Keerai Masiyal-This is nothing but a flavourful spinach mash made as an accompaniment to steaming hot rice.We used to love it as kids and roam happily with the green moustaches after having been fed with it.It is so simple to make but super healthy.It is so rich in iron and super yummy when you drizzle with ghee.I feel so nostalgic when I think about my grandmother feeding me this.
Keerai Masiyal Recipe for Babies and Toddlers:
- Keerai Leaves-1 cup
- Garlic Pods-3
- Oil-1 Tsp
- Mustard Seeds-1/4 tsp
- Urad Dhal-1/4 Tsp
- Red Chillies-1
- Thallipu Vadagam-1
1.Clean and wash all the leaves well.
2.Remove all impurities and steam the leaves with the garlic pods.
3.In 10 minutes they would have got cooked well.You can alternatively pressure cook for a whistle.
4.Cool down and grind it(traditionally mashed in a mortar & pestle) with salt.(Skip salt for babies below 6 months).
5.Now temper with the tempering elements.
6.Keerai Masiyal is ready.
Ensure to have removed all flawed keerai before cooking.
You can use arai keerai or thandu keerai or mullai keerai for this. Few use palak too.I have not tried it so far.
No water is required while cooking or mashing.
Cleaning Keerai is bit tricky and important.
Please find the recipe for how to use this with rice.
Thallippu Vadagam is a fryum made with shallots
You can introduce green leaves to babies from 6 months to 8 months of age.
Always have a word with your doctor before offering any new food to babies.
Please consider all family history of allergies before trying any new food.
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