Keerai Poriyal – A spinach stir fry spiced up with red chilllies and flavored with coconut, garlic and cumin seeds.
Spinach is highly nutritious and it is good to include these fresh greens in our diet atleast twice a week. Try to choose a fresh bunch and a different variety each time. Take time to clean the spinach well so that all the harmful pesticides and insecticides sprayed are removed. This keerai poriyal is a very simple recipe that could be used to prepare any variety of spinach. This stir fry is spiced up with red chillies and the flavor is complemented with garlic. Let us learn how to make a simple keerai poriyal in this post. Eat healthy and stay happy ?
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Keerai Poriyal Recipe:
Cuisine : South Indian – Tamilnadu
Category : Side dish for rice
Makes : 3 servings
Preparation Time : 10 min
Cooking Time : 15 min
- 1 large bunch Spinach (any variety can be used)
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
- 1/4 tsp Sugar (optional)
- Salt to taste
- 2 tsp Oil
- 2 tbsp Grated Coconut
- 2 Red Chillies
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Mustard
- 1 tsp Urad Dal
1. Grind all the items given under ‘To Grind’ coarsely without adding water.
2. Wash the spinach well and chop them finely.
3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and allow it to splutter. Now add the urad dal and fry till it starts changing colour. Add the chopped onions, garlic and saute with a pinch of salt. When they become light brown, add asafoetida and mix well.
4. Now add the chopped spinach and sprinkle a little sugar. Saute till they start shrinking. Sugar helps to retain the green colour of spinach.
5. Add the ground coconut.
6. Mix well and saute till they shrink.
7. When the moisture has evaporated and there are no traces of raw smell, switch off the stove. Serve keerai poriyal with steamed rice and arachuvitta sambar!