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KEERAI masiyal recipe

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Keerai Masiyal recipe

Keerai Masiyal is a nutritious side dish from Tamil Nadu made using greens. This dish is also known as Keerai Kadyal. This mildly spiced greens curry is so healthy , super easy and absolute tasty when served with Rice .

Some of the other Spinach recipes that you can check Palak Chutney , Palak Dal , Palak Paratha , Palak Pulao , Palak Soup etc

Though we all like variety of food eating in restaurants…end of the day if you ask anyone,nothing can beat simple home cooked food.Today’s post ” Keerai Masiyal” is one such comforting no fancy dish.

What is Keerai Masiyal ?

Keerai Masiyal .. literally translates to Keerai – Greens and Masiyal – mash . It’s a very traditional healthy dish made commonly across South Indian households.

Keerai masiyal can be prepared in many ways. With Dal , without dal , with coconut , with onion garlic etc. Here I am sharing a very easy way of making keerai masiyal with spinach. This is a no onion garlic recipe made with just few basic ingredients . One can use any type of amaranthus or spinach in this recipe.

Ingredients :

  • Spinach or any leafy greens – We can use regular Indian spinach, baby spinach or any leafy greens to make Keerai Masiyal .
  • Green Chilli – This dish is usually mild , hence just 3-4 green chillies for a mild spiciness.
  • Rice Flour – gives a nice thickness to the keerai masiyal .
  • Coconut Oil – We use just around 2-3 tsp oil for tempering and coconut oil enhances the taste .
  • Tempering – the regular mustard , cumin , urad dal , hing is used for tempering .

How to make Keerai Masiyal :

Clean the spinach from the bunch and wash it nicely in water 2-3 times. Remove all the dirt and mud. Chop the spinach leaves fine.

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Transfer the chopped spinach to a vessel . Add 1 cup water , slit green chilli and a pinch of sugar. Let it cook on medium flame for 5 mins .Adding sugar while cooking , maintains the green colour of the spinach.

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After few minutes the leaves will cook retaining the the color. Switch off. Separate the cooked spinach leaves and reserve the stock . Let the spinach cool a bit. By doing so , we can mash the spinach easily and nicely .

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Mash the cooked greens very well. You may use a food processor or hand blender or mixer to puree. But i don’t like too smooth puree in my masiyal , hence use kadugolu / manthu .. the one we use make butter. Food processor is also ok .

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Now to the retained stock , add rice flour and mix well such that no lumps are formed. Make sure that water is not hot , else lumps will form.

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Add this rice flour slurry to the mashed greens . Add salt too . Keep the greens back to flame and let it cook for 3-4 mins . You will notice that currys texture has improved and has thickened nicely.

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Now prepare a tempering . Heat a small kadai with coconut oil . Add Mustard , Jeera , urad dal to it . Let theu splutter . Add broken red chilli and a pinch of hing . Mix .

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Pour the tempering over masiyal . Switch off . Serve keerai masiyal hot with rice.

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Few Points to note while making Keerai Masiyal :

  • You can use any variety of spinach or amaranthus .
  • Don’t over cook spinach and also don’t cover & cook . This spoils the green color .
  • Also use a pinch of sugar while cooking greens . Keeps the color of the spinach intact.
  • Use Coconut oil only for best taste.
  • Don’t skip rice flour which is used as a thickening agent . In case , you don’t have rice flour , use 2 tbsp cooked moong dal.

Here comes the recipe for Keerai Masiyal .. do try and share your feedback .

KEERAI masiyal recipe

Keerai Masiyal

Smitha Kalluraya
Keerai masiyal recipe or Spinach masiyal without dal is a tasty simple South Indian curry made with Spinach .
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 People


  • 2 cup Spinach / Palak , chopped finely
  • 3-4 nos Green Chillies, slit
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Rice Flour
  • Salt to taste

To Temper

  • 2-3 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds / Jeera
  • 1 tsp Split Urad Dal
  • 1-2 nos Red Chilli, broken
  • small pinch Hing / Asafoetida


  • Clean the spinach nicely and chop them fine.
  • In a pan , add chopped spinach , slit green chilli , sugar and a cup of water.
  • cook in medium flame for 4-5 mins.
  • Separate the cooked spinach leaves and reserve the stock
  • With the help of the wooden whisk / Kadgolu / manthu, mash the keerai nicely.
  • Add rice flour to the reserved greens stock. Mix well to prepare a slurry.
  • Add the slurry to the mashed greens .Add salt . Boil for 3-4 mins.
  • Heat coconut oil and temper with mustard seeds, jeera seeds and urad dhal.Add broken red chilli and hing. Pour the tempering on the keerai masiyal.
  • Enjoy Keerai masiyal with hot rice.
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