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Amaranth leaves stir fry – Mulai Keerai Poriyal


If you are looking for a new leafy green to shake up your spinach routine, try Amaranth greens. It is a terrific source of vitamin A, folate, iron, and calcium, and it tastes pleasantly earthy, available all year long in most Asian markets and Indian grocery stores. There are three common types of . . . → Read More: Amaranth leaves stir fry – Mulai Keerai Poriyal

Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip


I love spinach and artichoke dip, especially served warm with tortilla chips or crusty bread. Its a crowd- pleaser and a go-to appetizer for large gatherings as you you can make this ahead of time and bake it just before serving. My version is slightly different from the usual, I use the white sauce . . . → Read More: Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach Pakora


Crispy and crunchy mouthwatering snack made with fresh spinach leaves. 

Palak Pakora / Palak Bhajji / Spinach Pakora / Crispy Pakora / Pakoda / Keerai / Spinach Chat / Papdi





Ingredients 40 leaves Fresh Spinach leaves 1 cup Gram flour / Besan 2 tbsp Corn starch (White corn flour) 1/2 . . . → Read More: Spinach Pakora

Collard Greens Poriyal


Do you crave for more green leafy vegetables and in the lookout for some new varieties to try?  Then, this recipe is for you!!  Have you tried Collard greens lately??   Never expect any Oohs and aahs,  they are definitely bitter with distinctive taste and tough texture, similar to Drumbstick leaves.  If you can . . . → Read More: Collard Greens Poriyal

Murungai Keerai Poriyal

Few days back, I got lucky to find drumstick leaves at Patel Bros and they were surprisingly fresh. I couldn't resist my hands grabbing a few stalks… here we are not talking bunches as they are extremely expensive. So picked about 6 long stalks which should be sufficient to feed 3 adults. I remember the moment I left the store, after that, my mind was filled with thoughts as to how to prepare these healthy greens. My top pick was preparing it as poriyal which we serve with rice. This keerai is a familiar side for Kezhvaragu Koozh.

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Kothamalli Thokku

Adyar grand sweets is one of the favorite spots which we never miss during our visit to India. We usually buy a lot of sweets, savories and pickles/thokkus, pack them for our return trip. This malli thokku is similar to the ones which we get there, a great side for almost anything. One down side though- 2 bunches for coriander will yield only about a 200 grams of thokku which is about 3/4 of a regular pickle bottle. This thokku has longer shelf life, if kept at room temperature will last for about 2 weeks and for about 1 month when refrigerated. . . . → Read More: Kothamalli Thokku

Eral Keerai Poriyal (இறால் கீரை பொரியல்)

இறால் கீரை பொரியல் ~~~ Sauteed Greens with Shrimp / Prawns.

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Mulai keerai Paruppu

Amaranth greens also known as Chinese spinach is a kind of leafy vegetable which is very popular in India, is great source of vitamins and minerals. There are quite a lot of varieties under this family… some also come with reddish tinge on leaves. This particular variety shown in picture is called "Mulai Keerai" "முளைக் கீரை" in Tamil was available in big bunches at my local Indian store, surprisingly very fresh. There you go…. ta-da.. . . . → Read More: Mulai keerai Paruppu


  • Spinach :1 pkt
  • moon dhal or thuvar dhal:1 cup
  • coconut 1/4cup
  • jeera:1tsp
  • black gram (urud dhal);1tblspn
  • redchilli:3nos(2 for grinding & 1 for tempering
  • turmeric powder:1 pinch
  • salt 1 tsp
  • Mus . . . → Read More: KEERA MOLAKOOTTAL

Methi Dal

Unlike the normal sambhar, this one tastes different and is loaded with iron and proteins….

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