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Monday, March 19, 2012

KEERAI MASIYAL / KADANCHA KEERAI



If using mulai keerai, use the tender stems also. Use only the leaves if  doing with any other keerai.  I have used arai keerai. My grandma does this in  a "kal chatti" and says that it enhances the taste. Some mash it in a blender. But I use a "keerai maththu" for mashing keerais, as I feel it should not be  like a paste. However, it is purely one's discretion whether to blend  it like a  paste or mash it with masher.

INGREDIENTS:

Keerai (greens...any variety) - 1 bunch
Toor dhal - 2 tablespoons
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp.
Oil - 1/2 tsp.
Cumin seeds - 1/8 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1/8 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1/4 tsp.
Dry red chillies - 2
Hing - 1 pinch
Salt - to taste 

Sugar - 1 pinch (This retains the colour of the keerai)

METHOD:

Clean the keerai, and wash well. Take out the leaves and chop finely.

Pressure cook toor dhal with turmeric powder and mash well. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds, urad dhal, cumin seeds, and chillies. Add the washed greens, a pinch of sugar and hing. Add very little water, salt and cook till done. (DO NOT ADD MORE WATER AS THE KEERAI OOZES OUT WATER WHILE COOKING). Mash with a keerai maththu till smooth. Now add the mashed toor dhal. Mix well and give it a boil. Serve hot with rice. Goes well as a side dish with south indian thali.

14 comments :

  1. We make kootu. this is new to me. will try this way.

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  2. Tastes great with some rice and ghee..

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  3. very nice and yummy kootu. we too make the same way except that we add coconut masala to this

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  4. Perfect to be served over rice..healthy and yummy

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  5. Wow... looks greeny yummy :) i really like all kind of keerai recipes... :)

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  6. A very regular simple keerai preparation; just reading the post and seeing the nicely clicked picture make me want to cook this!

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  7. i was reminded of my paati and amma.. even they use matthu to beat the keerai.. I don't get namba our keerai ing a..i love this with rice and ghee.. super :)

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  8. The click make me drool here.loved the colour n very tasty too.......
    MAha

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  9. lovely... love how you managed to keep the color green!

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  10. ur many recipes is always authentic and new for me. this look super fantastic. must try.

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