Saturday 8 June 2013

Arai Keerai Poriyal Recipe/Greens Stir Fry/Healthy Keerai Poriyal/அரைக் கீரை பொரியல்/How to make Arai Keerai Poriyal with step by step photos and Video in both English and Tamil

This is a simple and healthy keerai poriyal made in South Indian homes. It tastes delectable and serves perfect side dish for any rice varieties. We get lots of different types of keerai’s in South India when compared to other places, in most of the houses it is made at least 3 – 4 days a week. One keerai variety included everyday in our food is one healthy choice of living. Do check out other interesting and healthy Keerai Recipe here and Different Keerai Varieties here

Here’s how to make Arai keerai poriyal with step by step photos…

Arai Keerai
1 bunch
1 finely chopped
Dry Red Chillies
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Urad dal
1 tsp
Grated coconut
2 – 3 tbsp or ¼ cup
2 tsp
As needed
 Preparation Time: 15 minutes                           Recipe Category: Side Dish
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes                             Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Here's a short video on how to make Arai Keerai Poriyal


Clean the keerai by removing the roots. Add 1 tsp of rock salt and soak in water for about 20-30 minutes. Wash at least 3 times to get rid of any soil left and drain the water completely.

Chop it finely with the stem and keep it aside.

Heat oil in kadai and splutter  cumin seeds,  add urad dal and let it change to light golden color.

Now add dry red chillies and then add chopped onions, little salt and mix well.
Let the onions turn translucent.

Now add the chopped keerai and stir it well. Add needed salt and mix well.

Sprinkle little water and let the keerai cook. The keerai will shrink and cook in about 2-3 minutes. Stir well and cook until done.

Finally add grated coconut, after the water is evaporated ,mix really well and switch off the stove.

Healthy and delicious Arai keerai poriyal is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it with rice and dal or you can eat this by mixing with rice and ghee.

Thank you for visiting my space, please come back again for more healthy and traditional South Indian recipes from my kitchen. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and healthy Keerai Recipe here and Different Keerai Varieties here

Other Keerai Recipes that might be of your interest

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  1. முளைக்கீரை மசியல் சூப்பர். நல்ல ருசியான இளம் கீரையை சீரகம் சேர்த்து மஸித்துக்கொள்ளணும்.

    வெங்காயம் அல்லது முருங்கைக்காய் வற்றல் குழம்பு சாதத்தில், நல்ல எண்ணெயை ஊற்றிப் பிசைந்து, இந்த முளைக்கீரை மசியலைத் தொட்டுக்கொண்டு சாப்பிட தேவாமிர்தமாக இருக்கும்.

    பாராட்டுக்கள். ருசியான பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றிகள்.

  2. yummy side dish, Priya...and hey..don't forget to drop by "pick quicks" if you wanna have some hearty laugh !

  3. priya , is this keerai available only in summer or through out the year in south.

    1. Hi Nisha,
      This keerai and lot of different varieties of keerai is available through out the year.

  4. love your version of mulai keerai poriyal...

  5. We have this veg over here and its really affordable. This simply stir fry is awesome to be paired with the rest cooked for the day, not to forget my fav of rice.

  6. Thank you all for the lovely comments...


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