Paruppu Keerai Masiyal(Or kadayal) | Spinach With Dhal

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Keerai Masiyal translates to “mashed spinach”. First cook the greens along with other ingredients and mash it. Traditionally the cooked spinach is mashed with a laddle called as “mathu katai” which is made of wooden. You can even pulse the spinach dal mix for 3-4 secs until well mashed.


My mom makes a lot of spinach/keerai dishes and I love them all. She uses spinach in gravies/dal and also in side dish or poriyal. I love the varieties of spinach dishes she makes. She makes 2 varities of keerai kadayal/masiyal, one with dal and the other without dal. Today i’m presenting to you Keerai masiyal with dal.


In India we get so many varieties of spinach and each variety is used in a particular preparation. Like in today’s recipe I have used Arai Keerai(which is green amaranth leaves) and arai keerai goes very well in keerai masiyal preparation. I always make keerai masiyal with arai keerai, if you can’t get arai keerai use any spinach you can get.


This Arai keerai masiyal is a mix of dal and greens together with a lovely flavor that it can be made as a main curry to go with white rice and sides like poryial or fry.


Keerai masiyal is very popular among Tamil Brahmins, they do not use onions, garlic in their preparation. Keerai masiyal is very healthy and nutritious dish. Coconut can be included to the dish. I have used toor and masoor dal to gather, I also make it with yellow moong dal. I never add coconut to this stew as I don’t like it much, but if your prefer you can add (1/4 cup grated coconut. 1 tspn cumin seeds, 1 or 2 dried red chillies ground together with water).


Puruppu Keerai Masiyal recipe –

Keerai or Spinach – 2 bunch (I used arai keerai), finely chopped
Dal – 1/4 cup (used toor and massor dal, you can use moong dal too)
Onions – 2 medium(chopped)
Tomatoes – 2 medium(chopped)
Green Chilies – 2 large
Garlic cloves – 5-6 pods
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tbspn
Tamarind juice – 2 tbspns

To temper –
Oil – 1 tspn
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Dried red chilies – 2
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tspn
Cumin seeds – 1/4 tspn


1. Heat oil in pressure cooker. Saute onions till they turn pink.


2. Add tomatoes and green chilies and cook until tomatoes turn mushy.


3. Add finely chopped spinach and garlic cloves and saute until spinach gets cooked.

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4. Then add dal mix well. Add water and pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistle. Switch off flame and allow the pressure to settle down.

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5. Open the lid of the cooker and drain the water from the spinach. Using a laddle mash the spinach dal mix until it turns into a smooth mix. Or alternatively you can pulse them in a blender for 2-3 secs.

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6. Transfer the mashed content back to the cooker and put it on low flame. Pour tamarind juice , add salt to taste and allow it to boil for 3-5 minutes. Switch off the flame.


7. Do the temper with all the ingredients mentioned under the list. Add the temper to the spinach.


8. Now the delicious Keerai Dhal Masiyal is ready for Serving. Serve it with hot steamed rice and potato fry.. HEAVEN!





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8 Responses

  1. This looks and sounds amazing Jyothi! I love spinach, and all of the savory spices in this are just perfect.

  2. Must try for a dal lover like me :)

  3. shailaja sen says:

    Spinach dal….is favorite dal in my house but never added onions… Sounds interesting jyothi…..

  4. Raja says:

    I live in California and was trying to make my mom’s keerai kadayal. Stumbled on your post….initially thought there was too much garlic, but followed through with your recipe and it was Divine!! h

    I did add my gradmothers Vadagam fried in ghee and it added more flavor. Keep up the great work!!

    • jyothirajesh says:

      Words like this keeps me motivated and keeps be going. Thank you very much Raja for trusting my recipe and coming back here to share your feedback. I’m very glad you loved the dish and oh the vadagam is making me drool now
      Hope to see you more often here!

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