Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kongu Style Thayir Keerai

Kongu nadu is an area that covers as many as 50 cities. Coimbatore,Erode, Salem and Namakkal are all covered in this region. The Kongu Velala Gounder community is quite prominent in my home district. Schools and marriage halls are named Kongu------ in Namakkal. The cuisine is versatile and liberal use of garlic and spices can be found therein. We get aromatic, strong tasting spices from the Kolli Hills around here that compliments the taste of the cuisine.
This keerai thayir kadanjadhu can be had in any home in my hometown. They have it with rice, Kambu choru or with dosai.
I have just altered a recipe from one of our neighbours to my taste.

1 cup - any variety greens/ spinach (I used Thandu Keerai)
1 Cup – Slightly sour yoghurt
3 long pieces - Dry red chillis
3 pieces Green chillis
1sprig - Curry Leaves
1 tsp - Fenugreek Seeds
2 medium Onions
1” piece Ginger
1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
3 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoon mustard seeds
Salt to taste
Wash the spinach well, chop, pressure cook with turmeric powder and keep aside.
Chop ginger, green chillis, onions and keep aside.
Heat some amount of the oil in a pan, add mustard, red chillis and fenugreek seeds and saute on slow fire.
Add chopped onions, ginger, green chillis and toss further until onions are transparent.
Mash cooked spinach with a masher, and add to the above with the salt.
Remove from the fire and add the yoghurt.
Put this back on the stove and simmer for 5 minutes.
Garnish with curry leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice.
You can add garlic and cloves to give this a masala touch. But that is optional though it is ideally the kongu style.

I wish to send this to RCI - Kongunadu hosted by Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes an event which was intiated by Lakshmi of Veggie Cuisine.


  1. Never heard about this.....nice recipe

  2. never tried this one.. looks yum..

  3. Looks very healthy and easy to cook. I make a similar one which I learned from a Telugu friend :-)

  4. Healthy & yummy..just like a raita with tadka..sounds delicious too...

  5. Heard a lot about it but never tried, looks green and yummy.

  6. Wow thats nice one, I too do curd with keerai but the ingredients u used for this really different feel like trying out immediately.. Have bookmarked it too. Still I did not make tomato pickle so busy with my sons school since it is reopened yesterday totally busy with many stuffs. Hope I can make it next week atleast.

  7. This is a new dish to me!! looks nice.

  8. nice & healthy.. something new to me...

  9. yummy
    We make more keerai which is in a way similar. But ingredients here are totally different. Will try this sometime.

    Thanks for your comment on my tag, Latha.
    Yup u r rite. My b'day is on Aug 22

  10. Delicious perfect entry dear..! Yummmy!

  11. Fabulous and awesome recipe dear:)

  12. Nice one. I have never heard of this recipe. Its so tempting..looks like i have to try it..

  13. New to me,Will try this for sure :)

  14. Never cooked keerai with curd. Sounds interesting.

  15. I have this recipe in one of my cookbooks,never thought of trying,looks good!

  16. Something new to me..lov yogurt based curries..

  17. A very soothing dish..I make it almost the same way except for onions. I love spinach... Now seeing your post, I am going to make this today. Got loads of spinach

  18. this is something new to me, looks yummy!

  19. I ve heard this dish but never tasted, looks divine!

  20. Hi tried this recipe. its a winner! tastes ace thanks for posting it

  21. Hi, thanks for the Recipe. usually my hubby does not like to eat keerai, bt he liked tis, he has asked me to do frequently. thank you..finally i made him to eat keerai...

  22. "Kongu nadu is an area that covers as many as 50 cities."

    Are you aure Kongu nadu covers 50 cities? There are not even 50 cities in Tamil Nadu!

    1. Sorry i shall have to say towns, not cities.


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