Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Keerai Masiyal / Mashed Spinach


2 bunches of spinach ( finely chopped )
1/2 cup water
Salt to taste
Small Onions 5
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 2 cloves
1 tsp oil
1 tbsp urad dal
2 dried red chillies, broken into pieces


1. Cook the Spinach leaves in 1/2 cup water for about 5-8 mins till its wilted. Be careful not to add too much water, since the leaves give out some while cooking.

2. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and temper the mustard seeds. Fry the urad dal, small onions and the garlic, if using, until both turn golden brown.

3. Add the red chillies, jeera powder and curry leaves and fry for another 15-20 seconds. Now add the spinach leaves and mix well.

4. Add salt and keep mashing till the leaves are coarse and blended with the rest of the curry.

It goes well with hot rice.

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