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Mulai Keerai Masiyal (Red Amaranth-Dal Mash) (greens)

September 6, 2011
Greens (from the family of spinach) are an important constituent of Indian cuisine, in any state for that matter.   While in north, only the regular spinach (regular paalak) is usually used in cooking, in south we use atleast some 10-15 types of greens in everyday meals.  Featuring here an important type of greens cooked in our Madras homes – the Red Amaranth.
We normally use only earthenware for mashing greens and a wooden stub like ladle.

Recipe: Take a bunch of pink & green palak (it is called ‘molai keerai’ in tamil) (Red Amaranth in Hindi)- this is merely a variant of green. all said, this is mostly available in south of India only because my sis Jay says this is nowhere to be seen in mumbai.Take a bunch of pink-green amaranth (shall refer from here on as palak), cut of the stalks if they are thick, but do remember to cut them to small pieces and add to the palak if they are tender.Rinse the palak thoroughly in water many time so the soil particles are removed completely. better to use running water for this. rinse half a cup of tuar dal in pressure cooker and add chopped onion, tomato, green chilli and 4-5 garlic flakes to the dal. add the cleansed palak finally after straining water. pressure cook all this on low flame upto 6-7 whistles. after the cooker loses steam completely, slowly pull off the lid and pour the contents into an earthenware pot as shown in the picture. mash with a wooden ladle to get a fine consistency.for sauteing, add 1-2 red chillies torn and de-seeded, 1-2 garlic cloves and a tsp each of mustard seeds and cumin seeds. heat a tsp on oil in a pan and add the ingredients to saute and wait for spluttering. take off and add this to the mashed palak-dal.

Palak-dal is now ready to serve with rice, naan, parathas, puris whatever. This rare species of palak contains the element of gold which is extremely difficult to find in any other vegetation on earth. the pink colour is attributed to the presence of gold. most natural way to consume gold and cheapest too.

One takes in iron in many forms – even as supplements. but just think about eating gold via vegetables! god given gift to humans.


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