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October 20, 2009

Keerai Kuzhambu / Spinach Gravy Recipe

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Hope u all celebrated diwali very well Smile I too had a nice time at my in-laws house..Coming to the dish ,
This is my mom’s signature dish.I love this kuzhambu a lot..Whenever i visit my mother’s place , she prepare this especially for me.With beetroot poriyal  and papad / Appalam , it tastes divine.Drooling

Ingredients :
  • Amaranthus tricolor/ Arai keerai – 1 bunch (1 kattu)
  • Toor dal – 1/4 cup
  • Tamarind – Medium gooseberry size
  • Hing / asafetida –  2 pinches
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Salt & water – As needed.
To grind:
  • Coconut – 1 finger size
  • Small onions – 2 nos
  • Jeera / cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
To temper:
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Small onions – 5-10 nos (chopped finely)
  • Red chilly – 3 nos
Method :
  • Clean & wash the leaves and chop it finely.
  • Cook the leaves with the required water and Set aside.
  • Pressure cook toor dal for 2 – 3 whistles until it becomes mushy.
  • Soak the tamarind in warm water for 15 mins and extract the juice from it.Grind all the items given under “To grind “ to make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  • Then heat a kadai and add the mustard seeds , red chilly , urad dal and small onions.
  • Add the tamarind extract , cooked spinach , hing , salt and required water.
  • Allow it to boil till the onion gets cooked.
  • Finally add the cooked toor dal  and the ground coconut paste.
  • Boil again for 5 mins and switch it off ..
  • Serve hot with rice and ghee !!
Papad and any poriyal/curry serves as the best accompaniment for this kuzhambu. My mom usually makes beetroot or carrot poriyal..

Keerai Kuzhambu



31 comments :

  1. Gosh! How much I miss this keerai, we dont get it here :(
    This version is new to me, have bookmarked it already to try it out during my India trip :)

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  2. my favourite kulambu....will like to have it daily

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  3. looks very healthy...must be very yummy with rice

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  4. சூப்பர் கீரை குழம்பு.எனக்கு இந்த கீரை கிடைக்காது.முளைக்கீரையில் செய்து பார்க்கிறேன்..

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  5. I love greens dear.......we do cook in the same way but we don't add coconut paste.....but, it sounds yummy so next time I will sure try this.

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  6. Grinding onions along with coconut for sambar is new to me, but I can already feel the great taste it brings :-)

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  7. Very healthy kuzhambu Chitra... loved to have them with hot rice... but missing them here

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  8. Happy Diwali to you too, Chitra! The kuzhambu looks awesome..i love pretty much anything made with keerai - masiyal, mulagootal, anything!!

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  9. Healthy and yummy gravy..Spinach is ma fav...

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  10. never tried keerai adding tamarind.Sounds yummy.Will try next time.

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  11. சூப்பர்ப்...நல்ல குறிப்பு.

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  12. Delicious and healthy kuzhambu..Thanks for trying chow chow kootu chitra...Am glad u liked it dear..

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  13. you are so lucky i love this veggie but I can't get them here, well, I will feel happy seeing at this in your blog at least!!, I do make them but I haven't tried the way you have done, may be I can try it some other keerai

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  14. I too love keerai kuzhambu,like this version too ! Will try next time :)

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  15. Keerai Kuzhambhu looks great. Very healthy recipe!

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  16. I love all keerais; your curry sounds delicious!

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  17. Looks lovely!But was expecting it to be on the greenish side after seeing Spinach gravy title:P

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    1. Yes shri , it looks green.but my picture shows it yellow;) Will update the picture soon :)

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  18. Refreshing keerai kootu Chitra, I too was taken aback by the colour:)

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  19. hi, thanks for visiting. u too hav a lovely blog :)
    i too make spinach gravy :)
    following you frm nw on :)

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  20. Keerai in any form is so good - both to eat and for the body. Nice recipe and the kootu looks good too.

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  21. Hi,as you said it would taste divine with papad.Healthy gravy.You have given lots of info,thanks for sharing it.

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  22. Delicious Kulambu with spinach. Gonna try this soon.

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  23. Hi chitra...u stay in bangalore right? then u can find canapes in nilgiris in brigade road...u can find that in cookies section..

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  24. Healthy and yummy one, looks delicious.

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  25. Thank u all frnds :)
    @ sushma , thanku.. I'll check it out :)

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