South Indies: Keerai Masiyal/Mashed Spinach

Friday, November 19, 2010

Keerai Masiyal is a typical Tambrahm dish & this probably is the purest form in which spinach can be eaten. I love dishes that bring out the flavor of the main ingredient. That's where this one stands out.

Its just mashed spinach & some mild seasoning. It really can't get better than this, can it? It just took me 10 mins to make this one. I ate this with steamed Rice & Rasam &  I went into a different world.

Keerai Masiyal

You Will Need:
  • 2 cups spinach - washed & chopped
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 red chillies - broken
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tsp cooking oil
How To:
  • Cook spinach in water with some salt & turmeric added to it. Cook till spinach is fully cooked.
  • Mash the spinach leaves with the help of a vegetable masher ( I used a Pav Bhaji Masher ) into a fairly coarse texture.
  • Temper with mustard seefds, red chillies & Urad dal.
  • Pour over mashed spinach & mix well
Serve with HOT steamed rice .. Enjoi !!!

A few of them add a tbsp of rice flour & cook it with mashed spinach. I guess this is to thicken the gravy. I didn't feel the need to use it.

I had some leftover Keerai Masiyal for dinner & I ate it with Phulkas & it tasted great :) Who says, you can serve it only with rice??

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