Keerai Poriyal / Greens stir fry

Greens are plant based food rich in iron, also to be included daily as part of a healthy meal plan. It helps in digestion and absorbing iron from other foods like mutton, chicken. There are a wide variety of ways to include greens in our diet. Poriyal is one such south indian recipe where the greens are finely chopped and sauted in mustard, onion, garlic tempering and cooked till done.

Lets see the ingredients list here

1 cup tightly packed greens, any variety
1 medium onion, finely diced.
1 dry red chilli
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp split urad dhal
1 tsp oil
3 cloves of garlic, nicely minced
1/4 tsp + 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/2 tsp rock salt

Soak the cut greens in warm water with a pinch of turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp rock salt for about 5 minutes. This will ensure all the effects of pesticides ( if used in greens) will be gone.

Then wash the greens thoroughly and chop finely.

Heat a kadai or wok with a tsp cooking oil. Once warm, add mustard seeds and split urad dhal.

Once the mustard seeds start to sputter add dry red chillies.

Add onions and finely chopped garlic pods.

Saute till onions become translucent. This might take about 2-3 minutes.

Add chopped greens.

Saute till the greens reduce in size for about a minute or two.

Add turmeric powder.

Add salt to taste.

Cook it covered for about 5 minutes on low flame. You can sprinkle some water if needed. While adding the greens after washing, it has some water in it which itself is sufficient though.

Now, its thoroughly cooked.

Switch off the flame and serve hot with sambar rice, rasam rice.


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