Mudakathan keerai is an amazing ingredient to include in our diet as it has amazing nutritional value, medicinal uses and health benefits. It is especially well known for treating joint pain and promoting hair growth. We use both fresh mudakathan keerai leaves and dried mudakathan powder extensively in home remedies. At home we make mudakathai keerai dosai, mudakathan oil to stop hair fall and promote hair growth, mudakathan keerai soup, mudakathan keerai thuvaiyal (mudakathan keerai thokku), mudakathan keerai rasam and mudakathan keerai chutney regularly.
We call balloon vine plant “Mudakathan Keerai” in Tamil and this plant is very famous in Tamil Nadu for it’s use in treating joint pains. It’s botanical name is Cardiospermum Halicacabum. It is called Kanphata in Hindi, Budda Kakara in Telugu, Agniballi in Kannada and Jyotishmati in Malayalam.
100 grams of mudakathan keerai has around 61 calories, 4.7 grams of protein, 0.6 grams of fat and 9 grams of carbohydrate. Like every green it is rich in minerals, calcium, iron and phosphorus.
Phytochemical analysis of the acteone extract of mudakathan keerai showed the presence of tannins and flavonoids. Mudakathan keerai stem acetone extract showed the presence of tannins, flavonoids, terpenoids, cardiac glycosides and alkaloids. Mudakathan keerai seed coat acetone extract showed the presence of tannins and flavonoids.