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Aug 21, 2013

Callaloo Stir Fry / Amaranth Stir Fry / Mulai Keerai Poriyal

After a way long time i find this Amaranth Leaves / Mulai Keerai in the local Grocery store, like Indian here we do not get varieties of Greens only spinach. And in Indian Grocery store can get Methi leaves and rarely Drumstick leaves & Sorrel Leaves. During our this month's visit to Chicago's Devon street shopping i am happy to saw this Amaranth leaves in one shop in the name of Callaloo. I have no idea on the name but the leaves look like that of Amaranth leaves/Mulai Keerai. So i searched on web for Callaloo and finally happy to know that its same Amaranth leaves with different name. Soon i picked a bunch of it since i love Mulai keerai poriyal and masiyal a lot. After coming home next day made this poriyal and loved it so much. Wanted to try Keerai Masiyal with it soon.
Callaloo Stir fry is one such quick and healthy stir fry which can be served with plain rice or as a side dish with variety rice, sambar sadham, rasam n rice. I served with Rice & Tomattilo Dal, that was a delicious & filling combo.

  1. Callaloo/Amaranth/Mulai Keerai    1 bunch (washed and chopped finely)
  2. Onion     1 medium (finely chopped)
  3. Shredded coconut    1 tbsp(optional)
  4. Garlic    3 big cloves (chopped)
  5. Dry red chillies    1-2 no. (broken)
  6. Mustard seeds     1/2 tsp
  7. Chana dal     2 tsp
  8. Thoor dal/Tuvar Dal    1/4 cup(cooked but not mushy)
  9. Turmeric powder   a small pinch
  10. Salt      as needed
  11. Oil     2 tsp


  • Pick the leaves from the stalks and set aside. I used the tender stalks also.Then chop finely and wash thoroughly and drain excess water using colander and keep aside.
  • Cook thoor dal with turmeric powder but not mushy tender n cooked dal is enough.

  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds allow to splutter .
  • And add chana dal fry till golden brown, then add the dry chillies and chopped onions & garlic.
  • Fry the onion for a minute and add the chopped callaloo.

  • Add a pinch of turmeric powder n stir well then close it with a lid a for a minute and no need to add water.
  • After a minute, open the lid and give a gentle stir and cook for another minute without closing the lid.

  • Then add the cooked thoor dal, shredded coconut and enough salt and stir gently.
  • That's it..Callaloo stir fry ready. 

Adding cooked dal makes stir fry even more healthy n tasty. But its purely optional.
Instead of cooked tuvar dal you can also use moong dal.
The same way instead of amaranth you can make Spinach stir fry or with any greens, Drumstick leaves stir fry but drumstick leaves need little extra time to cook.


  1. Omg, am in love with the last pic, wat a comforting,healthy and super filling lunch..I love amaranth stir fry very much, love the addition of dals here.

  2. wow so so healthy and delicious looking stir fry :) love to have these as side for sambhar rice :)

  3. healthy stir the last pic...

  4. Loved the last pic. Filling and healthy stir fry

  5. we hardly find this here. ahve heard so much about its goodness.. such a nutritious meal at home today :)

  6. One healthy and super delicious keerai poriyal, simply delicious....

  7. Healthy and delicious stir fry.. My mom prepares the stir fry the same way except for the addition of Toor dhall.. By the way,that is a healthy and delicious spread of dishes..

  8. love the last click explaining each and everything...this is so healthy the way you have made dear

  9. healthy stir fry.. Love your complete meal..

  10. can i grab last pic(plate)??..simply simple luking but yummy..n very healthy stir fry vch is good for eyes.

  11. delicious n healthy stir fry sangee

  12. wow such a healthy spread of tempting meal... too good to see...

  13. i love the platter with healthy food...lovely presentation...

  14. like this version sangee.. have never tried dry version with toor dal..

  15. :) Healthy platter.. Just wanna have them right away.. Stir fry looks really delicious sangeetha.. :) M glad to take my own name here ;)

  16. I've never tasted Maranth leaves before. Looks almost like spinach when cooked. Though not a fan I eat all green leafy dishes :-D and yours looks fab!

  17. I love all kinds of green leaves.. I'm going to try this...

  18. Hearing the name callaloo for the first time..Healthy stir fry..and the lunch platter sure looks tempting

  19. lovely colored saag,so healthy and delicious with some steamy rice :-)

  20. Love this yummy stir fry.. That platter looks fab & very inviting :)

  21. Lovely poriyal.. We love it a lot..

  22. Hi Sangeetha, just popped over to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series on Carole's Chatter today. Cheers

  23. Healthy stir fry, and the lunch platter looks delicious and inviting.

  24. One healthy stir fry my favorite keerai recipe :)


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