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keerai masiyal

Keerai Masiyal

Revathi Palani
Keerai Masiyal | Spinach Dal is an easy and healthy south Indian gravy made with Keerai / Spinach, dal and tempered with aromatic Indian spices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Gravy
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 packet Spinach leaves (or big bunch)
  • 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

To temper

  • 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.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kmcook1.jpg" alt="keerai" width="48%">&nbsp<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kmcook2.jpg" alt="keerai" width="48%">
  • Once the pressure subsides, remove the lid and mash the cooked spinach and dal to a coarse texture. I used a traditional "Matthu".
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kmmash1.jpg" alt="keerai" width="48%">&nbsp<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kmmash2.jpg" alt="keerai" width="48%">
  • 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.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kmtadka1.jpg" alt="keerai" width="48%">&nbsp<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kmtadka2.jpg" alt="keerai" width="48%">
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy hot with cooked rice.
    <br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/keerai-masiyal-1.jpg" alt="keerai masiyal" width="100%">

Notes | FAQ

- We get spinach in packets here in US. The spinach is already cleaned and stems removed.
- If buying the spinach bunch, remove the stems and wash the leaves throughly to remove any sand or mud that might be sticking.