Fresh Hippali/ pippali tambuli/ Long pepper tambli

Yesterday I got some fresh hippali from the garden of a relative. They were very fresh and I asked her ‘what do you do with this’!? She replied that she prepares tambuli and it was actually new to me. Today I prepared the tambuli which was very tasty & aromatic. 

Long pepper tambli

Hippali/ pippali, name sounds familier? Or it is new to you? Whatever, it is really worth knowing about this wonderful herb. If you are a follower of Ayurveda, then obviously you must have come across this.
It is generally known by the name pippali or pipli that is it’s Sanskrit name and it is called as hippali in kannada. It is referred by the name ‘Long pepper’ in English and it belongs to the family Piperaceae which is the same family of black pepper plant. Botanical name of this plant is Piper longum and is usually grown for its edible fruit which is a great ayurvedic medicine. It can be easily grown in a shady area with regular water supply just to maintain the soil moisture.
When talking about the benefits of hippali, it has many of them. Nature being heat (Ushna), it is wonderful remedy for cold and related issues such as cough, fever, respiratory tract infection. It also improves immunity, digestion and beneficial in digestive system disorders. It is believed to be good for children having breathing difficulties and low immune system. We have a practice of giving this to the infants (after 10 days of birth) along with other herbs like baje, shunti, jeshta madhu, nutmeg… which is called as *‘suttu maddu’ (where suttu is round & maddu is medicine). This name because, all these ingredients are rubbed on a rough surface (like flat stone) just once and given to the baby. This tells the importance and uses of these herbs. It is a preventive measure to cough, cold & indigestion. Pippali is available in dried form in Ayurvedic stores. One can also try growing it in the kitchen garden.

*Before giving anything to infants, please consult a certified medical practitioner and make sure the baby is not under any special condtion!

Hippali/ pipli/ long pepper

I am sharing the recipe of hippali tambuli here. No cooking required for this than just a seasoning!
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Freshly picked Pippali/ long pepper – 8 – 10
Fresh grated coconut – ¼ cup
Salt – To taste
Fresh buttermilk/ curds – ½ cup
Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Dry red chilli – 1
Curry leaves – 1 sprig

  • Wash pippali clean and take them in a small wet mixer jar.
  • Add grated coconut, salt and grind to smooth paste.
  • Transfer it to the serving bowl. Add buttermilk/ curds.
  • Adjust the consistency as required by adding water.
  • Prepare a seasoning of oil, mustard and broken red chilli. On spluttering, add curry leaves and add it to the tambuli.
  • Serve fresh tambuli with rice and other side dish of preference.
  • If fresh pippali/ hippali is not available, then you can add powdered dry pippali (1/2 tsp)
  • This tambuli is good for digestion.
  • Cumin seeds (1/2 tsp) can be added with hippali while grinding. Then the flavor changes completely.
pippali tambuli