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Friday, October 17, 2008

Keerai Sambar Recipe
Keerai sambar is one of our family favorite. Both at mom's place and in-law's place. Initially I never got a hold on this sambar and got it very runny, then later by experience realized that keerai will leave water and have to be careful while adding water. And usually add more dal, sambar powder to make it thicker and spicier otherwise it will be bland.

Keerai sambar recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 20 mins    |  Cook time: 25 mins    Serves: 4


Keerai /spinach - 1 bunch

Toor dal - 1/2 cup

Sambar powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp

Tamarind - 1 gooseberry sized

Small onion - 12

Green/red chilies - 5

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Salt - As needed


Oil - 1 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp

Asafetida - 1/4 tsp

Mustard - 1 tsp

Jeera - 1/2 tsp


  1. Pressure cook toor dal,keep aside and extract tamarind juice.Peel of small onions and slit green chilies.Clean the keerai by washing it well 2-3 times and chop it...not too fine.Heat a kadai with oil and add the items under To Temper table in order.Then add onions and green chillies and fry till onions turn golden brown.
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  3. Add this to the tamarind extract,with salt,turmeric and sambar powder and bring to boil.(Add required water).
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  5. After 2 minutes add the chopped keerai,and turn the keerai so that it gets immersed .
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  7. Boil till keerai gets cooked,check the stem for doneness.Lastly add toor dal and boil for 2 minutes and now keerai sambhar is ready!
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  • We can use any variety of keerai...
  • I have used the stem too,you can use leaves alone..
  • Water should be added carefully-very less,since this sambar should be bit thicker in consistency than our usual sambars.
Serve with rice and ghee on top of it..

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  1. Keerai sambar looks awesome ...

  2. Delicious, just give ma a whole plate of plain rice with it.

  3. even we make it Raks. I always love it. That plate looks delicious.

  4. what a yummy sambhar! love to have it with rice and some curd chilies. BTW, does keerai mean spinach?

    1. spinach is murunga keerai

    2. Spinach is siru keerai, amaranth. Murungai keerai is drumstick leaves

  5. Its looks nice.especially with that hot rice.

  6. Keerai sambar looks yummy...

  7. ,Yes Uma,Keerai mean Indian spinach!

  8. Ive not heard of keerai sambhar before.. nutritious and yummy.

  9. what is keerai raji....i dont have a clue what it is......

  10. Keerai is Indian spinach! :)

  11. Keerai sambar looks good

  12. love ur recipe.Learn alot from you, wishing i know tamil or hindi words for certain ingredients.( I am chinese wife married to an indian boy),really want to learn how to cook indian food from simple and illustrative recipes from yours.Thanks for sharing. http://hellosweetdessert.wordpress.com/

  13. Hi..I made this sambar yesterday and all my family members loved it...Usually we make dhaal palak with dhaal and palak combo but the tamarind and sambar powder and sequence of steps made this sambar so favorable... Thanks Raji...

  14. Tomorrow I will try this recipe....... Looks yummy

  15. Can I use Chana daal instead of toor daal

  16. Can I use Chana daal instead of toor daal

    1. It will change the taste. It will be seen and not blended. If you like that texture, you can try. But its called kootu

  17. may i know why u never added tomato for sambar??????

    1. You can add if you want - sautee after onion and proceed


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