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Health Manathakkali keerai/ Solanum nigrum/Black nightshade

Manathakkali keerai/ Solanum nigrum/Black nightshade


Black nightshade is a tiny plant that grows about one meter height and its fruits are called as wonder cherry or sun berry. It spreads around the area and it is widely used in many parts of the world for various medicinal purposes. The stem and branches of the greens are very soft and evenly spreading all over the place. The features of the plant either oval shaped or egg shaped with white, cream and violet flowers. The fruit or cherry of the plant are black and it turns blue or black when ripen.

English – Black Night shade
Tamil –Manathakkali Keerai
Hindi –Makoi
Botanical Name – Solanum nigrum


The minerals present in black nightshade are niacin, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Vitamin C is the only mineral that is present in high quantity. The energy value is 68 and it has 82.1% moisture.

Fat 1.0 g Calories 68
Water content 82.1 g
Protein 5.9 g
Mineral Salts 2.1 g
Sugar 8.9 g
Calcium 410 mg
Phosphorus 70 mg
Iron 20.5 Mg
Vitamin C 11 mg
Niacin 0.9 Mg
Riboflavin 0.59 Mg

Health Benefits

It acts as a healing component and one of the most important ingredient in Indian medicine. The ache, annoyance and excitement are balanced with the help of these leaves. The fruit of the plant are excellent appetizers. It reduces the body heat and prevent diseases that are caused by over heat. Manathakkali keerai acts as a medicine to treat dropsy. For acne, eczema and psoriasis, solanum nigrum is the best medicine prescribed by grannies. The small berries of the herb is used as a good cure for asthma and fever. People who are suffering from urine problems are recommended to take this variety at least once a week to get rid of this problem. The juice of the leaves with stem is used to relieve the problem if it has been taken at regular basis. It revitalizes the functions of the body parts and energizes the person to work all the time without tiredness. The leaves of the black night shade is used for treating digestive disorders, stomach problems like colitis, peptic ulcers and flatulence. Makoi acts as a effective remedy for dysentery and stomach ailments.


Manathakkali keerai thanni saaru - A good remedy for mouth ulcer

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Health food

Serves: Serves 2

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cook time: 10 Minutes

Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Manathakkali keerai - 1 cup (tightly packed)
  • Grated coconut -1/2 cup
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Small onion - 10 nos
  • Salt - as needed
  • Sugar – a pinch
  • Milk - little (optional)


  • Take out the leaves and discard the stem from manathakkali keerai.Chop small onions finely.
  • In a pressure cooker base ,add water and keep a small vessel,take the keerai leaves and small onions adding 1 cup of water OR arisi kazhani/mandi with a pinch of sugar & salt in the vessel.Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.Keerai will be cooked well( PS: This keerai takes more time to cook.So i always pressure cook it for quick cooking)
  • In the mean time,grind the grated coconut with 1/2 cup of water and take the extract.
  • After the keerai is cooked well,add coconut milk,salt and mix well.Make sure u don’t boil the keerai after adding coconut milk.Just heat it for few seconds and let it become warm.
  • Crush cumin seeds and add it to the keerai.
  • Check for taste and drink the water.Strain the leaves with onions,mix with plain rice


U can directly pressure cook the leaves instead of keeping inside a vessel.I usually cook this along with rice or vegetables..So i keep in a separate vessel. U can follow the same procedure and make this using agathi keerai .

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