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Pasalai Keerai Poriyal | Spinach dry curry

Pasalai Keerai Poriyal
 Spinach is known as  Pasalai Keerai in Tamil, Palak in Hindi. Poriyal means dry vegetable curry in Tamil. It is usually made as a side dish to Rice. In my home, my mom prepares at least  one dish with  leafy vegetable. Adults should consume an average of 40 gms of green leafy vegetables daily.  These green leaves are rich in iron. My mom uses fresh leafy vegetables from our garden. Here I buy it in farmer's market. This Pasalai Keerai Poriyal alias Spinach Curry is an easy, quick and healthy dish.  Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Spinach dry curry.
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins 
Ready In: 15 mins
Yields :  2 Servings

Spinach dry curry

1 bunch
1 tbsp
Red chilli
Channa Dal
1 tsp
Urad Dal
1 tsp
Green chillies( slit open) 
Onions chopped
1/2 cup
Garlic (cut Longitudinally)
4 Cloves
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Coriander powder
1 tsp
Shredded coconut
2 tbsp

  • Wash Spinach leaves in running water to remove mud and dirt. Strain the water and chop into small pieces. Heat Oil in a pan. Add mustard and allow it to splutter. Add red chilli, channa dal and urad dal. Fry till channa dal turns golden color. 
Pasalai Keerai Poriyal 1
  • Add green chilli, onions and garlic. Fry till onions turn translucent. Add spinach, salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder. spinach leaves some water. so no need to add extra water. Allow spinach to cook, once all the water is absorbed, add shredded coconut  mix well and switch off the stove. 
Pasalai Keerai Pori 2yal

Pasalai Keerai Poriyal | Spinach dry curry
Pasalai Keerai Poriyal | Spinach dry curry

  • Variations can be done by adding red chilli along with dal.
  • Green chilli can be replaced with chilli powder.
  • Coconut is optional
  • Always wash vegetable and chop it. Nutrients will be lost if we wash the chopped vegetable 
  • Don't close the vessel with lid when spinach is cooking. 
  • I haven't added green chilli in picture.


  1. nice steps and photos..
    Will try it today

  2. Finally i made "Pasalai keerai poriyal" and it tastes good.

    Thanks for the recipe with photos.


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