Keerai Poriyal / Keerai Stir fry

by - April 28, 2014

Keerai Poriyal / Keerai Stir fry

            Today I am going to share simple recipe from Tamil Nadu state, Which is also have a title " Lands of Temple".  Tamil Nadu is the southern-most state of India. It is a beautiful state nestled in the southern Indian peninsula, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal and the deep blue Indian Ocean. Tamil Nadu is bounded by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the north and Kerala on the west. The eastern and western tips of the state are defined by the Point Calimere and Mudumalai wildlife sanctuaries while the southernmost tip of Cape Comorin or Kanyakumari.

           Rice and legumes play an significant role in Tamil cuisine. On special occasions, traditional Tamil dishes are prepared in almost the same way as they were centuries ago—preparations that call for elaborate and leisurely cooking, and served in traditional style and ambiance. The traditional way of eating a meal involves being seated on the floor, having the food served on a banana leaf, and using clean fingers of the right hand to transfer the food to the mouth.

             Lunch or Dinner is usually a meal of steamed rice/Choru, served with accompanying items, which typically include sambar, dry curry, rasam, kootu and thayir/curd/yogurt or more/buttermilk.   Breakfast usually includes idli, pongal, dosai, aval (flattened rice), puttu, idiyappam, appam with sweetened coconut milk, chapathi, sevai, Vadai which are of 2 kinds - (medhuvadai meaning soft vadai and paruppuvadai meaning lentils vadai) Vadai, along with coconut chutney, sambar and Milagai podi. Tiffin is usually accompanied by hot filter coffee, the signature beverage of the city. 

Preparation time: Less than 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients: 
2 cups / 1 bunch mulai keerai or any green verity
1/2 cup chopped onions
4 garlic pods 
3 tbsp shredded coconut 
Salt to taste

For seasoning: 
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds  
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 ~ 1 tsp urad dal  
1~ 2 Red chilli, broken or to taste

Method:
1. Remove the roots and wash the greens thoroughly. Chop the green and keep it aside until use.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds to crackle, then add cumin seed, urad dhal and fry for few minutes until urad dhal slightly change its color.  Add red chill, crushed garlic, saute for few seconds then add chopped onion and fry for few minutes till it become soft then add chopped greens. Add salt and saute for few minutes. 
3. Saute the greens with out adding water. Adjust salt to taste.
4. Continue cooking till the water from the greens evaporates. Add shredded coconut and saute once and turn off the heat. Serve with hot steamed rice or any verity rice.

Keerai Poriyal / Keerai Stir fry

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Keerai Poriyal / Keerai Stir fry
Preparation time: Less than 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients: 
2 cups / 1 bunch mulai keerai or any green verity  
4 garlic pods 
3 tbsp shredded coconut 
Salt to taste

For seasoning: 
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds  
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 ~ 1 tsp urad dal  
1~ 2 Red chilli, broken or to taste

Method:
1. Remove the roots and wash the greens thoroughly. Chop the green and keep it aside until use.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds to crackle, then add cumin seed, urad dhal and fry for few minutes until urad dhal slightly change its color.  Add red chill, crushed garlic, saute for few seconds then add chopped onion and fry for few minutes till it become soft then add chopped greens. Add salt and saute for few minutes. 
3. Saute the greens with out adding water. Adjust salt to taste.
4. Continue cooking till the water from the greens evaporates. Add shredded coconut and saute once and turn off the heat. Serve with hot steamed rice or any verity rice. 
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9 comments

  1. wow the click!!! the idea of a close up shot of a spoon full of keerai is amazing!!!! very homey and comforting stir fry

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  2. I can happily have this healthy keerai poriyal simply with some and papads, my all time favourite.

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  3. i love this poriyal very much .With rasam or tangy gravies its absolute divine

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  4. So nicely prepared and a very different presentation..very nice one..:)..Nothing beats greens..

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  5. Simple and delicious spinach curry.

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  6. Wow! this looks so tempting.

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  7. I love spinach stir fry and I like addition of coconut in this stir fry. Nice click

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  8. keerai poriyal is a staple at our place. nice pic

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  9. Wow what a pic. I want to get the poriyal off the spoon straight where it belongs. In my thali!

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