Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal

This Poriyal can be prepared with any available Keerai. However, Ponnanganni Keerai has a crispy texture and perfect for poriyal. It also improves eye sight, complexion and reduces flabbiness. It is good for Piles complaints too.

Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: PoriyalCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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A spinach recipe made with Ponnanganni Keerai


  • Ponnanganni Keerai – 1 bunch

  • Green Gram Dhal – 2 tablespoons

  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch

  • Coconut Gratings – 1 or 2 tablespoons

  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Red Chillies – 2 to 3

  • Asafotida powder – a pinch

  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Pluck the leaves from the stem and wash it well. Chop finely and keep aside.
  • Cook green gram dhal with a pinch of turmeric till it is soft (3/4th cooking) and firm.
  • In a kadai put the oil and when it is hot add mustard.
  • When it pops up, add urad dhal, asafotida powder and fry till the dhal turn light brown.
  • Break the red chillies into small pieces and add and fry for a second.
  • Then add the chopped greens and stir well.
  • Close with a lid and cook on low flame for few seconds. (No need to add water).
  • Open the lid and stir it well. Add salt and again cook it for few more seconds or the keerai is dry without any water content.
  • Add cooked dhal and coconut gratings.
  • Mix well and keep it on low flame for few seconds and remove.


  1. A very good recipe. My mother uses the stem of the plant also. She cuts them into very small pieces. Without turdal, she prepares it with ground cocoanut masaala. Medicinal qualities of this greens are proven in day to day practice. Thank you for preserving our tradition.

  2. henakatha krishnan

    it is really delicious.

  3. Rajkumar Kumaresan

    I happened to stumble upon your blog while browsing for ponnaganni keerai recipes. I tried this poriyal. It is delectable& yummy !

  4. My wife tried this recipe. very tasty. thanks to kamala madam.

  5. Dear Kamala Madam,
    Thank you for the collective keerai recipes.

    Can I use the stem as well ? Expecially for Ponnankanni Keerai, removing stems seems to be very very tedious.

  6. Hi

    I tried this today and it was totally yummy 🙂 Thanks! for sharing the recipe.

    Best Regards

  7. Tried ponnaganni keerai recipe. Very tasty. Thank you

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