Monday, April 27, 2015

Keerai Masiyal | கீரை மசியல் | Mashed Spinach

Keerai (Indian Spinach) masiyal is a low calorie traditional vegetable recipe cooked with onions, chillies and garlic. Keerai is a real powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. Keerai masiyal is the easiest, healthiest and simplest flavorful recipe. I follow my mom's simple version and this is my favourite.

Ingredients :-
 Keerai ( Indian Spinach)    1 bunch  
 Shallots *   10 
 Garlic   4 pods 
 Green chillies   5
 Sugar    pinch
 Butter    1 tsp  
 Cumin    1 tsp
 Salt to taste

Method  :-
1. Clean the keerai by removing the root and unwanted leaves. Wash it thoroughly in water for 3-4 times. Drain and chop it roughly.

2. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin and let it splutter. Then add garlic, onions, green chillies and saute till translucent. 
3. Then add roughly chopped spinach along salt, a pinch of sugar and ½ cup of water. The keerai also will leave some water while cooking so add water accordingly. Let it get cooked for 10 minutes in medium flame. Cook until the stems get soft.
4). Switch off and let it cool. Drain the excess water in a bowl and reserve it to use while grinding. Puree the cooked keerai along with butter. Donot add more water while grinding, the consistency of this masiyal should be in a semisolid form. 
Enjoy the healthy and tasty masiyal. Serve with  hot steamed rice and ghee. 
Notes  :- 
# You can use any Keerai variety like Mulai keerai, Arai keerai or Siru keerai. You can also include stem for Mulai Keerai.
# Adding a pinch of sugar while cooking ensures to retain the green colour of the keerai.
# It is best to use the freshest possible spinach for this dish. Frozen spinach could work well too. 
# Substitute shallots with 1 big onion.

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