Mudakathan Keerai (முடக்கத்தான் கீரை) is a medicinal herb that is traditionally used to treat joint pain. It is called ‘balloon vine’ as its seed pods look like balloons! Scientifically known as Cardiospermum Halicacabum, this herb is also called ‘indravalli’ and it grows wildly in countryside. In the cities, it is often available in the neighborhood vegetable market.
|Mudakathan Keerai (முடக்கத்தான் கீரை ) or Balloon Vine|
How to use: Generally a decoction or extract (கஷாயம்) of this herb is recommended for joint pain. Dry powder of mudakathan keerai is also available in the market. However, traditionally dosa made with fresh balloon vine leaves is used as a home remedy for joint pain. Moreover, you can also make rasam or chutney using this keerai. It has a mild bitter taste, which is not pronounced when cooked.
|Mudakathan leaves with balloon like seedpods!|
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