Lemongrass Tambuli (ನಿಂಬೆಹುಲ್ಲಿನ ತಂಬುಳಿ)

Ms. Bhavana Damle has sent the recipe for LEMONGRASS TAMBULI (ನಿಂಬೆಹುಲ್ಲಿನ ತಂಬುಳಿ). Thanks Bhavana for the wonderful recipe.

Lemongrass has tons and tons of medicinal value and Ms. Bhavana has shared some of them Courtesy Times Of India.

Lemongrass is a herb cherished for its aroma and citrus-cum-ginger taste. It is also known as citronella and its botanical name is cymbopogon citrus. It is widely used in Asian cuisines, especially Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese. Besides culinary purposes, lemongrass possesses a lot of medical and health benefits. Some of them are as follows:

Lemongrass contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. It is useful in treating infections of the stomach, colon, urinary tract and wounds.

It helps to cure diseases like typhoid, skin infections, food poisoning and body odour.

Because it contains analgesic properties, lemongrass oil helps in relieving pain from headaches, joint pains and muscle pains.

Lemongrass possesses anti-pyretic properties that is beneficial in bringing down fever. Therefore, lemongrass is administered to people having fever. (courtesy : Times of India)

Here is a recipe made by lemon grass.  LEMONGRASS TAMBULI (ನಿಂಬೆಹುಲ್ಲಿನ ತಂಬುಳಿ)


  1. 2 long lemon grass leaves cut into small pieces
  2. 6 Insulin leaves cut into small pieces ( optional)
  3. 1tea spoon grated ginger
  4. 1 teaspoon fresh coconut
  5. I small tender green chilly
  6. 2 cups butter milk
  7. Salt to taste
  8. ½ teaspoon oil, mustard, urad dal, curry leaves and turmeric powder for seasoning.


  1. Grind the first five items to a fine paste adding a little water.
  2. Then strain the same into a bowl.
  3. Add salt, buttermilk and seasoning (ಒಗ್ಗರಣೆ).

You can drink it as a starter before meal or can eat it mixing with rice. You can also use it at the end of the meal instead of curd or buttermilk.

In Brahmin community a meal never ends without curds or buttermilk. (We call it ವಂದನಾರ್ಪಣೆ -vote of thanks). In these chilly days we can use this tambuli as an alternate to curd rice with no fear of getting cold.

For more details on Lemongrass read this link on Wikipedia.

Ms. Bhavana also shares the recipe for Insulin Tambuli. Below are the details for the same.

Insulin Plant / Costus Pictus is a native of South and Central America. It is Widely Cultivated in South India. The Plant is a late entrant to Kerala Ayurvedic Medicinal herbs. This is a recent Introduction from America as a herbal cure for diabetes, Hence Commonly called as Insulin Plant.

Diabetes patients are advised to chew down a leaf in the morning and one in the evening for a month. Allopathic doctors too recommend it and it is found to be effective in bringing blood sugar levels under completely under control.

The plant grows very quickly. And the propagation is by stem cutting. It needs sunshine but it also grows in slightly shady areas. This plant has large fleshy looking leaves. The undersides of these large, smooth, dark green leaves have light purple shade. The leaves are spirally arranged around the stem, forming attractive, arching clumps arising from underground root stocks. The maximum height of these plants is about two feet.

Insulin Tambuli


  1. 10 insulin leaves cut into pieces
  2. 1/4 tea spoon jeera,
  3. 5 black pepper seeds,
  4. 1 tea spoon fresh coconut,
  5. 2 cups butter milk
  6. salt to taste ,1/2 teaspoon oil, mustard , urad dal, curry leaves, turmeric powder for seasoning.


  1. Grind the first 4 items to a fine paste adding a little water or butter milk.
  2. then add salt, butter milk and seasoning.

The tambuli can be used as a starter or with the rice or at the end of the meal.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lalitha Rao on November 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    HI Meera, Happy Thanksgiving. These recipes look very interesting. I would like to try them but where do you get them and what do they call it in this country?
    Thanks, Lalitha


    • Posted by meeraghu on November 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving. I have seen lemongrass in all Asian stores like H-Mart, Korean Corner. These are near my house in MD, should be available in NJ as well.


  2. Posted by smitha hemadri on November 24, 2012 at 12:32 am

    What do you call a insulin plant in kannada?




  4. Posted by Bramhini on January 11, 2016 at 3:02 am

    insulin is also called as kostam
    available in all nursery plan


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