Thursday, August 18, 2011

Keerai / Palak Stir Fry

When I was a chottu mottu kid, I used to runaway from my quota of greens. Now I think this is applicable with everyone. We hate our greens, and moms used to just beg around with us and when frustrated they just stuff them inside our mouths. My mom however preferred the latter, no begging and cajoling, just stuffing and me crying around for the next 15 mins.

Grown-up and now a responsible home-maker cum working woman, I do not walk away from greens and they have become a regular part of my grocery bag. Just see how time changes. These days when mom comes with me for grocery shopping, she just laughs out when I run towards fresh greens and I would be glaring at her saying the words "Unga mind voice kekudu ma" (I hear ur mind voice mom). The wholesome greeny truth is that consuming keerai aka greens on a regular basis is good for health. One which has sinked in only after I have become the lady of the house.

This stir fry is a simple one fit for kids as the ingredients added masks the flavor of the greens, the most hated by kids.

~*What U Need*~
Any kind of Palak / Keerai - 1 bunch

Shallots - 1/4 kg

Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

Urad dhal - 1 tbsp

Green chilli(Medium) - 2

Salt - to taste

Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Oil - 2 tbsps

How I Made it:

Peel the skin of the Pearl Onions and slice it thinly. Chop the palak finely. Heat Oil in a kadai. Add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Next add the curry leaves and the urad dhal. When the dhal has browned, add the green chillies and fry well. Add the shallots and saute till transparent. Add salt and mix well
Add the chopped leaves and saute well. The total quantity of the leaves will reduce to half. When the leaves have cooked, add the grated coconut and combine well. Cook in medium for 3 mins and then turn off the flame.

Serve with rice !!!

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Tasty and healthy stir fry.. I make this often.. goes well with sambar rice or curd rice..

  2. Love this any day ...healthy n delicious ...looks yum

  3. healthy delicious way to have spinach

  4. my type of curry ..i love it anytime..

  5. nice n healthy stir fry...looks delicious..:)

  6. So glad you learned to like your greens. That dish looks yum!

  7. i love greens and I'm missing the indian varieties badly in UK. this is a perfect stir fry.

  8. My kind of stir fry, can have it everyday..simply healthy..

  9. A very healthy and tasty stir-fry! I love it.

  10. Delicious stir fry...I like this along with rice and curd...yum..

  11. i was the same way as a kid, i didn't like greens. But growing up, I grew to like them. Funny huh?

  12. quick to make, healthy and delicious!

  13. Nice one Vimitha. Though am not a great fan of keerai, i have it once in a while for health reasond. Yumm...


  14. I and green veggies were poles apart...But Mom used to make me eat almost everything...This dish is healthy and simple

    Hamaree Rasoi

  15. i always love stir fry than kuttu...loved ur version luks delicious...

  16. I'm glad that I know an Indian food blogger, because I'm very unfamiliar about Indian cuisine. The fried rice sounds so delicious, lots of great flavours. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Looks yumm. I miss all those greens that we usually get in India. Here I have to survive with palak and methi.

  18. Isn't it funny how we don't like veggies when we are little ones and then how much we adore them as adults?
    Spinach stir fry look delicious and it is such a health dish!
    I have just posted a spinach salad, too ;-)

  19. Healthy stir fry...packed with nutrients....
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  20. i love palak stir fry to have with curd rice and pappad.. so healthy and colorful :)

  21. I have always loved greens n this stir fry looks so nice, just need some hot steamed rice n I am all set :)

  22. Love to have it with rice and ghee!

  23. so simple and delicious stir fry, very healthy..

  24. Amma tells the same to me whenever I mention that I cooked something with greens. Looks delicious n healthy Vimi!


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