Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Palak Keerai Masiyal - Mashed Greens For Rice

#PalakKeeraiMasiyal ( #PalakMashedGreens ), the most simplest & tastiest recipe using green leafy vegetable. It is one of  the best ways to get all the goodness of green leafy vegetable since it is not being cooked over fire for a long time thereby destroying its vital nutrients.
Keerai Masiyal is a Tamil word and it means mashed greens.
All greens are not suitable for making keerai masiyal. The taste of keerai masiyal will be very good only when its been done with some greens like mulai keerai, palak, tender thandu keerai, red mulai keerai and arai keerai.
 The green leafy vegetable is washed in water two or three times to remove all the impurities . It is then cooked in a vessel or pressure cooker with little water. I usually pressure cook greens on high flame for one whistle and then take out cooked greens after immediately releasing steam by keeping the pressure cooker under running water or by carefully lifting the weight from the nozzle.
Allow cooked greens to come to room temperature and then mashed along with crushed garlic and salt.
Commonly the cooked greens are mashed using a wooden pestle in a wide mouthed mud pot. But I used to mash them using a blender.
Preparing keerai masiyal seems to be very easy but it should be done with utmost care. If It is overcooked greens might loose its green color and also its distinct taste. If it is undercooked it might not be palatable.

palak keerai masiyal

Ingredients :
Palak keerai                         : 1 hand full
Salt                                     : 1/4 tsp ( adjust )
garlic clove                          : 1 or 2

Method :
Wash palak thoroughly 2 or 3 times with water in a wide mouthed vessel.
Take 1/2 cup of water in a pressure cooker.
Put palak in the cooker.
Close the lid with weight on.
Cook for 1 whistle on high flame.
Turn off the stove.

Release steam immediately by keeping the cooker under running water or simply removing weight.Transfer into a bowl.

Allow the cooked palak to come down to room temperature.

Now in a mixie jar take garlic cloves ( remove skin ) and run for a second.

Then add the palak & salt and grind only for few seconds to get coarsely blended palak masiyal.
Tasty tasty keerai masiyal is ready!!

Take hot white rice in a plate. Put 2 to 3 tsp full of masiyal & a tsp of gingelly oil ( sesame/till oil ).

Mix well and have it with hot sambar especially drumstick sambar. ah!! what a taste!!  and also too good with vathakuzhambu

Other green leafy vegetable recipes

Red Greens Masiyal - Mashed Red Amaranth greens Red Greens Dhal Masiyal Red Greens Lentil manathakkali keerai paal saru [ kazhani saru ] murungai keerai paal saru [ kazhani saru ]

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