Friday, January 18, 2013

Sirukeerai masiyal ~ Siru keerai recipe

We love to have keerai at home. even my son, will eat, though i have to tell him, how good is it. that's how i was trained to eat my greens by my grand father. he used to be very informative on dining table, telling me, ponnanganni is good for your eye-sight, sirukeerai is good for your kidney, etc.


We went to kanchipuram for a day trip and on a nearby village we found farmers market, which we call as sandhai in tamil. we just stopped the car and bought few greens and vegetables, which were so fresh and cheap! its a new experience for me and my son!

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Sirukeerai Masiyal Recipe

Prep Time15 mins 
Cooking Time: 15 mins  
Recipe CuisineIndian
Recipe TypeGreens



Sirukeerai - 1 bunch
Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Small onions - 8 (finely chopped)
Garlic - 2 (crushed)
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Split urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Cumin - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Dry red chilli - 2


Pluck the sirukeerai from the bunch, put them in a strainer and wash the greens atleast thrice to remove the sand and dust.

Wash the moong dal and cook the dal in 2 cups of water with a pinch of turmeric. it takes atleast 10-15 mins to get cooked.

While the dal is getting cooked, in a small pan, heat oil, add mustard, and let it splutter, add urad dal, dry red chilli, cumin and hing. roast them for few seconds and add crushed garlic and finely chopped small onions. saute till it turns translucent.

Once the dal is cooked, add the sirukeerai to the dal and cook the keerai, it takes almost 5 minutes. add little water, if needed to cook the keerai. once the keerai is cooked, add the tempering and sauted onions and garlic to the keerai and dal.

Add salt to taste and mix well. now you can either use your blender and blend them all together or use your mathu and mash the greens. its the more traditional way and this gives the tastier keerai masiyal.



Use less amount of moong dal, it makes the masiyal taste good. also cook the dal on a open pan rather in pressure cooker.

Sirukeerai is good for kidney. intake of this greens considerable increases the urine output.

Sirukeerai masiyal can be given for pregnant mom's.


  1. Its really yumm.Miss greens a lot.

  2. So healthy and so delicious!!!
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  3. Sirukeerai,its been a long i had this healthy keerai masiyal..


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