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Keerai masiyal and keerai poriyal

by Jeyashri suresh

This time i am going to share two ways of making keerai,(spinach/greens) one is a semi gravy method and the another is a dry curry one.Last week when a bought 3 bunches of keerai from the Indian shop near my place, i wanted to cook all of them as it was so fresh.
I bought the mullai keerai .(the one with the stem). For those in Singapore, we get Round spinach in fair price here, you can use that for this keerai masiyal.  My mom makes this masiyal in a traditional stone pot(Kal chatti).
Here comes the recipe for KEERAI MASIYAL. Check out my keerai kootu recipe  and keerai veppudu too.

Keerai masiyal

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 Mins |Serves: 2

     Keerai | spinach   1 bunch
     Coconut scrapped   2 tblsp
     Cumin seed | jeeragam  1/2 tsp
     Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
     Salt   as needed
     Sugar   1/4 tsp (optional)
     Asafoetida   2 pinches
     Urad dal  1/4 tsp
     Coconut oil   1/2 tsp 
     Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp


  • Chop the spinach very finely and wash it thoroughly in water for 3-4 times.
  • In a kadai put the chopped spinach and add the turmeric powder,salt ,sugar and turmeric powder.
  • Addition of sugar is to retain the colour of the keerai.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water and cook in medium flame for 4-5 mins.
  • With the help of the wooden whisk (மத்து) mash the keerai in between.


  • Grind the coconut along with the cumin seeds into a smooth paste.
  • Add it to the cooked spinach.


  • Mix well and transfer it to a serving bowl.
  • Heat coconut oil and temper with mustard seeds and urad dhal.
  • Sprinkle on the top of the keerai masiyal and serve warm with plain rice.

Keerai masiyal

  1. If you want this little spicy you can always add 1-2 redchilli along with the coconut and cumin seed.
  2. Alternatively you can temper with 2 broken chillis also.
  3. Do not over cook the keerai and do not close it with a lid while cooking.

I didn’t take step wise pictures for this recipe. Will update it when i am making this next time.

Keerai poriyal

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 Mins |Serves: 3-4

     Keerai | spinach   2 bunches
     Onion   1
     coconut  3 tblsp
     Oil   1 tsp
     Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
     Urad dal  1/4 tsp
     Red chili   2
     Salt  as needed  


keerai poriyal

  • Chop the keerai finely and wash it thoroughly 3-4 times in water.
  • Chop the onions finely.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add the mustard seeds ,urad dal and redchilli.
  • When it starts spluttering add the finely chopped onion and saute for few minutes.
  • When it turns pink add the chopped keerai and add salt.
  • Mix well and cook it for 5 mins.
  • Do not over cook.
  • Finally add the coconut and mix well.
  • Serve hot with any gravy of your choice.

keerai poriyal

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Sharmilee! :) March 10, 2011 - 1:35 pm

Loved both the version though not a fan of greens...Sure a healthy one. Luved the bowl in which keerai masaiyal is served

Priti March 10, 2011 - 1:38 pm

Loved both the version ...shall try it ...and nice pics dear...looks cool

Premalatha Aravindhan March 10, 2011 - 1:54 pm

Both versions are very nice,love the clicks...

RAKS KITCHEN March 10, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Keerai masiyal is very new version to me,have to try out some time,both clicks are very nice! Dankies for the links 😉

Rekha shoban March 10, 2011 - 2:13 pm

healthy poriyal n masiyal....nice click jeya!

Reshmi Mahesh March 10, 2011 - 2:24 pm

I do the poriyal...but masiyal is new to me....Both look great..


divya March 10, 2011 - 2:55 pm

That looks fantastic, yum yum

Harika's Kitchen March 10, 2011 - 3:10 pm

Very healthy dish. Perfect with hot rice with a touch of ghee.....

Kalpana Sareesh March 10, 2011 - 3:17 pm

Simple n perfect clicks!! more than masiyal its poriyal for meee..

Krithi's Kitchen March 10, 2011 - 3:20 pm

I also get addicted to greens so that I would be so attracted to them in the market and want to cook it fresh.. Both the masiyal and poriyal looks so comforting... Miss the maththu 🙁


Sushma Mallya March 10, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Looks so nice Jaishree and very healthy too will try out this way next time and tell u how it turned out:)

Tina March 10, 2011 - 4:35 pm

nice clicks dear...bookmarking this.....

Hamaree Rasoi March 10, 2011 - 5:01 pm

Very easy to prepare and healthy poriyal and masiyal dear.

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Sonali Pradhan March 10, 2011 - 6:43 pm

first time here... absolutely loved your space.....your presentations are soooo good.....just loved it !happy to follow your blog


Plateful March 10, 2011 - 6:55 pm

That's one nutritious and delicious stir-fry! Loved the addition of urad dal to this recipe-we usually make it without lentil.

SravsCulinaryConcepts March 10, 2011 - 7:43 pm

Very healthy and delicious !!!

Priya March 10, 2011 - 8:55 pm

Healthy masiyal and delicious poriyal,both together looks fabulous,can have it anytime..

Panchpakwan March 10, 2011 - 9:11 pm

Healthy poriyal..masiyal is new to me but looks delicious..

Aruna Manikandan March 10, 2011 - 10:23 pm

both dishes looks healthy and delicious dear...
lovely clicks 🙂

kothiyavunu.com March 11, 2011 - 4:04 am

One of my all time fav...That looks so tempting..slurp!!love both version..

Krithi's Kitchen March 11, 2011 - 4:46 am

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Prathibha March 11, 2011 - 5:14 am

Never made that masiyal...that poriyal I make very regularly..looks really yumm

priya March 11, 2011 - 6:12 am

yum yum....my hubby's favourite

PriyaVaasu March 11, 2011 - 6:14 am

Delicious Keerai Recipes!!!! Love the masiyal click!!!appadiye sapidanum pola iruku!!!!

Lena Rashmin Raj March 11, 2011 - 7:36 am

last snap is really great.. you could have upload it first.. a very healthy recipe 🙂

vidhas March 11, 2011 - 11:49 am

i love both masiyal and poriyal. perfect with vathakuzhambhu

aipi March 11, 2011 - 1:52 pm

I love spinach very much n glad to find such wonderful new ways to make them..Thanks for sharing dear 🙂

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அப்பாவி தங்கமணி March 11, 2011 - 3:09 pm

Keerai is my altime favourite...:)

Mahi March 11, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Both masiyal and porial looks yummy! I make masiyal in a different way!

One small suggestion jeyashri,/Chop the spinach very finely and wash it thoroughly in water for 3-4 times/ keerai-yai wash pannittu chop pannungka.I read that somewhere,if you wash it after chopping,some of the nutrients will get lost!

SpicyTasty March 11, 2011 - 7:10 pm

Keera masiyal and poriyal looks so inviting. Love to eat anything made of keerai.

momsnetwork April 20, 2011 - 5:44 am

Simple and delicious poriyal.. looks gr8!!
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Concerned May 18, 2013 - 2:55 am

I love your dishes but PLEASE DON'T wash the chopped vegetable. You are washing away all the health giving vitamins and nutrients. Wash as much as you need before chopping. Please.

Mahalakshmi Maruthi December 9, 2014 - 10:12 am

I do poriyal this way,masiyal is very new.

Hema B October 13, 2016 - 1:30 pm

For us traditionally masiyal means without coconut. Tempering done with mustard, methi seeds, red chilli and 1/4 tsp rice.


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