Chinese Spinach

I am thankful to the creator of The Popeye show for motivating my son, a picky eater, to have a liking for insipid spinach even at his tender age. This cartoon show made my job easier to convey the importance of taking wholesome food and also made a small kid to understand a profound theory, “we are what we eat”.Β  He did not like to take spinach with rice when he was a kid, instead he enjoyed taking plain spinach just like the great Popeye did. πŸ™‚

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We prepare kadaindha arai keerai (mashed Chinese spinach) and mix with rice to serve as keerai sadam (spinach rice) as shown above mainly for toddlers. For adults & children we serve keerai kadaiyal with rice and tangy morkuzhambu (yogurt curry) or pulikuzhambu (tamarind curry) for lunch as shown below.

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According to Siddha medicine, arai keeraiΒ (Chinese spinach or Amaranth leaves or Amaranthus Aristis) is useful to treat fever, cold, cough, and other pulmonary disorders. So arai keerai masiyal is ideally suitable even for babies and also children who are getting frequent colds.

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Now lets prepare arai keerai masiyal:

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  • A bunch of arai keerai
  • 1 or 2 pods of garlic
  • Β½ tsp of salt

Keerai masiyal preparation:

  • Chop off hard fibrous stems and wash them twice or thrice.
  • Steam arai keerai for 5 min and leave aside until it reaches room temperature.
  • Grind steamed keerai with garlic and salt until smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl and serve with rice.
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  • You may find this unpalatable if too many garlic pods are used in here. (I have garnished with sliced garlic only for presentation.)
  • My grandmother used to add a pinch of slaked lime (chunnambu) while pureeing these greens.
  • You may use any other Amaranth leaves like mulai keerai (Amaranthus blitum), or siru keerai (Amaranthus tricolor) instead of arai keerai.

90 Comments Add yours

  1. Vishnupriya says:

    Wow.. Thanks for the idea… Let me also try for my sonπŸ˜€

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks much for stopping by. πŸ™‚

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  2. Sana says:

    Popeye really did make me crave spinach when I was a kid too! 😁

    1. Megala says:

      Oh, nice! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. My children too detest green, for reasons that I cannot seem to understand but spinach is a staple inspite of all their protests. I use variations of spinach with potatoes, spinach stuffed in parathas. But never found a recipe so simple. Need to look about for this variety of spinach though. As always, my eyes are on your plate with that assortment of yummy delicacies.

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, every mother would feel contented only when her children take enough portion of spinach. πŸ™‚ Hope you would like to reproduce the same meal in your kitchen and you all relish it as much as we did. Thank you!

  4. dpranita583 says:

    Great recipe, i am searching you here in wordpress, now i got you.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks. πŸ™‚

  5. Sunshinysa says:

    Garlic and spinach together, a favourite of ours. Except in a white sauce. Thank you for a new idea!πŸ’ž

    1. Megala says:

      Oh, I would love to see spinach in white sauce, thanks for the inspiration.

      1. Sunshinysa says:

        Its the best. Ladled over a baked potato of penne pasta. The grooves in the penned gets all the sauce and garlic flakes.πŸ’ž

  6. PS says:

    Interesting name!! and I bet it is delicious!!!

    1. Megala says:

      Sure, it was! Thanks.

  7. Sandhya says:

    Great recipe for spinach lovers like me!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks. πŸ™‚

  8. This is a great recipe to have those who don’t like spinach try this way. Lucky for me I do love spinach πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, you are right. Thanks so much.

  9. Loretta says:

    Ha ha, I’m sure your son will devour anything green now if he is following Popeye! πŸ™‚ Great recipe πŸ™‚

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you. πŸ™‚

  10. John says:

    very interesting , good job and thanks for sharing such a good blog.

    1. Megala says:


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