Saturday, December 3, 2016

பூனைக்காலி kootu | bigger variety of Velvet beans


Cats tail came to mind. Normal avarai flowers are so beautiful, pinkish, lavenderish. Now this looks very exotic, seeds are cattish.




  • Fresh fruit of பூனைக்காலி | Kevanch| Mucuna Pruriens | किवांच | Velvet beans
  • Ghee
  • Asafoetida
  • Fragrant substances like camphor
  • Spices

Preparation of PoonaikAli Kootu

  • The fresh seeds of velvet beans should be cooked in water
  • When it is properly cooked, it should be fried with ghee and asafoetida
  • Lastly it should be made fragrant with substances like camphor


  • It is alleviator of kapha and pitta
  • It is sweet in taste, palatable, unctuous, extremely relishing
  • Promotes sudation i.e. sweating
  • It is heavy
  • It provocates sexual vigour
  • It is an excellent cure for dyspepsia (indigestion)

Verse from Nala's Pākdarpaṇa by Dr. Madhulikha
पूर्ववद् विपचेद्विद्वान् कोकान्दोलफलं नवम् । श्लेष्मपित्तहरं स्वादु स्निग्धं रुचिकरं परम् ॥
स्वेदनं गुरु वृष्यं च वहिन्मान्करं परम् ॥ ४४१ ॥

The previous recipe was kovakai kootu, which is given above
Caution: See ayurvedaherbs to get rid of itchiness

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