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Adamant Creeper as Food (Pirandai Thuvaiyal)

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Adamant Creeper (Cissus quadrangularis) is a perennial plant of the grape family. It is known as Pirandai in Tamil and is a low-maintenance hardy plant suitable for kitchen gardens. It can be propagated very easily by stem cutting – snip a few stems at the nodes and plant them in soil – it will grow into a new adamant creeper.

Adamant Creeper in kitchen garden

Adamant Creeper in kitchen garden

Adamant Creeper growing along with other thorned green leafy vegetables in kitchen garden

Adamant Creeper growing along with other thorned green leafy vegetables in kitchen garden

Closeup of Adamant Creeper nodes and leaves

Close-up of Adamant Creeper nodes and leaves

Adamant Creeper can be used to make a tasty dip (Pirandai thuvaiyal) that can be an accompaniment for dishes like dosa, chapathi or it can be mixed with rice and consumed. Here’s the recipe:


  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Ginger – A small piece
  • Tamarind – A small gooseberry size
  • Coconut – Few pieces
  • Tender Adamant creeper (stringed) – Few pieces
  • Salt – to taste
  • Gingelly Oil – 1 to 2 tsp or as required


  • String adamant creeper using a knife (the same way as for ridge gourd), remove nodes. Cut, wash it, keep it aside.


  • Using a pan, sauté all the ingredients one after the other with a teaspoon of oil.
  • Wait till the heat subsides, add required salt, grind it in a mixer grinder as a dip/thuvaiyal – let it be coarse.
  • Delicious adamant creeper dip is ready. It goes well with plain ghee rice, karakulambu (hot, spicy curry), dosa or idly.

No of servings: 4

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Note: Adamant creeper causes itching, especially when it is wet. To get rid of itching, grease gingelly oil in palms while handling it. Also, tamarind is a must in the recipe – without it the dish will produce itchiness or pricking sensation in the mouth.

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Anu priya, Early Childhood Educator

Anu priya – Early Childhood Educator

Anu Priya, is a woman who aims for balance in life. In the professional front, she is an Early Childhood Educator who is very keen about her career. She aspires to be a beacon to young little minds, loves to travel with them into their world, at their own pace. At home, she is a loving mom with lots of tricks up her sleeves to handle the pranks of her naughty brat and an evergreen queen of her sweetheart-husband. She is always willing to learn, likes to read a lot, explore recipes and experiment with them.



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