Coimbatore Style Kadaintha Keerai / Keerai Kadayal / Mashed Greens Recipe

Spinach Curry Keerai Kadayal Keerai Masiyal Recipe #Coimbatore #greens #spinach #lunch #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

This is my moms Keerai recipe and has just 5 ingredients. Its the easiest to do and the most tastiest. The onions give the Keerai a nice richness.  My mom used to make this almost twice or even thrice every week when we were young. Arakeerai, Siru Keerai or even Palak works well for this recipe. Keerai, rice and a dollop of ghee will make your everyday lunch special. My son loves it too. We call it as Kadaintha Keerai / Kadanja Keerai in Coimbatore.

Clean the greens and remove the hard stems. If you are using palak, you can use the stems too.  Soak the greens in lots of water for 15 minutes to get rid off the sand, dirt and pesticide residue if any. Then wash it well changing the water twice. Remove the greens from the water and set aside.

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We will be using 3 onions and 10 cloves of garlic for this recipe . Believe me, its not a lot of garlic and onions. Onions and garlic combined with spinach gives the dish amazing taste. It also makes the dish so smooth and rich. Heat oil in the pan and add in the onions, garlic, green chillies and the salt. Fry till the onions are soft and starting to brown. About 4-5 minutes on medium flame. Add in the washed and cleaned greens and fry on low flame for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it to cool.

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Grind the mixture in a mixie / blender without adding any water to a fine paste.

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Serve hot with steaming rice and ghee.

Spinach Curry Keerai Kadayal Keerai Masiyal Recipe #Coimbatore #greens #spinach #lunch #healthy #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

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Spinach Curry Keerai Kadayal Keerai Masiyal Recipe #Coimbatore #greens #spinach #lunch #healthy #vegan #glutenfree

Kadaintha Keerai Mashed Greens Recipe

Recipe for Keerai Kadayal / Masiyal. Easy with 5 ingredients only. My moms Coimbatore style mashed spinach recipe.

  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 teaspoon sesame (gingely) oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 10 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 Onions, roughly chopped
  • 250 grams Keerai, Spinach

Instructions

  1. Clean the greens and remove the hard stems. Soak the greens in lots of water for 15 minutes to get rid off the sand, dirt and pesticide residue if any. Then wash it well changing the water twice. Remove the greens from the water and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in the pan and add in the onions, garlic, green Chillies and the salt. Fry till the onions are soft and starting to brown. About 4-5 minutes on medium flame. Add in the washed and cleaned greens and fry on low flame for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it to cool.
  3. Grind the mixture in a mixie / blender without adding any water to a fine paste.
  4. Serve hot with steaming rice and ghee.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu

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40 thoughts on “Coimbatore Style Kadaintha Keerai / Keerai Kadayal / Mashed Greens Recipe”

  1. Wow.. it tasted super yummy and my baby loved it a lot.. thank you for this wonderful recipe






  2. Even my mom used to cook the same in my childhood …… It’s a great dish with rice ….. Never ever try this with Vendhaya keerai I had horrible experience cooking with that ….. It was so bitter






  3. I tried the kerai masiyal with only 5 ingredients and it tasted Yummy! For the first time my 2 year old son kept asking for more rice. This is definitely going to be my frequent dish






  4. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Tried it tonight and it’s a winner. Do you know if this will taste good with collard greens instead of spinach? Thanks

  5. This was so simple and surprisingly delicious. I have been looking for ways to cook and eat green leafy vegetables and this is a winner ! It was so creamy and delicious. I am blown away by what a combination of humble onion, garlic and chilli can do. : ) Thank you.






  6. Rekha Madhavan

    One of the easiest and tastiest way to eat greens… I have nearly 5-6 times.. my fast go to recipe is this… Just this masiyal and egg curry and lunch s done !!! .. as my husband s from Coimbatore he really loved this type !!!






  7. This is one staple dish with which I grew up. My grandmother uses a clay pot and ladle to mash it up and the coconut oil tempering adds to the taste. Love this ?

  8. Coimbathurkaran

    I think one key ingredient that I found over years which makes this so much different is to use coconut oil instead of the regular oil.

  9. I tried with mulai keerai, kalavai keerais it worked nicely. Really mouth watering recipe which is healthy too. Nowadays interesting to cook greens very often because of this recipe mam. Thank you so much mam






  10. Sindhu Anantha

    Hey Suguna, a simple recipe but awesome taste. My nine year old loved it with plain rice and ghee. we relished it!






  11. Tried this for lunch. Absolutely delicious and humble. Even my 2 year old ate well.
    I always travel back to fond memories when i read your recipes since i belong to CBE as well and could very much relate to our food style.
    Thanks and keep writing!

  12. Suguna, this blew our minds. This recipe is very deceptively simple, but I sensed there was a winner here.
    Made it today and I can’t tell you how fabulous it was! You know what, I added extra chillies and now plan to use the left over as chutney with my dinner sandwiches.

    The garlic and sesame oil did the magic… Thanks!






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