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Spinach | Mulaikeerai Kadaiyal | Keerai Masiyal

Keerai Masiyal with Step by Step Pictures
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Spinach/Keerai is a healthy food and taste great even though they are full of nutrients. This is my amma's way of preparing keerai. I love this recipe a lot so I thought of preparing it and it worked out perfectly. I'm pretty sure I could eat the whole in one sitting.

It is versatile and pairs well with almost everything. Before jumping into the recipe I wanted to share some of the health benefits of spinach.

Mulaikeerai Kadaiyal
It is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. They are important for skin, hair, bone health and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

There are more and more health benefits we get on consuming it. It improves blood glucose control in diabetics, lowers the risk of cancer, blood pressure and asthma. It consist of 250mg of calcium per cup(cooked keerai/spinach). Also calcium is easily absorbed than any other diary products. It is rich in fibre and water content, thus helping for a healthy digestive tract.

No more boring stories. Here comes the recipe.

Mulaikeerai Kadaiyal / Keerai Masiyal


Mulaikeerai - 1bunch
Tomato - 1/2
Green chillies - 4 
Small Onion - 3
Grated Coconut - 2tblspn
Cumin - 1tspn
Tamarind - 1 
Asafoetida - a pinch 
Curry leaves - 1twig
Coconut oil - 1tspn(optional)
To temper:
Mustard seed - 1tspn
Onion - 1
Curry leaves - 1twig
Oil - as needed


Grind together coconut and cumin and keep aside.

In a vessel, take all the ingredients(spinach/keerai, tomato, green chilli, onion, tamarind, curry leaves and ground coconut,cumin). Add 1 cup of water to this. 

Cook in a medium flame for 5-10mins or until spinach wilts.

Remove from heat and allow it to cool down.

Purée them using a blender or mash it with the help of masher.

Heat oil, add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add the chopped onion and curry leaves. Mix it with mashed spinach.

Good as a side dish or accompaniment to a variety of meals.


ingredients for spinach
Keep all your ingredients ready
grind coconut
Grind coconut and cumin with adding water. You can also add without grinding them
combine everything
Combine together spinach, onion, green chilli, tomato
tamarind, salt added
Add in curry leaves, salt and tamarind
add oil
Add in coconut oil. This step is optional
adding asafoetida
Add asafoetida
water to cook
Add in ground coconut and 1 glass of water
cook them
Cook in a medium flame for 5-10mins or until spinach wilts.
cool and grind
Once cooled down, mash them
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds
onion and curry leaves
When it begins to splutter, add chopped onion and curry leaves
pour the tempering
Pour them tempering over the spinach
Spinach Masiyal
Its Ready!

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