Timare Chutney/Brahmi Herb Chutney

Brahmi or waterhyssop is one important herb in Ayurveda, it is known as Brahmi after ”Brahma” the creator God of the Hindu Pantheon. In Karnataka we call it as ”Timare” or ”Vondelaga”. It is mainly used in hair oil where it has medicinal values and prevents hair fall. I remember grandma preparing herb oil by mixing brahmi along with coconut oil and many other herbs. It is said that giving Brahmi to kids can increase their memory power. It is proved effective for anxiety and ADHD. As a kid I always loved Brahmi leaves in chutney and tambuli (a curry made from yogurt and green chilly) I remember helping my mom to collect leaves from our backyard. Recently when I was walking through the market I saw fresh Brahmi leaves and I couldn’t stop buying.

Timare Chutney/Brahmi Herb Chutney


  • Brahmi leaves- 1 cup
  • Grated coconut- 1 cup
  • Grated ginger- 1 tbs
  • Tamarind- 1 small pea sized
  • Green chilly- 2 (you can add more if you want it to be more spicy)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Grind above mentioned ingredients into smooth paste
  2. Serve it as dip for dosa or idli. It also tastes good as vegetable dip

Besan Chutney/Chickpea flour dip

Besan or chick pea flour is frequently used ingredient in many dishes, especially in street food like pakoda (pakora) and fries. Have you ever tried chickpea flour dip with dosa or idlies? If you are bored with usual mint and coconut chutney for your breakfast then here is a new recipe.

Besan Chutney/chickpea flour dip


  • Besan/chickpea flour- 1/2 cup
  • Onion- Finely chopped 1
  • Tomato- 1
  • Green chilly- 3
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs
  • Ginger- a small piece, finely chopped
  • Chopped coriander leaves- 1 tbs
  • Cumin seeds, mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves for tampering


  1. Mix water to besan with out lumps and keep it aside.
  2. Take a deep pan and add a spoon of oil, upon heating add chopped onions and ginger saute until golden brown.
  3. Now add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder and salt and cook till it is mushy.
  4. Add besan mixture to this and let it boil until the raw smell goes and it becomes thick. Now tamper it with the ingredients mentioned above and garnish with coriander leaves.

Note: I have added onions here if you don’t want you can just skip it.