Thursday, December 27, 2012

Keerai Poriyal-Greens Stir Fry-South Indian Keerai Curry Recipe

Keerai occupies an important place in our diet. This poriyal is a very tasty and healthy side dish for rasam and sambar rice.Though I have used Arai Keerai for preparing this poriyal, you can use any greens available in your locality and prepare this following the same method.Today we will learn how to prepare Arai Keerai Poriyal following this easy South Indian style recipe.

Keerai Poriyal

Arai Keerai Poriyal

Prep time - under 10 mins
Cook time - Under 20 mins
Serves - 3

Ingredients needed 

Arai Keerai - 1 bunch or 3 cups tightly packed (you can use any greens)
Pearl onions/ small onions - 1/4 cup
Garlic cloves- 4 (optional)
Grated Coconut - 2 1/2 tbsp

For the seasoning 

Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Split urad dal - 3/4 tsp
Red Chilli - 3 (broken into 2 pieces)


Clean and wash greens well. Chop it finely and keep it aside.

Chop pearl onions and garlic finely (you can use big onion also but using small onions gives more taste to the poriyal)


Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal and red chillies.

Saute for a few seconds, add finely chopped onions and garlic.

Saute till onions turn transparent. Add the chopped greens and stir well.

Keep the flames low and cook covered. Add salt after the greens wilt.

Stir in between and sprinkle water only if required.

Once the greens are cooked, add grated coconut and mix well. Switch off the flame and serve hot with rasam or sambar rice. This poriyal can also be had mixed with rice topped with a tsp of ghee.


If you like jeera flavour, crush 1/2 tsp jeera seeds along with grated coconut and mix it with the greens before switching off the flame.

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  1. Very healthy and yummy stir fry.

  2. Healthy & hearty poriyal!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. a very healthy and delicious dish to try...
    Wish you and all your loved ones a Very Happy and delicious New Year 2013!:)

  4. Please tell me whether we can put the flowers in keerai to cook or shd we take them off?

  5. I going to try now.. thank you admin

  6. All your recipes are really helpful for those who don't know some dishes , especially for newly married girls 😋

  7. When I make keerai poriyal, it tastes bitter. Could you please let me know how to avoid that?

  8. Can we do this without adding coconut

    1. Yes, you can do but adding freshly grated coconut gives it a nice taste.


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