Keerai Paruppu (Dhal) Masiyal

Keerai Paruppu (Dhal) Masiyal

This recipe can be prepared with any type of keerai or greens.


  • Keerai (Greens) – 1 bunch
  • Green gram or Thoor dhal – ½ cup
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli – 1
  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon
  • Onion – 1 small
  • Tomato- 1
  • Sambar powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Asafotida Powder – a pinch
  • Oil- 2 tsp
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon


  1. Take Thuvar (toor dhal) or green gram dhal and cook till soft.
  2. Remove the roots and wash the keerai thoroughly. Chop the keerai finely.
  3. Place the chopped keerai in a heavy metal pan. Add jeera, finely chopped tomato, salt, sambar powder and turmeric powder. Close it with a lid.
  4. Cook the keerai in slow flame. No need to add water since the keerai will cook in its own water content.
  5. When the keerai is cooked, add cooked dhal mashed well. Keep the stove in low flame.
  6. Heat a kadai and pour the oil. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds. When they splutter add red chilli, urad dhal, asafotida powder and the finely chopped onion. Fry it for a while and add this to the keerai.
  7. Mash well with thick spoon. Now the Keerai Paruppu Masiyal is ready.


  1. swathy pradip

    Wowww.. it is really delicious.. thanks for this awesome dish mam.. will the same method work out for murungai keerai?

    • You can follow the same method for murungai keerai too. However, it will not get mashed well like other greens, since murungai keerai is krisp.

  2. Hi Kamala,

    Could you use fresh garlic for this recipe? If so when do you add it?
    P.S. I’m not keen on dried garlic flakes.

  3. Hiii mam.. Pls tl me how to make jeera.. Either n sugar r jaggery????

  4. Hi kamala,
    Will it matter if we add greens in dal itself after dal is 3/4th cooked?

    • You can add Keerai in 3/4th cooked dal itself. Actually I add Greens after the dal is fully cooked and allow the greens to cook for only few minutes so that the Greens will not lose its colour.

  5. Today I tried this recipe ,it was very delicious

  6. This is a simple and yet delicious recipe. I make this very frequently at home. Thank you!

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