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Keerai Masiyal

Keerai Masiyal also called Keerai Kadayal is another type of spinach curry and this time only the method of preparation vary. Personally, I am a huge fan of this dish and it is so comforting. It can be served with steamed or cooked rice and a spicy side such as potato fry or colocasia fry or plantain fry.  It’s so simple and awesome. Try this dish and let me know how it turns out.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

No. of servings: 6 

Spice level: 3 out of 5


  • Spinach – 1/2 lb or 225 gram
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Garlic pods – 4
  • Pearl onions or small onions – 7 to 8 (peeled and cut into halves)
  • One big tomato
  • Green chilies – 4
  • Toor dal – 1 cup (can substitute with moong dal)
  • Turmeric powder – 3/4 tsp

For tempering:

  • Oil – 1tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Dry red chilies – 2
  • A few curry leaves
  • A pinch of asafoetida
Method of Preparation:
  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds, garlic, pearl onions and saute for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and a little salt and saute for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Wash and add toor dal and 2 and 1/2 cups of water and cook pressure cook for 3 whistles or until toor dal is mashed along with other ingredients. Do not over cook.
  4. Heat 1/2 cup of water in a sauce pan and add chopped spinach, little salt and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder and cook until tender.
  5. Remove from heat and add it to cooked dal mixture and mash with a wooden churner used for churning buttermilk (called more mathu in Tamil).
  6. Heat the mixture over medium heat until everything comes together for about 2 to3 minutes.
  7. On the other side heat some oil for tempering and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add the other ingredients and fry till urad dal is golden brown.
  8. Add this to the Keerai masiyal and mix well. Serve hot with cooked rice.
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  1. Healthy recipe and looks very nice. If I am not wrong this is called as keerai kootu right?

    • Thanks Kavitha. This is called keerai masiyal or kadayal because it is mashed with a wooden churner (called matthu in tamil) until smooth.

  2. Looks so inviting, love that nice green color..

  3. yummy.. mouth watering.. it is just as my mom prepares.. i think same method holds for drumstick leaves as well.. gonna try out now..

  4. Went through all the spinach receipes. Simplly healty and delicious.

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