Saturday, July 26, 2008

Keerai Mandi (Mulai keerai, Sirukeerai or Araikeerai Mandi)

This keerai mandi recipe is another recipe which again stands as an example for the tasty cooking of chettinad ladies with very few ingredients
Mandi as I have mentioned in one of my recipes before is water collected while washing rice (soaked rice water will be thick).If you can’t find this water at the time of preparation dissolve1/2 teaspoon of rice powder in a cup of water. This keerai mandi is supposed to retain the original taste of the green as no dhal is used. Nowadays with the help of pressure cooker cooking this keerai mandi is a 5 minute job. As all of us are aware of the importance of taking greens regularly in our diet, is eager of finding new recipes. This recipe for sure will be a worth try.

Ingredients
Nicely minced greens-1 bunch (2 cups)
Chopped small onion-10
Small jeera-1 teaspoon
Red chilli-3
Arisi Mandi-1 cup
Method
Wash the keerai before cutting. Cut it into small pieces. Chop the onions too. Keep the mandi also ready. Keep a small cooker or pressure pan in the stove. In 1 teaspoon of oil season the mandi with a teaspoon of small jeera and red chilies. Add the minced onion and sauté well. Now add the keerai also and sauté in low fire for 5 minutes till water comes out of the green. Add the mandi water into the keerai now .Mix well .Add the salt needed also. Close the cooker and pressure cook for 5 to 6 minutes in medium fire. Wait for the pressure to release and open the cooker. Slightly smash the green with a big ladle. I seldom smash it, but I have often heard people telling that they will (kadayirathu) smash it to a smooth paste. There is no need to smash it to a smooth paste.Slightly smash it when it is hot.

15 comments:

Divya Vikram said...

I remember my grandma making this..Thanks for the recipe..

Cham said...

We call it "Keerai thani saru" We make two versions one veg another N-Veg (with small shrimp), in summer time is a very hit menu in my house. But little different, this one is quiet simple and could be made in jiffy :)

Sujatha said...

ah, I just made keerai koottu today and I wish I had seen your recipe before :) Recipe sounds good! I will soon try this one :)

Illatharasi said...

You have taken me to childhood days;) good one:)

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GS said...

Aachi,
Iam looking for vendakkai/mochai kotta mandi recipe. Can you please post it.

Jennifer said...

Solai, I am enjoying seeing all your recipes!! I can't wait to try this one, looks very simple. The mandi preparation is very interesting. I also notice in the photo of ingredients the chilies are not the kind I am used to seeing, yours seem to be a dark, deep dark reddish/black color and are round. What are these kinds of peppers called?

Trendsetters said...

What do you mean by arisi mandi...

Solai Chidambaram said...

go through the blog nicely.I have explained what is arisi mandi

Madhu Pravin said...

Your recipes are really helpful for all beginners... I would like to know the recipe to prepare Manga Mandi... I would like to impress this dish at my in-law's place... It would be really helpful if you could add this one too in your blog... Thank u... :)

meena said...

Thanks for the recipe...

Skl said...

Hello aunty,
We tried this recipe,it was very nice to have with rice,could taste the flavour of the keerai,very easy and fast to make,healthy too,thank you,
Skl

Lindra said...

Hello Aunty,
Can this keerai mandi be given to my 12 and 1/2 month old baby twice a week? Also it would be more helpful and useful if you could post some dishes that can be given for babies eating solids.

Solai Chidambaram said...

yes Lindra,u can give it to 1 year baby.I will try posting good recipes for kids.