Paruppu Keerai Masiyal

This Paruppu keerai Masiyal also known as keerai kadayal is made with Thoor dhal and spinach (keerai). This healthy dish can be served with steamed rice for lunch and dinner.

You can learn more about the different kinds of spinach and the health benefits here.

Paruppu Keerai Masiyal

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: KootuCuisine: Tamil, IndianDifficulty: Easy


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This Paruppu Keerai Masiyal can be prepared with any type of greens(keerai). This dish also goes by the name keerai kadayal,


  • 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


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


  1. Hi,

    I tried this recipe and came out very well. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Rekha,

    Nice to hear that this masiyal came out well.

  3. whay cant dhal and keeri be cooked together in pressure cooker!

  4. Hi Anshul,

    Cooking time varies for dhal and keerai. Dhal needs more time for cooking than keerai. Keerai needs just two to three minutes for cooking. If you put dhal and keerai together, keerai gets overcooked, loses its valuable vitamins and colour.

  5. this is for all keerai or only for specific …. this is good i tried with siru keerai

    • This Masiyal you can prepare with any Keerai. But “Agathi Keerai” is very crisp and slightly bitter and will not blend with the dhal when you mash it.

  6. Wow.. such an easy recipe.. came out really well.. thank u for sharing

  7. madam, very nice recipe. do we need the keerai to be chopped before cooking.

  8. Priya Bharath

    Wow! Such an easy recipe thanks for posting dis mam!

  9. I cooked pulichcha keerai in cooker (for one whistle) and found slightly bitter. Overcooked??? How to prepare the masiyal with the above green?

  10. Kamala ma’am your recipe for okra and keerai was good. Thank you

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. Kamala. Mam,

    I tried this recipe and it was very nice…

    Thank you!

  18. It came out very well. Every one appreciated me … Especially my hubby … Thank you very much .

  19. Kamala ma’am, excellent recipe, pl tell me whether to use only leaves of paruppu keerai or stem may also be used and my humble suggestion would be cooking greens open , becos toxins (chemicals used while growing or due to pollution) if any would evaporate n then tomatoes, jeera n rest of ingredients may be added

  20. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I tried this and it was so delicious . I did add some fresh coconut milk on it and it was super yummy. Loves from Malaysia.

  21. Excellent recipe. Taste was yummy.

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