09 September, 2009

Keerai Sambar (Spinach Lentil Gravy) and Vazhakkai Mezhukku Paratti/Varatti (Plantain fry)


Keerai Sambar (Spinach Lentil Gravy):-
Keerai Sambar is a simple, quick and very healthy dish to make. It is truly my comfort food. I am personally not very found of sambar, but greens are my favorite. If your kid fusses on eating greens as a side dish, make this for your little one and mix it up with some rice and ghee (clarified butter). It is heavenly.Yum.


1 cup of cooked toor dal/red gram
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
1 cup of baby spinach leaves finely chopped
1 1/4 tsp of tamarind paste
2-3 curry leaves
3 tbl spns of sambar powder
salt to taste


1 tsp of mustard seeds
1 tsp of oil/ghee
2-3 dried red chillies
pinch of asafoetida


Mash the cooked dal and keep aside.
In a pan, add 21/2 cups of water, tamarind paste,sambar powder, curry leaves and turmeric powder. Let this mixture come to boil.
Add the spinach and the mashed dal.
Add salt to taste and cook well for about 15 minutes till you get a thick consistency.
For tempering, heat a pan with ghee. Add mustard and let it crackle. Add the asafoetida and red chillies. Add this to the sambar and mix well.

Vazhakkai Mezhukku Paratti (Plantain fry):-
This is a tasty palakkad iyer dish taught by my dear mother in law/friend, Mrs. Vijayam Srikrishnan. 'Mezhukku' means 'oil' in Malayalam & 'Paratti/Peratti/Varatti' means 'shallow frying something smeared in oil'.


2 raw plantains
5 tbl spns coconut oil
salt to taste
1 t spn of turmeric powder
1 t spn of red chilli powder
1 t spn of mustard seeds
2-3 curry leaves

Cut the plantain and cook it in the microwave for 15 minutes (or till it becomes soft). You can pressure cook too.
Heat the coconut oil in a pan.
Add the mustard seeds and wait till they crackle and fry well. Add curry leaves.
Add the turmeric powder and plantain and fry well till it gets cooked well.
Add salt and red chilli powder and fry well for 10 minutes or till it
becomes crisp.
Serve with rice and sambar/kootan/kootu.

This post is a contribution to IAVW: Indian event hosted by Erbe in cucina and Vaishali. Vaishali has an amazing vegan blog. I really admire her sensitivity towards animals. I wish even I could go without silk,milk,yogurt,leather and wool. I hope someday in my life, I will get to the point where she is now!*hugs*. I am sharing the below awards with you Vaishali.


Preety said...

both looks so yumm..first time here you have nice space with gr8 recipe collection

Sushma Mallya said...

Plantain fry Looks delicious and congraz on all the awards u got...hope u get more and more....

Nithya said...

Yumm yummm sambar and vazhakkai looks tempting too. nice clicks.

priya said...

Wow, sambhar and vazhakkai paratti looks yummy, dear!...Great clicks!.

Jaleela said...

ரொம்ப அருமை,
பாலக் சம்பார் & வாழக்காய் பிரை சூப்பர், நானும் இதுபோல் ஆனால் வேறு முறையில் செய்வதுண்டு.

Preeti Kashyap said...

Hey thanks guys! Appreciate all the encouragement!

Preeti Kashyap said...

I had to ask my husband to decipher that jaleela. But, thanks for the sweet comment!

Preety said...

For gujiyas the press i bought from india itself , you can try in inidan grocery stores if they have but i never saw that here..i know its difficult by hand but when you put the stuffing inside and then fold the gujiya over to make semi circle then you can use fork to close the edges this will give you nice decorative edge and will work perfectly also just go around using back side of fork and pressing gently..i hope this works for you

Preeti Kashyap said...

Hey! thanks so much Preety! I will do mould hunting next time I visit an Indian store.

Jyoti V said...

both looks yumm...nice click too.

Parita said...

Healthy dal and i love plantain fry..m hungry for some now!
congratulations on your awards :)

Vaishali said...

Dear Preeti, congratulations on your well-deserved awards, and I am so touched you shared them with me. Thank you and yes, you did make me feel better with your kind words :)
Your keerai sambar sounds delicious, and that plantain fry-- gosh, it's making my mouth water! Would love to have all of that for lunch right now. Thanks for cooking this for IAVW!

Preeti Kashyap said...


A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That looks so good, you have a beautiful blog with nice collection recipes.

Whitney said...

The plantain fry looks amazing!

Graziana said...

Thank you for joining It's a Vegan World!