Sambarballi palle chutney | Doddapatre/ Ajwain leaves chutney

It was my long cherished dream to have a plant of Sambarballi in our backyard. Although we have Tulsi, mint and curry leaves which yields us all year long (due to my husband’s love and care for it), Sambarballi or Indian borage is a plant specially known to relieve colds in kids. I remember my mother and grandmother making medicine with it when me or my brother suffered from cold. And the best part was, the medicine did not taste yucky at all. It was so yummy! So I always wished I had this magical plant when Miss A had cold.

And this dream came to a reality when we visited my friend Rajath. His home had a variety of plants including Sambarballi  which was growing in plenty. His mother was kind enough to give us a branch of it and it grew really well at our place. So well that we had to search what else to make from it other than my grandma’s medicine. Look at the beauty of this plant. 

With a quick google search on the uses of this plant, I found out we could make chutney with it. We just had to dry roast it and add it to our regular chutney. I added it to raw onion chutney and we really loved it. As I read more about it, the health benefits of this plant were just unbelievable. Here are some of them:

Health Benefits of Sambarballi leaves/ Indian Borage: Increases immunity and is very helpful in relieving colds and other respiratory issues, Rich in Vitamin A (good for eyesight), Antioxidant capacity helps prevent spread of certain cancers, Effective in cleaning the body from toxins, Regulates digestion.

Anyhow we are very happy to have Sambarballi leaves in our backyard. I have written down the recipe for the medicine my grandma used to make in the notes. This medicine has been effective to relieve colds in Miss A as well. But please note to not give this medicine to infants less than a year old. Also do not rely on it and please consult your doctor for high colds. I give it only for mild congestion and cough. She gets fine in 2 to 3 doses.

Hope you all enjoy the health benefits of these leaves in this delicious chutney. Happy and Healthy cooking!


Ingredients: {Serves 5}

  • Approx 15 Sambarballi pallo/ Ajwain leaves/ Doddapatre/Sambrani
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut {fresh/ desiccated}
  • 1 small sized Onion
  • 3 Green chillies
  • 2 tsp Tamarind paste
  • Salt to taste

Step by Step recipe:

  1. Dry roast the leaves on medium flame till they change color. Allow it to cool. 
  2. Grind these leaves along with roughly chopped onion pieces, coconut, green chillies, tamarind paste, salt and little water to a smooth paste. 
  3. Now put the paste onto a pan and heat on medium flame for a minute. It may splutter, so be careful. 
  4. Remove and serve with dosas or idlis or with rice. I usually make this chutney with Chibda Polo | Muskmelon Dosa and they make a delicious combo. 


  • You can also reduce the quantity of leaves as per what is available.
  • I also make raw onion chutney without adding the leaves. It tastes yummy too!
  • For toddlers (Age above 1 year old) suffering from cold and cough, just dry roast 5 to 6 of these leaves and then crush using mortar and pestel. Sieve the juice and mix little honey. Give this twice a day making fresh each time. I give to my 2 year old and it relieves her cold quickly. This is a home remedy I learned from my Grandma and I was given as a child. 
Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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