How to make Poondu Keerai Massiyal -

Spinach cooked in tamarind and tempered with fresh indian spices

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Spinach (पालक), Tamrind

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Poondu Keerai Massiyal

Poondu Keerai Massiyal Recipe Card


Hindi: palak
Treasure house of vitamins and minerals, spinach must be included in the week's menu. The usage can be varied: chopped spinach leaves cooked with potatoes is a semi-wet vegetable with rotis, a few spinach leaves thrown in with mixed vegetables and turned into a soup is lovely on a cold winter night, chopped and blanched spinach makes a different sort of raita, spinach puree can be used in cutlets or kababs, the list goes on.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Poondu Keerai Massiyal Recipe

  • Spinach 2 bunches

  • Tamrind 1/2 lemon

  • Garlic 10-15 cloves

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 4 tablespoons


  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Whole dry red chilli 2

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 2 tablespoons

  • Curry leaves 10-12


Step 1

Clean, wash and chop spinach. Peel garlic. Slit green chillies. Soak tamarind in ½ cup warm water and remove the pulp and strain. Heat gingelly oil and temper with mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilly , curry leaves and green chillies. Add whole garlic, sauté for a couple of minutes. Add spinach and stir frequently for uniform cooking.

Step 2

Crush the spinach and garlic with a masher. Add tamarind pulp , salt and mix well. Dissolve rice flour in water and add to the mixture so that the gravy thickens. Sprinkle asafoetida, mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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