How To Make Keerai Masiyal With Garlic? Or How To Make Poondu Keerai Masiyal?
Keerai Masiyal with Garlic is a simple and flavor packed recipe that uses spinach and garlic as the primary ingredients. This keerai masiyal recipe with garlic calls for very few ingredients and yet packs a punch because of the garlic that is added. It is also very easy to make and can be made in a jiffy if you have the spinach cleaned up and ready. If you find that cleaning spinach is a trouble, you can use frozen spinach in this recipe and enjoy this keerai masiyal with garlic.
While i usually make keerai masiyal this way, i resort to making this keerai masiyal with garlic when i m short pressed for time. This keerai masiyal with garlic doesnt call for addition of any lentils and is also vegan and can easily be made gluten free by leaving out the asafoetida. This recipe is an inspiration from the north eastern indian cuisine in which greens are a part of their daily meal. But i have added a south indian touch to this keerai masiyal with garlic by using the south indian style of tadka. This masiyal can also be mixed into hot steamed rice and ghee and enjoyed as such with some poppadoms or chips.
Keerai Masiyal With Garlic Recipe
- Spinach 2 bunches cleaned and chopped
- Garlic cloves 10 sliced thinly
- Oil 1 tbsp
- Mustard seeds 1 tsp
- Urad dal 1 tsp
- Green chili 2 slit lengthwise
- Salt to taste
- Hing or Asafoetida a small pinch
- Bring a large pot with about 4 cups of water to a rolling boil.
- Switch off the flame.
- Immerse the chopped spinach and slit green chilies in the water and keep covered.
- After 5 mins, open the lid and drain the water completely from the spinach.
- Let the spinach cool.
- Once cool, blend the spinach, green chilies and salt to a smooth paste without adding any water. I used my immersion blender for this but any normal blender will work too.
- Once blended, heat a pan with oil.
- Pop the mustard seeds and immediately add hing and urad dal.
- Once the dal begins to brown, add the chopped garlic and wait for it to brown.
- When the garlic turns golden brown, add the tempering to the mashed spinach and mix well.
- Serve hot with rice.