My first gift from my MIL was an earthenware pot which she gave me when I visited them after my marriage. She had bought it from the sandhai (souks) and I thank her whenever I use it. I just ccall it as Keerai Chatti nad it came along with a big wooden mathu to make the mashing process quite easy. The inner side is embedded with very small smooth pebbles with rough sand in between. It not only mashes keerai but also to mash other veggies. Here goes the keerai masiyal I made with its help.
Amaranthus leaves (Mulai Keerai) – 1 bunch
Yellow split dal (Paasi Paruppu) – ¼ cup
Green chilli – 1 no
Ripe tomatoes – 2
Shallots – 10-15 nos
Whole red chilli – 3
Turmeriv powder – ½ tsp
Garlic pods – 5 -6 nos
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Whole coriander seeds – 1 tsp (optional)
Asafetida (Hing) – 2 pinch
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Clean and wash the amaranthus leaves. No need to chop the leaves. Soak the shallots in some water and peel the skin. Wash the dal well. In a cooker place the keerai along with the washed dal, shallots, chopped tomatoes, green chilli. Garlic, Turmeric powder and salt. Pour water till they are covered. Cook for two whistles and open after letting the steam out.
Transfer it to the keerai chatti. In a kadai heat the oil. Add cumin seeds, asafetida and wait till it splutters now add the whole red chiilies, and the coriander seeds and fry till the coriander turns to a dark brown color. Transfer it to the keerai and mash it well with the mathu or any wooden ladle while it is still hot. Adjust the salt.
Keerai masiyal is ready and it tastes absolutely great with Vatha Kulambu and Mor kulambu. You can also use siru keerai or arai keerai instead of mulai keerai for this dish.
Labels: Greens, Lunch Box Recipes, Side Dishes - Rice, South Indian Lunch