Monday, June 5, 2006

GBP - 1 (Keerai Kadainjathu) - Fresh Greens Mashed

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Figured it is time I made some contribution to the Green Blog Project after enthusiastically declaring that I wanted to participate but you see my garden was not cooperating, the plants are still growing and no harvest to be made anytime soon. But I had plenty of greens (thandu keerai) ready to be picked and thought they would make a great entry for the GBP. I eagerly look forward to these tasty fresh greens (Amaranthus) every summer. The ones I have here are all green and they grow comfortably among the other plants. Pick out the bad leaves and put them in salted water for about 20 minutes to clean them. I have the recipe for the most simple of keerai preparations, use the leaves and stem they are after all thandu keerai. The tender stems can be used but discard the ones that are too thick, they are stringy.

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There is a also a plant quiz in there to spice it up.


Ingredients

1. 2 1/2 cups of roughly chopped greens (thandu keerai)
2. 1/2 onion diced
3. 3 slit green chillies
4. 1/4 tsp cumin powder, freshly ground black pepper
5. seasoning, cumin mustard
6. 1/4 tsp and few drops of ghee

Method
1. In a pressure cooker or pan, heat the oil and ghee and add the seasonings
2. Add the onion and saute till translucent
3. Add the green chillies and the cumin powder and some fresh ground black pepper
4. Add the greens and salt and mix well. (don't add any extra water)
5. Close the lid for one whistle.
6. Mash the greens with a mathu or using the back of a laddle.


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Serve with rice.

I like to do this in the cooker because I feel it preserves all the nutrients without getting them evaporated.


Off to India for the summer. Hoping to check in every now and then. Have a great summer y'all.

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Can you spot the Vegetable? What Veggie is it?

18 comments:

  1. have a good trip, I am feeling J.
    I love thandu keerai , after i make the keerai, I mix it in rice and ghee and eat it with puzhi kolambu on the side

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  2. Wow, growing thotakura (amranthus) in your garden..:). Lovely.
    Have a great vacation!!

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  3. Thank you sooo much for the GBP entry! Hope to see more of your wonderful garden.

    Isint that cucumber?

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  4. Zucchini I am guessing?

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  5. HI isn,
    hey thota koora.
    Happy VAcation.
    Vineela

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  6. Have a great vacation.

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  7. Hi- Is the plant celery?

    I love this. We call it keerai masiyal. For me, this is best with tomato rasam.

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  8. It's a Zucchini

    -sowmya

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  9. thanks you guys I am indeed having a great vacation so far, and thanks everybody for trying to guess the plant, it is infact a Zucchini, Kalyn and Sowmya you guessed it right. I love Zucchini plants they fruit prolificly atleast one or two every week.

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  10. Hi,

    Quite amaed to see u grow keerai..wow! Btw thought u might be interested: it's best to cook keerai in an open pan to let some of the (undesirable) volatile acids in it to evaporate. Still tryin to find some sources on the web for more info on this..maybe u might wanna try too.

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  11. Hi,

    Quite amazed to see u grow keerai..wow! Btw thought u might be interested: it's best to cook keerai in an open pan to let some of the (undesirable) volatile acids in it to evaporate. Still tryin to find some sources on the web for more info on this..maybe u might wanna try too.

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  12. Your greens look so good. Have a great vacation

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  14. wish I could get this keerai here...Enjoy your summer vacation!!

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  15. Hi,
    Have a nice vacation!!

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  16. its a good trip and its should make us happy.thank you

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  17. I posted a recipe for making 'rakkiri' and was searching the net to see if there were other recipes of the same. I think you keerai kadanjathu is the same. But I (rather we at home) don't use a pressure cooker to cook the greens. We cook it for a couple of minutes in boiling water.

    -OT

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