Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Keerai Kadayal

                                        Keerai Kadayal

keerai kadayal can be prepared with any type of greens.Keerai in Tamil is  referred to "Greens".The one I am showing off here is using beet greens.Beets by itself has so much  health benefits and the beet greens has innumerable proteins/nutrients packed in it.Kadayal is nothing but churning.Actually my mom/grand mom used to churn the nicely cooked greens at the end with a churner/Matthu in tamil.OMG I cannot explain the taste ,it will just melt in your mouth.I did not carry Matthu/Churner with me I simulated the same process using potato smasher.It does the same.

Keerai Kadayal


1.Beet Greens /Spinach: 1 Bunch Cut

2.Moong Dal  : A Handful(Rinse it to get rid of dirt and grime)

3.Mustard Seeds : 1Tsp

4.Channa Dal : 1/2 Tsp

5.Urad Dal : 1/2 Tsp

6.Red Chilies :1

7.Asafoetida a Dash

8.Oil : 1/2 Tsp

9.Salt To Taste.


1.In a  round bottomed pan/kadai heat the oil and add the mustard seeds,chana dal,urad dal,red chilies,asafoetida

2.Add the Moong Dal ,Beet Greens ,Salt and Add 2 cups of water.Close the Pan.

3.Keep checking for the quantity of water so that during evaporation the greens do not get burnt.

4.In 20 Minutes you can see the sign of greens being cooked and moongdal turned soft and mushy.

5.Keep it for another 2 minutes for the greens and dal to get soft and tender.

6.Smash the greens and dal in the pan with a potato smasher.

7.It will taste yummy with all the flavors incorporated in one.Enjoy with hot rice and ghee.

I am sending this to Divya's Healing Food Events-Spinach originally started by Siri Healing Foods Event-Spinach.I know the event calls for spinach I just thought beet greens would be a healthy addition to the round up.