Friday 10 January 2020

Agathi Keerai Poriyal/Agathi Keerai Curry –How to make Agathi Keerai Poriyal/Humming Bird Tree Leaves Stir Fry

Agathi Keerai has numerous health benefits and loaded with vitamin A, E, C and other minerals like calcium, phosphorous, Iron etc.  It contains 8.4% of Protein, 1.4% of Fat and 3.1 % of Minerals. According to the Siddha School of Medicine, Agathi Keerai has 63 curative benefits. Mainly, it reduces body heat and cools the eyes, heals the wounds and is a wonderful remedy for mental depression and other illnesses. The terms “Agathi” refers to “fir inside”, it will ignite the fire inside all the organs and equalize the blood circulation throughout the body. Agathi Keerai helps in easy digestion, cures acidity related problems, regulates urination, cures stomach ulcer and reduces the stress to a great extent.[Content Source: Vikatan]. I have mentioned only few important benefits of Agathi Keerai, but still there are many more. Lets include Agathi Keerai atleast once a month in our diet and enjoy the benefits. This Agathi Keerai Poriyal is usually prepared on Dhuvadasi day[Next to Vaikunda Ekadasi] for meal after complete fasting, which helps in reducing the acidity levels. Do try out this healthy Agathi Keerai Poriyal and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting and healthy Keerai Recipes here and other vegetarian side dishes here. Also check out Nellikkai Thayir Pachadi, PorichaRasam/Dhuvadasi Rasam and Mor Kuzhambu prepared for Dhuvadasi in the links and Dhuvadasi Paranai/Thalagam here.

Here’s how to make Agathi Keerai Poriyal with step by step photos…

Agathi Keerai
1 bunch
Moong Dal/Paasi Paruppu
2 ½ tbsp
Grated Coconut
3 tbsp
Turmeric Powder
¼ tsp
As needed

For Tempering
1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds/Kadugu
1 tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam
½ tsp
Urad Dal/Ullutham Paruppu
1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies
Preparation Time: 5 minutes                          Recipe Category: Side Dish    
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes                         Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Meanwhile do check out other interesting and healthy Keerai Recipes here.


Remove the leaves of the agathi keerai from the stalk.

Wash thoroughly with water atleast 2-3 times, drain the water and keep it aside.

Soak the moong dal/paasi paruppu for about 30 minutes, this makes the cooking of pasi paruppu faster.


Cook the moong dal with enough water until soft but not mushy. Drain the water and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a kadai/pan, splutter mustard seeds, add urad dal, cumin seeds, red chillies and fry well until the urad dal changes to golden brown color.

Add the chopped agathi keerai, ¼ tsp of turmeric powder and sauté well for about 20-30 seconds.

Just sprinkle little water, required amount of salt and mix everything really well.

Cover and cook the Agathi Keerai for about 5 minutes on low flame. Stir occasionally.

Now open the lid and check if the agathi keerai is cooked, then add the cooked dal mix everything really well and cook for about 2 more minutes.

Finally add the grated coconut, give one stir and switch off the stove.

Healthy and tasty Agathi Keerai Poriyal is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it hot with any lunch menu item like sambar, rasam, kuzhambu etc.


I have not added onions, you can very well add 1  small onion finely chopped and sauté it well before adding the agathi keerai.

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