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3 Oct 2009

Green Chilly Leaves Curry / Mulakila Parippu Curry

Have you seen a recipe with green chilly leaves? I never thought chilly leaves are edible and we can make such a delicious curry with it.Comparing to spinach, green chilly leaves are little hard in texture, but after cooking it turned softer, and the curry tasted better than spinach or our ordinary cheerayila..
All our green chilly plants turned defoliated after all these experiments.. :) If you have some chilly plants there this is a must try for you..

chilly leaves (chopped) - 4 cups
Sambar Parippu or Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Grated coconut - 3/4 cup
Small onions / shallots - 3 - 4 nos
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Dry red chillies - 1 - 2 nos
Coconut oil

Wash and Clean the leaves and chop them.
Blend together coconut and small onions by adding little water until you get a thick solution.
Cook dal with turmeric powder, chilly powder, a little water and salt.
Add chopped chilly leaves and cook for 1 - 2 mins.
Pour the blended coconut into the leaves and dal mixture.
Remove from fire when it starts boiling.
Don't boil for long.
Heat oil in a pan or a kadai.
Splutter mustard seeds and saute dry red chillies and curry leaves.
Add this seasoning into the curry.
You can use thick coconut milk instead of coconut paste.
But blended coconut solution gives a thick texture to the curry.

A Green Chilly plant from the back yard....


  1. Is this your own invention? or something already existing? I never saw somebody making this kind of curry :) Are there health issues? (if this is your own invention)

  2. Oremuna, :)
    this is not my invention and no health issues atall.. Many from our village cook this, pumpkin leaves, taro leaves etc.. So don't worry.. :)

  3. Oh,my God,appo mulakilayum curry vakkam.ille ? for the first time kelkkuva..thanks ketto.ippo ethayalum pattilla.pinne ee postil enikkettavum ishtapettathu aa mulakinte padamanu.nattil poyathinte pole sugham.enthokke ormakal..thanks da

  4. Wow I have never seen chilli leaves used in cooking, I would love to try your recipe Seena it looks amazing! :-)

  5. Shilpa(pashion4lyf)4 October 2009 at 17:27

    Hii.. amma usually makes thoran of the chilly leaves.. or sometimes mixes with with bornia cheera and the usual cheera :) and very rarely parippu curry.. we have plenty of kaanthari mulaku at home!! :) the above comment on pumpkin leaves, today we had parippu curry with pumpkin leaves :)

    The photos are gr8 as usual :) Amma rarely adds coconut to parippu curry because as a kid I never used to like coconut in everything. :) But now when I cook I put coconut in almost everything :) So, will try this version and let you know :)

  6. I've never had green chilly leaves! The curry looks yummy!

  7. Me too never ever thought that these leaves could be used like this.
    Love the colour of the dish and i am sure it tasted delicous too.

  8. pavam mulakilayeyum veruthe vidruthu:)
    looks yummy.beautiful pic..

  9. ithu oru puthiya kandupiduthamanallo.definitely il try this one.

  10. Such a new idea and experimentation! But curry looks yummy!

  11. Wow... fantastic recipe Seena...But Mulakila kittanaanu paadu.. as we are gulf expats..huh.. anyway for sure will try during the coming vacation.. Thank u so much Seena..

  12. oh wow! i had no idea! i have a small plant which needs its leaves now, but let it grow a bit :)

  13. Hai..

    Myself a college goer..A full tym lover of cooking..tnks to u for this wonderful work..Keep going....

    Archana Pradeep

  14. Toor Dal.
    I have heard so much about cooking chilly leaves that I cannot resist buying a bag of chilly leaves in the flea market in Auckland, NZ. However,they are capsicum leaves. I think that is not a problem as the smell like chilly leaves. My own chilly plant is bald or have only a few leaves. This bag I got has at least 10 cups in volume.
    I don't know what Toor Dal is, though. Can you please explain to a non Indian? Much appreciated. Keep you informed of the progress of the cooking if I do not hear from u b4 I start cooking, Seena


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