You might have heard about murungai (moringa) and its benefits. It’s something people in Asia have been eating for generations, but only recently people in the west “recognized” it as a superfood. Not only the tree’s leaves, but also the sticks and bark are useful, and have been used in food and for medication, mainly in Siddha Maruthuvam, for ages. The word muringa is actually derived from the tamil name murungai and the malayali name muringa.
We use the sticks very much, and it’s easy to buy them in the local tamil stores, but the leaves are not always imported. Whenever we are able to buy them, we do, because we love them and of course of the benefits.
Achcharu is a very popular side dish in Sri Lanka, and there are 2 varieties of it, either the Jaffna style or the Sinhalese style. Achcharu is actually spiced, pickled greens, that is eaten as a side dish for rice or pittu. It’s a must have in the tamil kitchen, if you ask me. No meal is complete without achcharu 😉
Sodhi is usually eaten with idiyappam (string hoppers) in Ilangai, and I’m actually not sure about what Indians eat with sodhi, but I saw a recipe on Thirunelveli style sodhi in a cooking show with Venkatesh Bath for many years ago, and I think it’s really good with idiyappam.
Thirunelveli is a town in Tamil Nadu, and is very famous for many food items, especially the halwa, from the shop Iruttu Kadai. Other popular food items in Thirunelveli is uluthansoru and uluthankali, and of course sodhi that are particularly eaten in Thirunelveli. Also sodhi and uluthankali are very popular among the tamil people in Ilangai, and I’ve eaten a lot of it.