Coleus aromaticus, also known as Omavalli, is a medicinal plant that can be grown at home. Taken orally, the juice from its crushed leaves is effective in bringing out flem. Alternatively, add a sprinkling of its chopped leaves to salads and soups to keep our lungs and respiratory tract congestion free, especially during the rainy season.
Omavalli Leaves (Karpooravalli / Mexican Mint) – 10, cleaned, washed
Gram Flour – 1 cup
Rice Flour – 1/2 cup
Roasted Gram Flour – 1/2 cup
Red Chilli Powder as per taste
Salt as per taste
Oil as required
1. Combine the gram flour, rice flour, roasted gram flour, salt, red chilli powder and enough water in a bowl.
2. Mix well to a bajji batter consistency.
3. Heat oil in a frying pan.
4. Dip the omavalli leaves in the batter and fry them in hot oil till golden brown.
5. Remove and drain excess oil.
6. Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.