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Thursday, July 5, 2012

KEERAI MASIYAL (SPINACH WITH SEASONING)

KEERAI MASIYAL (SPINACH WITH SEASONING)
Keerai Masiyal is the simplest spinach dish ever but tastes awesome especially if the keerai is fresh. The cooking process is not lengthy. It’s fast to cook and very good for health. After moving to Singapore and seeing how the Chinese cook their spinach by sautéing and not using much spices. I had a renewed respect for our very own Keerai Masiyal.
This can be made with different types of greens that are available in whichever place you’ll are located. I made this with Bombay Paalak Spinach which is my favorite. I am lucky to get this here in Singapore at Mustafa. I love the Paalak Spinach as it has a strong green color and taste unmatched to any greens in the world.
My grandma used to always cook this in a kallu chatti –“kallu” means stone in Tamil and “chatti” means a pot. The “kallu”pots are made of soap stone which is a soft stone and hence has to be handled very delicately. My grandma used to mash the keerai with a wooden “maththu” (a wooden churner used to blend and mash). She used to say that this enhances the taste of the keerai. Since getting these vessels has become rare, you can alternatively blend the keerai in a blender, but I don’t like to do that as it gets mashed into a fine paste or you can mash it with your hand(once it cools down) or with a ladle or a big spoon.

Ingredients:
Spinach – 1 Bunch
Asafetida (Hing) - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Split white lentil (Udad dal) – 1 tsp
Red chilly – 2
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Salt as per taste
Coconut Oil – 2 tbsps



Method:
Wash the spinach leaves and cut into small pieces and put them into a thick bottomed vessel. Add,  turmeric powder, asafetida and salt and let it cook. Add very little water into the vessel as the spinach will release its own water. Allow the spinach to cook until its soft. It hardle takes 10-15 minutes for the spinach to get cooked. Now turn off the gas and let the spinach rest for a while. After this mash the spinach well.
Then, starts the tempering process, Take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or any cooking oil, add the mustard seeds, Udad dal and Red chilly. When the mustard starts to splutter and the udad dal starts to get pink, pour them onto the keerai masiyal and mix well.
The Keerai masiyal is a wonderful side dish and can be eaten with any dish. Keerai masiyal is given as a post partum dish as its good for health and very light on the stomach. It is also usually given to people who are recovering from illnesses.
Kids are given this with their favorite, “Paruppu chaadam” lentil and rice combo.
Try to add more greens to your daily food intake.
Try this simple recipe and enjoy.
Tips
By adding a pinch of Sugar to the green leaves while cooking, you can retain the green color in the dish even after it’s cooked.

4 comments:

Anu said...

Healthy masiyal, sometimes I used to add to or dal

Hari Chandana said...

Very healthy masiyal.. looks tempting :)
Indian Cuisine

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Veena Theagarajan said...

simple and healthy masiyal

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