Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Keerai Masiyal (Version 2) / Spinach Masiyal

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

If you are bored of cooking greens with dal, this recipe is an easy one without adding dal. My mom used to make Keerai Kadayal with Mulai Keerai by adding just chillies and garlic. For Spinach Masiyal, adding onions and tomatoes gives more taste. I got this recipe from my cousin and she said this recipe will be good for Arai Keerai and Siru Keerai too :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings:2 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions – 1/3 cup (chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (chopped) Green Chillies – 2 (adjust according to spice level) Garlic – 2 cloves Spinach – 2 cups (tightly packed) Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Time of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the onions and fry till they become soft....

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Keerai Milagootal

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Kootu/lentil Stew | 4 comments

Keerai Milagootal is a Palakad dish made from greens and toor dal. You can use spinach, amaranth leaves or otheYou can serve this with rice or roti.  It is easy to make and a healthy dish with lots of protein and other nutrients. My mother in law is here and I am learning a lot of Palakad (Kerala) dishes from her. I really like the simple and flavorful dishes that she cooks. Keep posted for more traditional and tasty dishes… Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Spinach – 250 gram Urad dal – 1 tsp Dried red chilies – 2 Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Shredded coconut – 3 tbsp Toor dal – 1/2 cup Oil – 2 tsp Mustard seeds and urad dal – 1 tsp each Method of...

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Spanakopita / Greek Spinach Pie (Step by Step Procedure)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Appetizers, Baking, Multi Cuisine, Snacks | 4 comments

Spanakopita is Greek Savory Pastry. The filling is made of Spinach, Feta cheese, onions, green onions and seasonings. The filling is wrapped in Phyllo pastry with butter and olive oil. Once I had the frozen Spankopita in Sams Club. From then I wanted to try this and here goes the recipe for this simple starter.. Time of Preparation : 1 hour No of Servings : 10 to 14 pieces Ingredients: Spinach – 2 bunches / 8 cups approximately Feta cheese – 8 oz (crumbled) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Green onions – 1 bunch (finely chopped) Garlic – 3 cloves (finely chopped) Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup Parsley (dried) – 1 tsp Pepper (freshly ground) – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste (need only little as feta cheese already salt) Butter – 1/4 cup Olive oil – 1/4...

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Stuffed Bread

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Breads | 3 comments

First I thought of making regular sandwich bread. Then I wanted to have something little spicy. I got the idea of making this stuffed bread with Indian touch. I gave this to all my friends for tasting and everyone loved it. You can try this recipe with Nithu’s White Bread Recipe too. Time of Preparation : 2 hours 10 minutes Spice Level : 2 Yield : 1 large loaf Ingredients: For Bread: Bread Flour – 3 cups Warm water (110 F) – 1 cup Active dry yeast – 1 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 tsp Sugar – 2 tbsp Oil – 1/4 cup For Stuffing: Potato – 1 Carrot – 1 Beans – 12 Paneer – 1/4 cup (grated) Spinach – 1/4 cup(chopped) Onion – 1/2 (finely chopped) Green chillies – 4 Garlic – 4 cloves (finely chopped) Red...

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Palak Paratha

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in North Indian recipes, Indian Breads/Roti | 0 comments

Palak Paratha is an easy way to give spinach to the kids. We can make this paratha either by stuffing the spinach like how I did for Methi Paratha or we can just mix the spinach to the dough. I did the Spinach Paratha by mixing it to the dough. Here is the recipe for delicious Green Parathas :). Time of Preparation : 40 minutes Resting Time : 2 hours No of Parathas : 9 Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Wheat Flour – 1 1/2 cups Spinach / Palak – 1 cup Garlic – 3 cloves Green chillies – 2 Sambar Powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 1/4 tsp Yogurt – 1/2 cup Oil – as needed Method of Preparation: Grind the spinach, garlic and green chillies in...

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Mulai Keerai (Thotakura) Kootu – Amaranth Greens and Lentils Curry

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Kootu/lentil Stew | 0 comments

Amaranth greens, a nutritious leafy vegetable is popular in Indian cuisine. They are a good source of vitamin A and C, folate, thiamine, niacin and other dietary minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese. It is called mulai keerai in Tamil, thotakura in Telugu. In this dish, I have cooked Amaranth leaves in a spicy lentil curry. This can be served with steamed rice or roti (Indian bread). Ingredients: A bunch of amaranth leaves (about 3 to 4 cups tightly packed) Shallots (small red onions) – 10 (peeled and cut into small pieces) Ginger – 1″ piece Moong dal – 1/3 cup Toor dal – 3 tbsp Garlic pods – 2 One medium size tomato Green chili – 1 Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp A pinch of asafoetida Salt to taste Oil – 1 tsp For Masala: Oil...

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Paruppu Keerai – Dal Spinach

Posted by on Mar 12, 2008 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 11 comments

Dal spinach is a simple but healthy South Indian dish which can be taken along with rice/chappathy. It is good for health and children will like them. Ingredients: Spinach – 3 cups Toor dal – 1/2 cup Red chillies – 4 Urad dal – 1 tsp Channa dal – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Oil – 2 tsp Salt to taste Method of preparation: Pressure cook dal Boil water and add spinach to it, remove from heat and keep it aside for 2 to 3 mins. You can see the spinach cooked Drain water from the spinach Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds Once they splutter, add cumin seeds, urad dal and channa dal Fry them till they become golden brown Now add the red chillies Add the spinach...

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Keerai Poricha Kuzhambu

Posted by on Nov 27, 2007 in Veggie Entrees & Sides | 0 comments

Ingredients: Chopped spinach or frozen spinach – 1/2 lb Toor dal or Split pigeon peas – 1/2 cup Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Coconut – 3 tbsp Dry red chillies – 4 Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Channa dal – 1 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Oil – 1 tsp For seasoning: Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp Few curry leaves Dry red chili – 1 Oil – 1 tsp Method: Cook toor dal with one and half cup of water in a pressure cooker or in a sauce pan. Toor dal has to be mashed. Add spinach to boiling water along with turmeric powder and let it cook for 8 minutes mins. In between, heat oil and add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, channa dal, red chillies and...

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