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    Thandu Keerai Poriyal / Greens Stir Fry



    Thandu Keerai is a delicious greens variety with tender stems suitable for cooking. Though it is delicious am still a fuss-eater when coming to recipes made with greens. Yet!! it is very essential for women as it supplements all the nutrients especially iron during periods, pregnancy and labor. So my Mom always compels me to have some. I have come to know the value of greens only after growing up.

    According to a recent study, 1 out of 2 women in the world are anemic, it has been a world-wide health problem. Also 4 out of 5 babies and children suffer anemia. This should be eradicated by providing proper balanced food rich in Iron. There are many reasons that causes anemia, but the most important one is food practice. Prevention is always better than cure so eating atleast two spoons of greens once in two days, is good for women and kids. In earlier days women were able to bear and give birth to many kids only because of their habits, especially eating habit. You might have also seen old women still with long hair and sturdy physique. Their food were rich in nutrients especially Iron, there were no Pizza huts and Fast food centers and not much doctors and medicines too. Also, every mom compelled her daughter to eat greens, food rich in iron, minerals, though they were not dietitians. Now its our duty to teach our kids, and our daughters to have greens as a part of food. Eating greens is better than chemical treatments, painful shots, tonics and tablets. 

    So coming to the recipe, its so simple to make, thandu keerai does not take much time for  cleaning and chopping because you can use its stem also apart from leaves. This is a traditional recipe still prepared in South Indian homes. Its very healthy and appropriate for women and kids. You can make variations and make it kids friendly and taste-bud friendly too!! 

    INGREDIENTS

    (Serves 5)


    1. Thandu Keerai (Amaranth tender/Amaranth leaves) - 2 bunches 
    2. Grated coconut - 2 spoons 
    3. Pearl onions/Shallots - 6 to 8
    4. Dry red chillies - 2 
    5. Cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon 
    6. Mustard seeds - 1/2 spoon 
    7. Salt - As per taste 
    8. Oil - 2 spoons 

    PREPARATION METHOD

    • Wash the greens well in running water. Greens are grown in very muddy places hence it will have lots of mud so be very cautious to wash off all the dirt away. 
    • Cut the roots and discard them, you can use the stems 2 inches from the root. Then chop them finely and set aside. 
    • In a pan add oil and after it heats up, add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
    • Then add the cumin seeds and let it splutter.
    • Now add chopped onions and dry red chillies and saute well until onions turns translucent. 
    • Then add the chopped greens and stir well.
    • Keep stirring frequently. 
    • When the raw smell leaves and the greens seems cooked add the grated coconut, stir well and remove from flame.
    • Serve!!

    TIP 1: Be very cautious to wash off all the mud and dirt from the greens or else it may cause some stomach discomfort and microbes in the mud may cause sickness. Washing twice or thrice will be better.

    TIP 2: Never wash the greens after chopping the leaves. If washed so, all the water soluble vitamins and other nutrients will be lost. So wash prior to chopping.

    TIP 3: Never overcook the greens, they will lose all the nutrients if overcooked. 

    TIP 4: You can use the stem 2 inches above the root of the greens. 

    TIP 5: Never have greens for dinner, it will be very hard to get digested during those dozing hours due to the loads of nutrients present in it. 

    TIP 6: Greens will let out water while cooking so never add water for preparing stir-fry recipes.


    Healthy Thandu Keerai Poriyal / Greens Stir Fry is now ready!! Have it with Sambar rice, Dal rice etc. 


    The above pic is so special to me, especially my dad because he loves the cart and he got this toy after searching for years, nearly 40 years. He said that he used to play with a toy cart like the one in the pic years ago and he also exclaimed that those days were so wonderful. Am happy that I have got a chance to see my dad's toy. After long years of searching for this cart he got it in some festive celebration near his native place. Its so memorable to him and so close to his heart!! I like this hand-made cart, isn't it beautifully made...? Since this is a traditional recipe I used this toy for taking the pic. Generations have changed a lot and I really wonder whether the love, affection and culture of those days still exists!!





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    51 comments:

    1. That looks sumptuous and healthy :) happy I stopped by - do join me on my cooking ventures too :) cheers, priya

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      1. Hi welcome :) Thanks for stopping by and do visit again..Have started following you already!!

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    2. Very nutritious and delicious one. Love green vegetables always.

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    3. Simple, healthy and looks delicious. Nice clicks

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    4. love that toy.. so cute.. very healthy thandu poriyal..

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    5. very nutritious one... my mom ll prepare it often...
      VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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      1. Yes Viji its so nutritious and my Mom makes it often too :)

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    6. Think this is the best recipe for stir fry? Prove it on tiptap.com

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    7. don't know many things i want to compliment about, i will end up writing an essay instead of a comment Divya.Never mind let me do it for today.
      firstly, loved your health info, Next the Recipe- the way you have put up is immpressive, next, Amazing Clicks.Oh Yeah! Toy cart is just very cute.

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      1. Wow Swasthi am very happy about all those kind compliments :) Its pushing me to achieve more dear :) Thanks dear :)

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    8. Wow, love that antique cart. I loved this dish: never tried amaranth!

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    9. Looks Yummy Divya :-)
      I loved your dad's toy !!!
      shrutirasoi

      Today's Recipe
      Lemon Rice

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    10. Hi Divya ,

      Thandu keerai poriyal Looks Delicious !!!

      Neat presentation:)

      Keep on Dear...

      www.southindiafoodrecipes.blogspot.in

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    11. healthy stir fry....lovely presentation :)

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    12. lovely n healthy stir fry...nice pictures n presentation!!

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    13. Really good informative post, loved your write up & the recipe. Looks reaally yummy.

      http://shwetainthekitchen.blogspot.com/

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    14. Healthy and delicious stir fry..loved your clicks dear..

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    15. Healthy and delicious , nice presantation

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    16. very healthy..i love the way you write your recipes in detail..thanks for visiting my place .

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    17. I can't get enough of greens. And they are the best with simple preparations like this. I have always used green chilies in my greens, should try dry red ones.

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      1. Next time when you get greens, try with dry red chillies :)

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    18. Perfect Healthy poriyal...Love the cart too...Like u said this is absolutely traditional:)And thanks for sharing lots of info about the veggies....To be very frank, i dont eat this thandu keerai, my mom used to prepare sambhar with this...but never knew this has lots of value...will try to prepare n eat this:)

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      1. We are similar in our eating habit Priya I must be compelled to eat this stir-fry, but only because of its nutrition I just swallow it :)

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    19. my fav..awesome presentation dear..loving it

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    20. presentation is too good .. i must add before any comment on food .. green food are always health and thanks for sharing good source of info

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      1. Thanks for the appreciation dear :)

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    21. I love this keerai.. when I am in India I make it regularly..we don't get it here.
      Beautiful presentation Divya..loved the cart that you have preserved for so long..these are precious.

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      1. Thank you so much Shobha ji :) Yeah the cart is so precious to me!!

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    22. Wow! A health food store near my house is named Amaranth, but it never occurred to me to eat the leaves. I'll ask them if they carry this crop. In Canada, amaranth is either a beautiful garden flower or a week growing by the road. I'm not sure if either species of our amaranth is edible, but I'll ask at the health food store. Neat picture of the cart, by the way!

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      1. Oh is it then just make sure if they are named differently over there :) And thanks for the appreciation :)

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    23. You know what, I did this same poriyal today..

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      1. That's why they say great minds think alike..lol :)

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    24. I really love my greens... If I haven't had any greens for a while I start to crave for them. I'm such a healthy eater ;)

      It's good to see your dad's toy that is in your cherished collection. I like these kind of rustic toys...

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