Tuesday 2 October 2012

Arai Keerai Masiyal - Using a blender | Keerai Puree | Greens Masiyal

Keerai Masiyal (Mashed greens) a very predominant South Indian recipe, is the best healthy and simple recipe that can be served as sides or also can be had along with rice and ghee. In earlier days keerai (greens) masiyal was prepared using a big wooden spoon, the cooked greens were mashed well using the wooden spoon until it turns into a fine pulpy consistency,. That was a very time consuming and also energy consuming but gives perfect results. I still remember my grandma trying this recipe using the wooden spoon and getting tired soon and so never had the idea of trying it but later after marriage I had to prepare it and thought of trying this shortcut method and voila it tasted great just like how my grandma's masiyal tasted. I have discussed a very easy version here, with very few ingredients which I follow very often. Also I get two recipes just from one preparation, a greens soup and masiyal, so there's another good reason to try this recipe. We all know how green leafy vegetables and greens are important for health, try to include them in your diet to relish good health. 

Check out my Thandu Keerai Poriyal here!!


Makes a medium sized bowl full
Total Preparation Time - 20 to 25 minutes
  1. Arai Keerai (Amaranthus Tritis) / Any greens - One whole bunch 
  2. Cumin seeds - 1 spoon (4 grams) 
  3. Garlic pod - 1 
  4. Shallots / Pearl onions - 2 
  5. Salt - As per taste 


  • Wash the greens (Keerai) well in water to remove mud, pesticides, insectisides and dirt. Pluck the fresh leaves from the stem and set aside. Discard the roots, worm bitten leaves and harder stems but the younger tender stems can be used. 
  • Peel off the skin from garlic pod and onions and set aside. 
  • Take a saucepan add the leaves and stem parts and pour half cup of water. Add cumin seeds, whole and peeled shallots (small onions) and garlic pod and place on flame. 
  • Let it cook on low flame until the raw smell leaves (takes 15 minutes approximately) and the greens shrink well and changes color.  
  • Remove from flame strain excess water add salt and serve it as keerai soup. 
  • Now take the cooked greens, along with cumin seeds, onions and garlic and when it reaches room temperature put it in a blender add salt and make a fine paste out of it.
  • Serve!!

TIP 1: You can add more water while cooking greens and after cooking, strain this water add salt and serve as Keerai soup. If you don't want soup you can add very little water and cook on low flame and blend it along with the water. 

TIP 2: Adding cumin seeds gives a very good flavor and makes the soup and keerai taste great. 

TIP 3: Do not overcook the greens or under cook the greens remove as soon as you find the raw smell has left. 

TIP 4: Don't wash after chopping greens. Wash before chopping this helps avoid loss of any minerals or Water soluble vitamins.

TIP 5: You can also add a handful of green gram dal while cooking the greens and blend them all together to make it more yummier. 

Delicious and healthy and simple Keerai Masiyal is now ready!! Serve as sides or along with rice and ghee!!


  1. Healthy side dish Divs, love the color... nice clicks too

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  2. Nice recipe and lovely clicks...

  3. lovely clicks.....very healthy..

  4. Healthy & delicious

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  5. Nice clicks with healthy and yum spinach.

  6. Super healthy and delicious !!

  7. This looks delicious and loved the clicks...Hey did u buy?

  8. Delicious and healthy masiyal... Very comforting too..

  9. Another healthy and easy recipe I'd love to try!

  10. Love Keerai..Back at home, we add a variety of keerai,ginger,garlic,fenegreek seeds, to boiling rice ,blend together and eat as a porridge,commonly known as 'Kola Kenda':)

  11. Very aromatic and tempting masiyal. Love the addition of garlic

  12. Divya, i love this healthy masiyal anytime....its perfect for my toddlers....if i can get the arai keerai I will make this for the weekend.....tq for sharing

  13. nice clicks divya..inviting masiyal.....

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  14. i love arakeerai fry..with garlic..never tried this..and here we get it rarely...

  15. hi divya what is this kerrai thing

    1. Its greens Meenu..We blend it well and have it along with rice here in South India..

  16. Simply love this healthy masiyal, delicious.

  17. Tempting clicks dear. Simple but healthy recipe, like to try it.

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  18. Healthy greens,love the clicks dear.

  19. What a gorgeous green dip! It's certainly very healthy.

  20. I make similarly. pretty clicks :)

  21. Healthy recipe.


  22. new to me. looks amazing and inviting

  23. Your recipe looks so delicious.I tried the same but added some tomatoes to it and it came out a bit tangy .Nice and healthy recipe :)


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