Manathakkali Keerai Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses: Cure For Ulcer

We call manathakkali keerai “Sukuti Keerai” in my place and I absolutely love it. It is called black night shade in English and it’s botanical name is solanum nigrum. Especially the small dark fruits (sukkuti palam in Tamil) is divine and I am sure many of you must have enjoyed plucking and eating these small fruits, when you were a child. I am saying as a child because usually these fruits are used as treats for children. When I was younger, I used to love plucking these fruits one by one and popping it in my mouth. Though we make gravies and vathal with unripe fruits, the ripe fruits are my favorite.

The fruits are also the best way to identify this amazing plant. I wish many children know about these fruits and enjoy them, because nowadays many don’t even know the name of this plant. Manathakkali is a wonder plant and has many health benefits and medicinal uses. In my home, we make a stir fry with manathakkali leaves very often along with this manathakkali soup.

If you are suffering from ulcers or stomach burn look no further and reach out for manathakkali, because nothing can treat ulcers like manathakkali. If you are suffering from ulcers, try taking this manathakkali soup everyday along with the fruit for lunch till you get good relief. When you are on this diet try to stay away from foods that trigger ulcers like caffeine, cola drinks, oily fried foods, spicy foods and processed foods to heal faster.

Morning and night stick to traditional foods that are easy on the stomach and that can be easily digested like idli, steamed foods, etc and in the afternoon take this soup along with rice. Within a few days you will find your ulcers healing, but eating a healthy diet while doing this home remedy is very important. This soup tastes delicious and can be given to both adults and children. This treatment also works best for children and can be given to them, if they are complaining of stomach burn.

When making this remedy always use freshly plucked leaves and homemade coconut milk for best taste and results. Coconut milk in the recipe also is very good for treating ulcers and stomach burn. I prefer to make this soup fresh, but if you are pressed for time, make a huge batch and refrigerate. If you are not suffering from stomach burn, try including this soup at least weekly once in your diet to prevent stomach burn and ulcers.

How To Make Manathakkali Keerai Soup?

1. Clean manathakkali keerai and cut into small pieces.

2. Pound black peppercorns and cumin seeds coarsely. Cut garlic and small onions finely.

3. Heat unrefined sesame oil in an iron pan. Once hot add the pounded spices and add the cut garlic and small onions and fry well.

4. Once the onions have fried, add the cut manthakkali and fry till it wilts. Add water till the leaves are immersed and salt, cover and boil till the leaves are cooked. The leaves take some time to be cooked, so wait patiently till the leaves are fully cooked.

5. Remove the lid and add thick coconut milk. Keep the flame on low and once tiny bubbles start appearing on the sides, switch off and serve.


  • Don’t boil the mixture for long, after adding the coconut milk and make sure to keep the flame on low else the coconut milk will split.
  • This soup can be consumed as such or can be had with rice.
  • Since the leaves take some time to be cooked, make sure to cut the leaves finely.
  • The coconut milk should be thick, use the first extract of the coconut milk.
  • Manathakkli apart from healing ulcers in the stomach and mouth is also very nutritious.
  • The fruits are also good for treating ulcers.



  1. sangeetha menon
    December 31, 2014 / 3:57 am

    Oh i remember eating the ripe small dark fruits of manathakkali in my native. Its found to be effective for mouth ulcers and intestine wounds too. Great post as usual 🙂

  2. Linda Eberline
    January 10, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    Is manathakkali keerai "Sukuti Keerai" available in the US?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2015 / 6:12 pm

      Hi Linda, Try with the botanical name (Solanum Nigrum) in herb shops, I read that manathakkali is found in certain places of US….

    • Kingshri Arumuga Pandian
      May 29, 2016 / 2:36 am

      I recently saw this plant in Hunsader farms, Bradenton FL near their tomato plants. So I believe they must be available in most parts of US.

  3. Shruthi Vijayaraghavan
    January 30, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    As usually great post! Thumbs up for using Unrefined Sesame oil!!

  4. Umamaheswari
    February 2, 2015 / 9:53 am

    in what name we get unrefined sesame oil in market ??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 2, 2015 / 4:13 pm

      Uma, I get mine from a small family run unit in Erode, it is called AA brand. I don't know whether it is available everywhere…

  5. Anonymous
    June 13, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    hi madam; iam madhavi my husband is suffering with stomach burning from long time but he don;t go to doctar .we dont no whether it is stomach ulcer or asedety or any other what can i do. please help madam.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 24, 2015 / 5:55 am

      Hi, I am sorry for not replying sooner. For stomach burn, completely refraining from taking spicy foods, caffeine and reducing stress will greatly help. Also ask him to drink lots of water and take fresh yogurt daily. For treating the ulcers, manathakkali is the best, give him this soup daily for a few days till the ulcers heal (you can skip the peppercorns in the soup). But while doing this treatment ask him to completely let go of spicy, caffeinated and processed foods till the ulcers heal…..

  6. Anonymous
    June 25, 2015 / 1:12 pm

    madam ,what name ,where we get manathakkli in hyderabad is it must fresh or dry

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 27, 2015 / 6:42 am

      I am sorry, I don't know where you get manathakkali in Hyderabad. But why not try growing it in your garden or in small pots, that way you can use it daily for making the soup. You can source the seeds online or in herb shops..

  7. Anonymous
    June 26, 2015 / 3:48 am

    thanks madam for reply

  8. Anonymous
    June 26, 2015 / 4:02 am

    hi madam thanks for reply. madam completely refraining from taking spicy food means i should not use even red chilly powder and green chilly in caries.he drink tea at morning is it ok. can i give him neerakaram also with this manathakkali .please reply madam

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 27, 2015 / 6:36 am

      Yes, please stop using chilli powder and green chillies till his stomach ulcers heal and reduce the amount of tamarind too (practically anything that aggravates acidity). Drinking tea and coffee should be stopped, especially in the empty stomach and it can be replaced with palaya satham without any spiciness. Give this manathakkali keerai soup daily and his stomach ulcers will heal faster…

  9. SV
    August 30, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Can you post some recipes with the dry fruits of manathakkali ?Thanks for this recpie and the home remedy for stomach ulcers.Does dry fruits help in healing ulcers?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 4, 2015 / 4:20 am

      We only make manathakalli vatha kulambu with the dried fruits which won't be helpful with acidity as it is quite spicy and sour. Instead you can just fry the manathakkali vathal in coconut oil and have it for lunch along with curd rice. Though not as potent as the fresh manathakkali keerai, it is also quite beneficial for treating all stomach disorders…

  10. Anonymous
    September 15, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    madam please help me cure canker sore in tha roof of the mouth. its starts increasing the size of wound, give me some ideas to cure it. thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 21, 2015 / 4:30 am

      For canker sores chewing on fresh manathakkali leaves will help. Also try either oak gall or alum mouth wash from the blog, it greatly helps get rid of canker sores….

  11. Anonymous
    September 17, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Thanks Ramy for the Botanic name. I found this Sukutti Kerai plant in the streets of Trenton city in USA.I was amazed. Here no one knows about it.

  12. Rubin Joe
    October 15, 2015 / 2:56 am

    Sukutti keerai name in Hindi pls??!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 21, 2015 / 3:01 pm

      I think manathakkali keerai is called Makoy | Makoi in Hindi…

  13. Greenmale
    April 12, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Hello Ramya, a very nice article and good response from you for the queries. I just wanted to share one caution to all of us. In US, Australia and some parts of Europe, people need to be careful while picking up this plant leaves and fruits from the wild. There is another plant which is very similar to this. Please check this article if you wanted to procure the plant from wild – struggled after consuming deadly nightshade unknowingly. But the ones found in India are safe to consume. But leaves need to be cooked completely and if you wanted to eat the fruits without cooking, make sure it is ripe.Thank you.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you for sharing this information…

  14. Anonymous
    August 4, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Hello RamyaI have been suffering from Ulcerative Colitis since year 2009. I am in London. No western medicine cure this decease. Will this ManAthakkali Keerai will cure Ulcerative Colitis? Please let me know.If this Keerai does not cure, do you know any other Tamil medicine to cure this decease.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      There are 4 home remedies that will greatly help with ulcerative colitis: 1. Turmeric tea. 2. Wheat grass juice 3. Aloe Vera juice 4. Licorice tea. Try any one of these but licorice tea alone cannot be had for longer duration of time…

  15. Devika Vika
    December 30, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Hi madam…I'm suffering from gastric problem since quite many years…now it got worse with acid reflux which cause heart burn…instead of making soup, can I stir fry the keerai and eat with white rice for lunch?and how long am I suppose to consume it?

  16. victorraamphal
    January 7, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Hi mam. I am suffering from frequent oral wound in tongue for last 1 year. It comes monthly once and go. Recently its started coming weekly once in entire mouth area and now can feel burning sensation in stomachs too. I live in Chennai where its difficult to get tat plant. But i got manathakkali powder from a herbal shop. How to use it for this cure.

    • Priyatama Patra
      April 7, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Hi use alover juice mix with amla. It ll surely reduce the ulcer.

  17. Rajendren
    April 18, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Today I had the chance to see this plant and wife made chutnies from this and really its amazing taste…

  18. Prabhakaran Renganathan
    September 12, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Such a wonderful plant you never see. If you pluck some 4 or 5 leaves wash it and take the raw leaves in mouth and chew it for mouth ulcer. You can felt the imminent relief with in some 2 minutes.Felt it and commend please..!

  19. Unknown
    January 27, 2018 / 4:01 am

    Hi madam I have suffering from stomach burning for long time.. I even tried medicines but no use of it.. Due to burning I couldnt concentrate in anything.please give me some remedies to ride of this ulcer

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 28, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Eliminate spiciness, junk food, prepackaged food, eating out and soft drinks completely for a few days and consume this soup regularly for a few days, you will get good relief…

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