KEERAI PARUPPU PORIYAL/GREENS STIR FRY WITH LENTILS


This is a stir-fry my mom makes regularly. She uses greens like amaranth or drumstick leaves. This is made as a side dish with rice and any spicy gravies, particularly seafood dishes. The best combination which I like the most is meen kuzmbu, fish fry, and this stir fry made with drumstick leaves. This is also comfort food for my sister and I. Sadly I don’t get drumstick leaves here, which is my favorite, but I did get a chance to taste many different ones like Swiss Chard, collard greens, turnip greens etc. I keep all of them in my freezer and this is very easy to make any side dishes with greens in just minutes. This time I have made this dish with collard greens. Collard greens have a slight bitter taste, so I have used one small tomato. This can be omitted if any other less bitter green like spinach is used.

INGREDIENTS:
1. Collard greens, 1 bunch.
2. Small onions, 2.
3. Tomato, 1.
4. Green chilies, 1-2.
5. Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon (optional).
6. Mung dhal or green gram, ¼ cup.
7. Mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon.
8. Cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon.
9. Salt as per taste.

PREPARATION:
Precook the dhal until they are cooked but the dhal is still whole and has a bite to it. This can be done either on stove top by cooking the dhal in a pot with enough water to immerse the dhal and cooked for 10-15 or microwave for 10 minutes. Wash the greens and chop it finely. Dice the onions and tomatoes and slit the green chilies into 2. Heat a pan with some oil. When the oil turns hot, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the cumin seeds and fry for a few seconds. Now add the diced onions and sauté for a few minutes until the onions turn translucent. Then add the chopped tomatoes, chilies, ginger-garlic paste and keep sautéing until everything is well blended. Add some salt along with the chopped greens and dhal and mix everything well. Cook closed under low flame for 5-10 minutes until the greens are wilted and all the water is absorbed. Serve hot with rice.

A tablespoon of grated coconut can be added after switching off the stove. Even around ½ teaspoon of ground cumin seeds can be added in the end.

33 comments:

AdukalaVishesham said...

nice way to add greens to your diet... we too make such sides whenever possible...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

my grandma makes this with drumstick leaves and is my fav too... I have to make this once with any of the other leaves you have suggested...
I know it tastes great! Thanks for sharing...

priya said...

tasty n delicious, dear!

Nandini said...

Fantastic poriyal! It's so yummy and I feel like having it with rice!

Sushma Mallya said...

very healthy stir fry,...and so simple too

Babli said...

Poriyal looks yummy. Very healthy food. I will surely try your lovely recipe. Thanks.

kitchen queen said...

delicious tasty and healthy poriyal.Thanks for sharing.

Padhu said...

I prepare it in the same way with drumstick leaves sans ginger.

shanthi said...

Healthy and simple

kitchen queen said...

A nice and healthy poriyal looks delicious and yum to have with rice and ghee.

PALATABLE said...

I cook this similar way...nice photo and looks yummy...

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BeenaShylesh said...

nice clik dear.....

Jagruti said...

Fantastic recipe!! love to add lots of greens to my diet...thanx for sharing.....

Priya said...

My fav poriyal..just love to have hot rice topped with ghee, mouthwatering..

Cicily Antony said...

good one...need varieties for green...this one looks good...

Vrinda said...

Gr8 healrhy combo,looks yummmm

shahana said...

DElicious healthy recipe.Good click too.

Gulmohar said...

Fantastic combo..It's been ages since I had some drumstick leaves poriyal...Maybe I should try this just like you,with collard greens

Padma said...

Simple and delicious. Love this stir fry :)

Sowmya said...

healthy n tasty recipe....lovely click dear..

Viki's Kitchen said...

Keerai poriyal yum meen kulambu ma? ketkum pothey romba azhagai irukkirathu:) My favorite combo too dear:) Poriyal looks very tasty and healthy Gita.

Uma said...

looks so healthy and yummy :)

kothiyavunu said...

Hey gita, How r u dear? Was away for a while and I guess have missed a few posts..LOve this greens stir fry with lentil..Looks delish.

Tina said...

Very healthy and delicious...

Suparna said...

hey gita,
adding lentils to greens makes it more tasty such side dishes are a pleasure with simple rasam rice and papad :)
TC

Kanchan said...

Liked this version of using greens, will soon try !

Parita said...

Thats very satisfying poriyal!

Deepa G Joshi said...

nice and tasty dish..

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Malar Gandhi said...

Nice side dish for meen kuzhambu, simply irresistable.

Aparna said...

Healthy & delicious..nice combo:)

Silence Sings said...

hi, i was just looking for some recipes on collard and found it here...will surely try it...thanks for sharing...do visit my blog if you get time...

Chef Jeena said...

What a delicious and healthy meal Gita.

Devasena Hariharan said...

dont u lie dear! Ur mom rarely makes this