the sides of the pirandai you can see the fibres (naar) and remove them using a small knife. Chop them into small pieces and they are ready to use.

What you need:
Pirandai - 1 cup (cleaned)
Red chillies - 10 nos or lesser
Tamarind - Large gooseberry sized
Sesame oil - 4 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Fenugreek - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Salt as reqd

How to make:
Heat half tsp oil in a pan add pirandai, red chillies, tamarind saute well and set aside to cool.

Dry roast fenugreek and mustard seeds cool them and crush them coarsely using a mortar pestel.

Grind pirandai, red chillies, tamarind {if using tamarind paste add at this stage} to very coarse paste or if you have ammikallu / a bigger mortal pestel you can crush them to coarse paste.

Heat oil in a kadai add the paste, asafoetida, salt mix well and in low heat saute well approx 8 mins. Add fenugreek and mustard powder to it give a nice mix.

Cook in low heat for another 4 mins remove it, cool and store in air tight container.

*Stores well for 20 days when refreigerated

*This may cause itching while cleaning.


  1. Pirandai thogaiyal is usually made during the annual ceremonies(thithis).First time I hear pirandai oorugai..This promises to be delicious. kpartha12@gmail.com

  2. Never tasted one...but my loves it!! Looks so delicious!

  3. Missed those herbs,healthy thokku !!

  4. looks like an interesting vege...

  5. I have only heard of thugayal with pirandai but this is awesome twist. How I wish we get pirandai here

  6. Pirandai is divine herb, we sell pirandai oorugai in Pallavaram Weekly Sandhai

    We are a street shop pls visit us and taste our oorugai, you will come back again to buy it.