Maddu Kool (Medicinal Rice)


In Coorg, during the monsoon we celebrate the 18th day of the month of Kakkada in August as ‘Kakkada Padinet’. This month begins in July and ends in August. This year, the 18th day was yesterday. On this day, a plant known as “maddu thoppu” (medicine leaf) in Coorg and Kurinji in Kerala, the botanical name being Justicia Wynaadensis, is believed to contain 18 varieties of herbal medicine and the plant emits a pleasant aroma.

IMG_0734 Justicia Wynaadensis

The leaves plucked on this day are boiled to yield a dark purple extract. Sweet porridge (Maddu Kool) and cakes are made using this juice. Today let’s learn to make Maddu Kool.


For the extract

A bunch of leaves and stems from the Justicia Wynaadensis plant

Method 1

Bruise the leaves and stems and soak overnight in enough water to cover the leaves. Boil this in the morning for half…

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