Keerai Rice

This spinach (keerai) rice can be served for lunch or dinner along with papad and or vegetable chips.

Keerai Rice

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by S Kamala Course: MainCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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This flavored rice can be served for lunch or dinner along with papad and or vegetable chips.


  • Rice – 1 cup

  • Any greens (keerai) – 1 big bunch

  • Onion – 1 No

  • Tomato – 1 No

  • Garlic flakes – 4 Nos

  • Green Chillies – 2 Nos

  • Sambar Powder – 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder – a pinch

  • Oil – 1 tablespoon

  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon

  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

  • Peanut – 1 tablespoon (optional)

  • Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon (optional)


  • Cook the rice until it’s soft.
  • Wash the greens (keerai) and chop it finely.
  • Chop the onion. Slit the green chillies into two. Chop the tomatoes finely. Crush or chop finely the garlic.
  • In a wok (kadai) add the oil and when it is hot add mustard. When pops up add urad dhal, peanut, cashew nut and fry till it turns light brown.
  • Add chopped onion, green chillies, garlic and fry well.
  • Then add tomato pieces and fry for few seconds.
  • Add sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  • Add chopped greens and stir well. Reduce the heat and stir now and then. No need to add water.
  • The greens (Keerai) will get cooked in its own water content. Stir fry till all the water content in the Keerai is absorbed. Add the cooked rice and mix well.


  1. I look at your website for cooking most of my dishes.Thanks for your precise and simple recipes.

    I have one general question.

    How do you measure 1 cup? I bought a measuring cup from store which indicates 1 cup = 8 ounces.
    Is it same in your recipes?

    I just wanted to know this, because i would increase or decrease quantity of other ingredients accordingly.

    Kindly clarify.


  2. Hi Subha

    Thank you for visiting my site and your comments.

    The cup I mentioned in my recipes are normally the size of tea cup which is also equivalent to the measuring cup which we get along with rice cookers. Yes. the measuring cup you mentioned (8 ounce) is more or less same.

  3. Hey kamala ,
    thanks alot for the amazing dish. I just cooked this and the dish looks the same as in pic and tastes too good… 🙂

    Keep posting….

  4. Tried this recipe………very tasty and just came out as it is shown in the photo…..everyone liked this very much….thanks a lot mam….

  5. I made this today. It was easy & fast to cook and came out delicious. It was a complete meal. Thank you very much.

  6. Bharathisivakumar

    Hello Kamala mam!
    I tried this keerai sadam many times and every time it’s not available for me to eat! My son love this rice very much! Thank you so much for such a nice and yet very simple one too!!!

  7. R.Radhakrishnan

    Of hundreds of Cookery sites I visited, the Best cookery Blog I have ever come across.Even as a beginner, I am able to cook tastely following the instructions given. Simple desi dishes, all intricacies well explained and the ingredients are really desi. This is a great service for connosieurs. Hats off to Ms.Kamala

  8. your keerai(greens) dishes are amazing keep going

  9. Tried this with spinach. Must have gone wrong somewhere. Pretty bland.

    • Hi Tasneem,

      When you add green chillies and sambar powder to this rice preparation, the rice will not be bland. I am not sure what type of chilli powder you used in this. If you feel it is bland, add more sambar powder or green chillies to get the spicy taste.

  10. Tried this recipe, and loved it! Tasted wonderful, but I couldn’t fry the peanuts much, since the cashews and urad dal was starting to brown a bit too much. Will be definitely making this again! Many thanks!

  11. Tried this recipe for my hubby as his lunch. Loved it. Came out yummy. Thanks for sharing such easy tasty and healthy recipes

  12. Two months before that was the first time i used your site and tried this recipe. came out very well. after that i have tried so many recipes from yours. everything was came out well. thanks for giving such recipes and keep posting.

  13. Hi Kamala, I’m new to cooking… prepared Keerai rice strictly as per instructions and it came out very well… Delicious! Thanks a lot. I’ll definitely follow some other items in your site…

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