August 29, 2011

Keerai Masiyal

During my bachelorette days i used to prepare spinach and mushrooms every monday. I used to go shopping on sunday :) Long time since I prepared this masiyal (mash). This is a typical TamBram cuisine with less ingredients. Traditionally its prepared using amaranth leaves. But the one Im having today is a bit deviated. Im using spinach, onions and garlic.
Spinach - a bunch
Onion - 1/2 (optional)
Garlic - couple of cloves (optional)
Dhaniya Powder - 1 tsp (optional)
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Gram Dal - 1 tsp
Red Chili - 2
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and once it splutters, add urad dal, gram dal, red chili, asafoetida, chopped onions and garlic and saute.
Once the onions are golden brown add dhaniya powder and finely chopped spinach. Deglaze the pan with some water.
Close with a lid and allow to cook for 5-10  minutes. Check there's water enough for cooking.
Once the spinach has cooked and reduced, use a mortar and grind it coarsely. You can also use a mixer/blender.
Serve with rice.

Bon Appetit!!