Friday, May 29, 2015

Spinanch Poriyal / Spinach Thoran/ Spinach Stir fry

Go Green Go!!!!. Lets go green today.. Before my college days, my mom used to make the red spinach very often. I like the color of it, specially when you mix it with the curd rice.

So after coming here, i don't feel like buying this green spinach, because i love the red spinach very much. One day one of my friend was on the phone and she told me that she is making spinach poriyal. That day i was thinking Ohhhh even in America our Tamilians are eating green vegetables. Ohh let me buy some this week when i go for shopping. That's how i got this green spinach before 7 years back. That day i got the Spinach bunch and cleaned it 5 times i think. Then i cooked it and ate it. Hmmm what to say even after all this wash, i was munching on sand while i had my lunch. But  ow i always buy the washed spinach in the pack or the frozen spinach.

Now that's the easiest poriyal which i love to make. Because the one that i buy from the nearby Farmers market is "triple washed". So i don't have to wash it and look for sand. Ooooh i don't like munching on sand in my spinach. I make spinach with paruppu and this poriyal at home. Sometimes i even add spinach to the chicken gravy to make healthy chicken gravy.

Here comes the recipe to make it typical Nagercoil style with some coconut.

You will need:

  • 1 pack of spinach (rough chopped)
  • 1 big onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • salt to taste
To Grind:
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 gloves of garlic
  • 2 pinch of  LG powder-- Asofoetida powder
  • pinch of turmeic powder
  • 1 green chilli (Can add 1 more if you like spicy dish)


Step 1:

Heat a pan and add oil to the pan. When the oil becomes hot add the mustard seeds and wait for it to splutter. When you hear the spluttering sound just add the chopped onions.

Step 2:

When the onions are getting fried in the oil, you can go ahead and give a rough chop to the spinach.  Saute the onions just for 3 mins and add the chopped spinach to it and continue to saute it, untill it looks like this.

Step 3:

Now add the ingredients under "To Grind" in your small mixie jar and dry grind it coarsely. You can even use the Pulse option. DO NOT ADD WATER TO IT. 

The ground mixture look like this. 

Step 4:

Add the ground mixture to the sauteed spinach and stir it for 3 more minutes, untill you get rid off the raw smell of garlic. 

Step 5:

Add salt to taste and switch off the stove and enjoy with rice.  . The final item looks like this.. 

You can serve this yummy stir fry with mor kulambhu, Paruppu curry (Dal curry), . Simple healthy  easy to make dish at home in less than 30 minutes from start to finish. 

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