Tuesday 13 April 2010

Pasalai Keerai poriyal/ Spinach stir-fry/ Epinard sauté aux noix de coco

One of the most common leafy vegetables found in the markets, almost throughout the year (here in France) is Spinach. Back in my home town, one can very well shop varieties of freshly picked leafy vegetables right at the doorstep as there are road vendors who pass regularly by the streets to sell freshly picked vegetables and greens every morning.

As soon as we hear the road vendors crying out loud “Keerai,Keerai “, with a basket perfectly balanced on top of their heads, we rush out to call them and buy whatever variety we needed. The vendor sometimes takes the time to talk, chat & even stop by our house (without being called) each day to ask if we needed any vegetables....those are some of the cherished moments back at home....

Any ways, here in France, my ultimate friend among all other leafy vegetables is obviously Spinach, one because of its availability; secondly, it costs me almost nothing and above all, it’s the favourite green of all at home. There are several ways one can prepare fresh Spinach and this is one such easy and simple way to savour the goodness of Spinach as a side dish and goes this directly to my records.

Ingredients (for 4)/ Ingrédients (pour 4 personnes)

800g fresh spinach/ 800g d’épinards frais
2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp ghee/ 2 c. à soupe d’huile et 2 c. à. soupe de beurre clarifié
2 onions/ 2 oignons
5 or 6 garlic pods (peeled & crushed) / 5 ou 6 gousses d’ail (pelées et écrasées)
2 or 3 fresh red or green chilies/ 2 ou 3 piments rouges ou verts frais
A bunch of curry leaves / une branche de feuilles de curry
1tsp mustard seeds/ 1 c. à café de graines de moutarde
1tsp split black gram (urad dhal)/ 1 c. à café de graines d’urd cassées
1 tsp cumin seeds/ 1 c. café de grains de cumin
1 pinch of asafetida/ 1 pinçée de poudre d'ase fétide
Salt/ Sel
1 handful of fresh grated coconut / 1 poignée de noix de coco fraiche rapée
Juice of half a lemon/ jus d’un demi citron

Method/La préparation :

Wash the spinach thoroughly (Soak the leaves in a mixture of cold water and some lime juice for about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse several times until the water is clear)
As the spinach leaves shrink after cooking, I leave them whole. You may also chop them roughly if you wish.

Laver les épinards soigneusement (Faire tremper les feuilles dans un mélange d'eau froide et un peu de jus de citron pendant environ 5 minutes. Égoutter et rincer plusieurs fois jusqu'à ce que l'eau devienne claire)
Comme les feuilles d'épinard se rétrécissent après la cuisson, je les laisse entiers. Mais, vous pouvez également les hacher grossièrement si vous le souhaitez.

Peel the onions and chop finely. Remove the stem of the green chilies and leave them whole. ( you may also chop them if you like it hot)
Eplucher les oignons et hacher-les finement. Retirer la tige des piments verts et les laisser entiers. ( vous pouvez aussi les émincer si vous aimez le plat un peu piquant"

Heat the oil and ghee in a large skillet. Splutter the mustard seeds, black gram dhal and the cumin seeds.
Faire chauffer l'huile et le beurre clarifié dans une grande poêle. Faire éclater les graines de moutarde, les graines d’urd cassées et ajouter les graines de cumin.

Add the asafoetida followed by the onions, the curry leaves, crushed garlic and the chilies and fry until the onions become translucent.
Ajouter l'ase fétide, puis les oignons, les feuilles de curry, l'ail écrasé et les piments verts et faire sauter jusqu'à ce que les oignons deviennent translucides.

Add salt (as needed) stir well and add the spinach; Stir-fry for not more than 5 to 10 minutes or until the spinach is cooked.
Ajouter le sel, bien mélanger et ajouter les épinards; Faire sauter pendant 5 à 10 minutes ou jusqu'à ce que l’épinard soit cuit.

Add the grated coconut, stir once again and remove off the flame.
Ajouter la noix de coco râpée. Remuer encore quelques secondes et éteindre le feu.

Serve hot with any of your favourite maincourse and Enjoy !!!! / Servez chaud avec vos plats favoris et Bon Appétit !!!

57 comments:

shanthi said...

Tempting and fabulous

nandini said...

Most enjoyed and favoured vegetable in my household!. Poriyal looks fresh and creamy.. would love to team with nice paruppu rasam!!.

Sushma Mallya said...

I Too love spinach, and this is such a nice and simple recipe to do with it...i usually do only palak paneer, but this is a nice variation from that...looks so healhty and very delicious...thanks for sharing it vinolia

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I love to have spinach with plain steam rice..just like that without any curry..looks so comforting and homely which is making me hungry :)

Jagruti said...

Can have this spinach anytime..looks awesome!! pics looks great!!

simply.food said...

I love spinach and usually cook it with garlic but I like your addition on coconut.Very creative.C'est tres bon.:)

kitchen queen said...

yum yum and healthy pasalakeerai.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Yummy side dish. I love Spinach! They are soo good for health and taste splendid. The stir fry is looking good. Have you ever tried adding boiled tuvar dhal to this? It enhances the flavor!

SathyaSridhar said...

Vino,,,spinach poriyal rombhavae nalla irukku niraya poondu thengai poetta unmailiye super ah irukkum,,,enakku rasam rice keerai poriyal rombha pidikum,,,

Latha said...

Healthy dish....I too make it this way :). Yours looks very inviting, making me hungry.

Shama Nagarajan said...

we love spincah a lot....yummy healthy recipe

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Yours looks nice,as this greens is sticky i usually don't make poriyal...........

Tina said...

Luv spinach in any form..Looks delicious and yummy dear...

Gulmohar said...

Just like yours, this the most fav green in my family too :D..I could have this every day :-)

Nithu Bala said...

Pasala keerai poriyal roombha nalla irukku..pictures are also so good..

Swathi said...

Vinolia,
I used make same with spinach,you brought back memories of street vendors. Nice healthy dish.

Pavithra said...

Oh I love any green fries... yummy and also healthy.. nice pictures too.

Soma Pradhan said...

This is a different method to prepare spinach..Looks great and healthy...

Ramya said...

I love keerai-all sorts of..Keerai poriyal is so simple to make and it looks yumm

San said...

Spinach poriyal looks splendid n it's one of my favs when it comes to greens.Nice click n thanks for sharing such a healthy and an easy recipe .

Malar Gandhi said...

Keerai poriyal sounds mild, light and very healthy to me...comforting dish for sure.

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Looks delicious and this is my favorite veg too, thanks for sharing dear...

Yummy Team said...

Healthy n yummy stirfry..Nice recipe!

Fimère said...

une association qui mérite d'être dégusté, elle me tente beaucoup
merci pour cette magnifique découverte
bonne soirée

kamalabhoopathy said...

Lovely ever green side dish Vinolia suits with any thing.

Priya said...

Healthy stir fry looks awesome Vino, namba oorula kedaikura madhri varietyaa keerai inga kedaikala'nu naanum adikadi nenachi tension aagi irruken..lolz..

Cham said...

I can even go with rasam and this poriyal! Great pict!

jeyashrisuresh said...

never tried poriyal using spinach. simple and yummy too.

PranisKitchen said...

the keerai poriyal looks delicious..A very healthy food.nice click too.
i always prefer the spinach in our menu at least once in a week.here we can find more varieties of spinach but the original red and green spinach hardly find here.
the road vendors really, here we missed all those people..for everything go to shop:))

Deepa said...

spinach stir fry looks so healthy and tasty..very good click..loved the step by step presentation

Meena said...

spinach poriyal looks great...my kids thankfully like spinach too, this is a good one to try...thnx

Pavithra Srihari said...

Very much miss those luxury of getting fresh spinach at the door steps da...

Keera masiyal superaa irukku . You have reminded me to make this with beautiful step by step picturees da. Kudos to r patience for taking this pictures .

You have an awesome sapce here

Suparna said...

hi V,
Spinach is a hot fav at our home too!
Enjoyed the way u have written abt the memories u share of the veggie vendors :)
beautiful clicks and yummy dish too
TC

DEESHA said...

nice dish ... I love spinach

Gita Jaishankar said...

Nice stir fry da....looks awesome...I miss the vendors and things like that here...we even have fish vendors come daily to our area, how about yours dear....I too make keerai like this only...my favorite combination is with any kozumbu, especially fish :)

Nadjibella said...

Bonne idée, je ne cuisine pas assez les épinards.
Je note.
A bientôt.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Hi first time here and love your recipes..Keerai Poriyal is one of favorite dish..Following you..Happy Tamil New Year !!!

Dolly said...

Wow Vinolia..This is one good looking Spinach Stir-fry. Very easy recipe and healthy as well. Thanks for sharing the memories from back home...Those are indeed precious memories..

women-wisdom.com said...

Interesting memories! Step by step procedure flows great. And spinach, no chance its superb presentation. YUM

Viki's Kitchen said...

'Keerai , keerai' phrase made me nostalgic. Thinamum keerai seitha naatkal avai. Inga vantha piragu thaane antha keerakkaramma arumai enakku theriyuthu:) Spinach poriyal super pa. Plain rice pothum ethukku matchinga. Meen kulambu saatham kooda ithai seitha , saappittukkite irukkalam thane:) Happy New year dear.

Sashi said...

I like anything green coz of it's nutrients. But i feel bad since we dont get any other variety ad am really bored to cook the spinach alone. Looking forward for my next India trip to have milagu thakkalikeerai, murugai keerai and etc .. One of my fav with white rice !!

Bong Mom said...

AS

I am not sure if you are a Tamilian but something makes me think you are :-)

Therefore wishing you A very Happy New year

SathyaSridhar said...

Vino,,,thanks for ur lovely words paa elaikkai poetathala nalla vaasanaiya irukkum athu bake aagum poedhae nalla vaasanai thookum...

Usha said...

Simple, healthy and delicious !

? said...

Simple, flavourful dish; one of our favourites!

MaryMoh said...

I don't have many ways to cook spinach. This looks delicious. I love all the ingredients used. Thanks for sharing.

Sridevi said...

Just visited the tasty and colorful dishes you have posted. Among all the Greens, Spinach is my favorite and it looks delicious. Nice write ups.........

Nithu said...

I love spinach. this looks perfect. Nice click. An award is waiting for you in my blog. Check out...

Cynthia said...

Good healthy, delicious spinach. Looks delish hon.

Parita said...

Poriyal looks delicious, would love to have some with rice and ghee :)

Padhu said...

Keerai poriyal looks so yummy!! Love it very much.

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Vinolia said...

hahahha, merci Papa :)

shanthy said...

Vino - I tried this recipe today and it was awesome .. I have never tried spinach and onions together before .. thanks for sharing this and keep them coming!

Vinolia said...

shanthy, thanks :)

Raji Murali said...

Good try with spinach ! Btw Pasalai Keerai is different to Spinach, ofcourse they look similar. Pasala Keerai is little sticky when cooked.

I will surely try out this :)

women-wisdom.com said...

Healthy poriyal. Its yummy.

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