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23 September, 2015

Gongura leaves Chutney or Thuvaiyal with A Healthy Tip! – DFT

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Gongura or Red Sorrel is a culinary herb  widely used in the Andhra and Telengana regions of India. The greens of this plant have a slightly bitter taste and are hence called “pulicha keerai” in Tamil. They have a cooling effect on the body and are rich in iron, folate, vitamins, A and C and other phyto-nutrients. According to this source, they also improve the immune system, help in cardiovascular health and control diabetes.

Gongura pachadi as it is called in Telugu or thuvaiyal in Tamil, is one popular way to consume this delicious herb. This side dish is good with plain rice, with gluten-free roti or with rice mixed with plain yogurt. Tangy, spicy and finger licking good, with amazing health benefits! Find it in your market (Indian grocery) today!


A word of caution, though: Just like spinach, gongura leaves contain lots of oxalic acid, which can bind with calcium to form calcium oxalate. This can lead to the growth or formation of kidney stones in those who are prone to this condition. Those people who need to control oxalates in food should consume this in moderation. Since I make this very often while it is in season, I partly cook this in water and discard the resultant liquid. This method removes some of the harmful oxalates.

Read about the connection between celiac disease (intestinal damage triggered by gluten) and type 1 diabetes here:


In this picture, the leaves are washed, chopped and ready to go!


Gongura Chutney or Thuvaiyal

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Gongura leaves- 500 g. approx.

water- 1/3 cup

Urad dal- 3-4 tbsp.

whole red chillies- 7-8 (reduce depending on size of the chillies and heat tolerance)

hing/ asafoetida- a small bit (make sure it is gluten free)

salt- to taste

sesame oil- 1 tbsp.

garlic cloves- 1 or 2 (optional)


1. Remove leaves from the stem, wash and chop roughly. I had roughly 500 g. of chopped leaves.

2. Take a pan, add 1/3 cup water along with the leaves. Cover and cook on low flame till the leaves wilt. Drain the water.

3. In a saucepan, add 1/2 tbsp. of oil,  urad dal, asafoetida and red chillies. Shallow fry till the lentils turn brown.

4. Cool the leaves and grind along with the fried chilly/lentil mixture.

5. Return to the saucepan with another 1/2 tbsp. of oil. Shallow fry on low heat till any excess moisture evaporates. This helps in preservation.

6. Add some minced or finely chopped raw garlic and mix well. This not only adds flavor; raw garlic is very nutritious and the taste completely blends in that you’ll hardly notice it. This step is optional.

7. When stored in the fridge, it stays for a week to 10 days. This recipe made about 520 g. of this spicy relish, about 10 servings.


This recipe makes a spicy chutney. If your tolerance for spice is low, use lesser number of red chillies accordingly. With less spice, the amount of oil can also be reduced to 1/2 or 1/4 tbsp.

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietitian. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietitian before making any changes to your diet.

Check the other DFT posts from my friends!

Sonal: Paneer/ Tofu Keema Lettuce Wraps

Shailja: Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Parvathy: Kambu/ Bajra Dosa

Prachi: Zucchini Pancakes with Yogurt Dill Sauce

Srividhya: Kambu koozhu/ Pearl Millet Gruel

Anupama: Mixed Vegetable Saagu 

Suchitra: Ragi Masala Dosa

Sharing this at Deborah’s Vegan Potluck Linky Party #63 at Urban Naturale.


11 thoughts on : Gongura leaves Chutney or Thuvaiyal with A Healthy Tip! – DFT

  • Parvathy
    September 23, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    My favorite Apsara , I love gongura anytime . The thogayal looks delicious

  • September 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Very healthy and yummy dip!

  • September 23, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Never tried gongura before. Looks interesting.

  • September 24, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Hi Apsara, I have never used Gongura leaves before although I have gongura pickle – the bottled one! I am going to look for these leaves next time I go to our local Indian grocers! This chutney looks mouthwatering!

  • September 24, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Gongura is absolutely great for detoxification of the body. I love both gongura pickle and chutney. Thanks for sharing the tip to alleviate some of the bitterness of the leaves.

  • September 24, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Love chutneys which can be served with rice (rather than chutney as accompaniment) such as your Gongura chutney. Have heard so many good things about this, now again more from you. Must try it. Hope to look for these leaves soon.

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Waw, another awesome tasty special recipe! x

  • October 1, 2015 at 2:37 am

    It was so enlightening to read about the health benefits of gongura leaves. Thank you so much for sharing your healthy, spicy and delicious Gongura Leaves Chutney or Thuvaiyal with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I’m pinning and sharing.

    • apsara
      October 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      thank you so much, Deborah. glad you found this interesting.

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