Stir-Fried Spinach (Keerai Poriyal)

And talking of the end of the world, ‘Enjoy life while you can’ is an interesting and alarming article about James ‘Gaia’ Lovelock and his thoughts on climate change. Subsequent meandering research on Mr Lovelock somehow lead to this great ranting podcast by Bill Oddie. ‘Spring Watch’ will never be the same.


Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Serves: 2


  • spinach – 250g – stems removed and shredded
  • 1 small onion – chopped
  • mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • lentils – 1/4 tsp
  • garlic – 3 cloves – chopped
  • 2 whole dried chillies
  • salt – 1/2 tsp
  • vegetable oil

Heat the oil in a wok and add the mustard seeds, lentils, garlic and chilli. When it crackles, add the onion and sauté until translucent.

Add the spinach and salt and cook on a low heat until the greens are cooked.

Stir-Fried Spinach (Keerai Poriyal)

Garnish with grated coconut (if you have any).

Serve hot.

Verdict: A great side dish for the main event.

Drink: See Tadka Daal.

Entertainment: See above.

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