My 47th recipe "Keerai Masiyal (Spinach Dal)", a simple and super healthy dish. A rich source of iron. While growing up, I was not one of those exceptional kids who used to eat my veggies and greens. So obviously this was very rarely made at home. But after marriage, when I learnt this recipe from RK, I was pleasantly surprised.
I do not know how this recipe is made traditionally, but this bachelor version is extremely simple to make, just chop chop and into the cooker and tastes absolutely wonderful with cooked rice. I never knew that spinach or for that matter any other green could taste so wonderful. I am now a huge fan of this dish and make sure that I prepare this atleast once a week to reap the huge health benefits along with the yummy taste. This can be prepared with any variety of green you can get your hands on.
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Keerai Masiyal (Spinach Dal)
- 1 packet Spinach leaves (or big bunch)
- ⅓ Cup Toor Dal -⅓ Cup
- ½ large Onion (roughly chopped)
- ½ large Tomato (roughly chopped)
- 1 large Green chilli (slit)
- 5 cloves Garlic
- ¼ tsp Turmeric
- ½ tsp Salt (adjust per taste)
- ¼ tsp Asafoetida
- ¾ Cup Water
- 1 tsp Oil
- ¼ tsp Mustard
- ½ tsp Broken Urad Dal
- ¼ tsp Jeera
- 2 Dry red chilli
- 4 Curry Leaves
- ¼ tsp Asafoetida
- First clean the spinach and chop it roughly. Add all the ingrediants (except "To temper") into a pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistles.
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- Once the pressure subsides, remove the lid and mash the cooked spinach and dal to a coarse texture. I used a traditional "Matthu".
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- Now heat a kadai with oil, add the mustard. Once it splutters, add the other ingrediants listed under "To temper". Once they turn golden brown in color, add them to the mashed dal. Give a nice stir.
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- Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy hot with cooked rice.<br><img src="//revi.b-cdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/keerai-masiyal-1.jpg" alt="keerai masiyal" width="100%">
I love this dish. There was a 'Patti' who used to cook this for me, Adding tamarind paste to this will give it a surprise twist. Love your blog, it brings back such good memories of the Indian dishes that I miss.
Yes Saafi, we do add tamarind as well when making a specific type of keerai. Thanks for your lovely comments though 🙂
It's very easy to make and healthy too
Thanks Jashma 🙂