Aug 12, 2014

Keerai Thandu Poriyal Recipe / Red Thandu Keerai Poriyal Recipe / Spinach Stalk Poriyal Recipe

This dish is one of the super healthy food. You all know how good spinach is to your body. I have quite a few spinach recipes in my blog. Check it all here. I try to include spinach in my families diet atleast twice or thrice a week. If i find it difficult to make it for lunch, i atleast make this soup. But most of the time i make this kadayal. Because people in this house loves that.

How beautiful this spinach looks right. We buy this keerai thandu quite often, a old lady bring spinach daily to our street..Sometimes she carries this spinach. I never miss to get that from her. I make this keerai thandu purikari often with it. But couple days back, i decided to make poriyal with it. I also made vallarai keerai thogayal to go with it.. It was one healthy lunch.

What i love about the keerai is the bright red colour it has. So give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 15 to 20 mins
Serves : 3 to 4


Red Amaranth Leaves / Keerai Thandu - 4 cups chopped finely
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies - 2 cut into small pieces
Onions - 1 medium size chopped finely
Garlic - 4 to 5 cloves chopped finely
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Fresh Coconut - 1/2 cup grated


Heat oil in a kadai. Add in mustard, urad dal and chillies. Saute for a min.

Add in onions and garlic. Saute for a min.

Add in salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Saute for 30 sec.

Add in spinach leaves and toss well. they will wilt and shrink. Cook it for 8 to 10 mins. Stir inbetweeen.

Now add in grated coconut and toss well for another 5 mins.

Serve with rice.

I used a small bunch of red amaranth leaves

Chop them up, i chopped the stalks too

take them in a bowl
Now take your other ingredients

Heat oil in a kadai

Add in seasoning ingredients

fry them for a min

add in onions and garlic

saute for a min

add in salt, turmeric and chilli powder

saute for 30 sec

add in amaranth leaves

cook for few more minutes

they will shrink and gets cooked

add in grated coconut

stir fry for 5 mins



  1. nice recipe...but washing vegies after cutting is a bad will loose water soluable vitamins

  2. No Vennela, we are wrong. probably 10 years back this concept is ok, i.e. before cut any veggies should be washed not after. But due to usage of more chemicals in plantation wash it as much. Otherwise we consume more chemcials along with Veggies. This i suggest to everyone. Am I right Aarthi?

    Thanks Vasantha

  3. @Anonymousi think your point of view is right..

  4. This is a very well known recipe, but I appreciate your presentation with great photos. Excellent! Keep it up!


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