Indian Borage (Plectranthus amboinicus) or Mexican Mint is a medicinal plant grown in most parts of Southern India. In Karnataka, it is called as Dodda Patre. Its fleshy leaves have an Oregano like flavor and are used extensively in cooking and for curing various ailments.
Doddapatre is a hardy plant and grows easily in pots. Most people in Southern India have it in their garden considering its health benefits. A detailed account of its health benefits is available at http://www.urbanmali.com/health-benefits-of-indian-borage-doddapatre/
Here is a recipe for a chutney made from the Dodda Patre leaves that is delicious and very easy to make.
15-20 Dodda Patre leaves washed and dried
1 Red Chili
½ tsp Urad Dal
½ tsp Chana Dal
1 tsp oil
½ cup grated Coconut
½ tsp Tamarind juice
Salt to taste
For the seasoning (optional)
1 tsp oil; 1/4 tsp mustard seeds; 1 red chili
- Wash and chop the Dodda Patre leaves.
- Heat oil. Add the urad dal and the Chana dal. Add the Red chili. Fry till the dals turn slightly brown. Remove all the dals and the red chili and set aside.
- To the same oil, add the chopped Dodda Patre leaves and fry till it wilts and changes color as shown above. Remove and set aside.
- Grind the roasted ingredients to a fine paste with the coconut, tamarind and salt.
- Heat oil. Add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add the red chili. Add the ground paste, mix well and fry for a minute.
Serve with rice, dosa or chapathi. You could also use it as a sandwich spread.