November 19, 2010

South Indies: Keerai Masiyal/Mashed Spinach

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??

18 comments:

Radhika @ foodfor7stages said...

It definitely takes me to a different world. And absolutely love your pictures. They are so elegant and attractive.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

yummy.. i love keerai masiyal. i add 2 tsp of cooked dhal to add some thickness.

Jyoti said...

Lovely Picture! Never heard of such a thing.. I am quite a new bie in south indian delicacies..

Shabs.. said...

simple things are sometimes th ebest. I am asucker at spinach preparation and havent a clue where i went wrong....loved ur presentation...and that bowl...I noticed a similar bowl at ikea here in UK....i think i shud grab one now:)

Reshmi said...

wowww such an inviting dish n tempting click..cooool..

Kairali sisters said...

Ohw man the picture speaks about how great the masiyal would be..Awesome photography Deesha!

simply.food said...

simple yet tasty and healthy too.Nice click.

swapna said...

Beautiful click....healthy and yummy masiyal!!

Priya said...

Wat a beautiful click, healthy masiyal looks simply fabulous..

Laavanya said...

I love keerai masiyal and that is such a pretty picture... :)

Paaka Shaale said...

This such a simple and nourishing recipe. Thanks for posting :)

Kannada Cuisine said...

Super presentation! Love the simplicity of the dish :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Healthy and tasty dish, perfect with steamed rice

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

as usual snap is awesome Deesha...i loved that vessel... :)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

I too prepare this often,urs luks very tempting...

Hari Chandana said...

Wow.... beautiful presentation.. looks perfect dear !!

Nitha said...

Lovely click...

Vandana Rajesh said...

Lovely pic and gr8 color...healthy and full of taste is what your pic portrays.