Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Spinach Masiyal / Keerai Masiyal

I love eating greens/keerai in all forms, poriyal,sambar,n masiyal with dal n this recipe is without dal n very quick and easy too. I just love eating this keerai masiyal with rice n papad, so comfort n satisfying meal. This is my Mom's n Grand Mom's recipe, they use to make this masiyal with all types of greens/keerai. And also they use Homemade Thalippu Vadagam for tempering to this keerai masiyal, that really gives nice flavor n unique taste to the masiyal. But i don't have that in hand so did with usual tempering ingredients. I love adding more garlic to Keerai masiyal if u don't like you can skip or just add only 1 or 2 garlic cloves. The recipe as follows..

  1. Spinach   1 Bunch
  2. Garlic    5-6 fat cloves
  3. Sugar     a pinch
  4. Tamarind   1pea sized piece
  5. Salt   to taste
To Temper
  1. Oil   1-2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Urad dal   1/4 tsp
  4. Dry Red chili    3no.s(broken)
  5. Cumin Seeds   1/4 tsp
  6. Hing     a pinch
  7. Onion   1 small onion(sliced)
  • In a wide vessel or clay pot, add garlic, tamarind, chopped spinach,sprinkle sugar n very little water and cook covered for 4-5 minutes or until done.
  • Once spinach get cooked, drain the excess water in a small bowl, add enough salt and using Maththu to a fine coarse paste or simply allow to cool n blend it in a blender and transfer to bowl and add the drained water mix it keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a tempering pan, add mustard n cumin seeds allow it to pop and add urad dal n dry red chilies and saute till dal turns light golden brown.
  • And add onions and saute it for a minute n sprinkle hing and turn off the stove n n add the tempering to the Spinach Masiyal.
  • That's it Delicious Spinach Masiyal ready. Serve with hot rice n a dollop of ghee. We had with cocktail pepper papads n Plantain Podimas(posting soon).

Adding onions to the tempering is optional, but it gives nice crunchy taste to the masiyal.
If u don't have maththu simply use your blender.
You can also add 1/2 chopped tomato to the spinach n cook.


  1. One of my comforting food, makes me nostalgic..Love this healthy masiyal anytime.

  2. Love this.. Looks very tempting..

  3. Super comforting sangeetha... memories of childhood and my mom's cooking... love the clicks

  4. Lovely color..healthy preparation.Nice clicks :)

  5. looking very delicious and inviting :)

  6. This looks very yummy...It's healthy too...

  7. This is the best photo of keerai.

  8. Love that green color u got there, very tempting & easy, will definitely try


  9. yum yum, looks so good. Quick n perfect with rice :) Lovely clicks..

  10. Love this keerai masiyal with potato fry.... Yum !!!


  11. NOthing beats it like this masiyal. We too make it the same way and it is my favorite comfort food.

  12. lovely preparation.. one of my fav recipe..

  13. Healhy and delicious..lovely colour!

  14. Love keerai masiyal...Amazed at how the same recipe is prepared in so many different ways...like your version...my version slightly different

  15. looks irresistible and healthy masiyal... perfect with plain rice..

  16. this is a very new curry for me.. the green colour is too good
    Noel collections

  17. wow looks so flavorful... love the clicks!

  18. Looks very delicious and nice clicks.. Love it


  19. Love the vibrant color of the keerai. Love ur version

  20. looks delicious and tempting....nice color!

  21. That last pic is sooooo tempting. Never had spinach like this... will try it and I love garlicky flavour!

  22. Nice recipie...But a smalll suggestion based on what I've read in health magazines...it is recommended not to add tamarind while cooking any spinach /keerai ....Instead tomato can be used for sourness...


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