Keerai Kuzhambu(Tamizhar Style)
Greens Gravy. Hot n Spicy Greens Curry.
Bitter Greens(Vallarai, Manathakali/Sukudi, Mudakkathaan) 1 bowl full leaves alone
Onion 1 large chopped
Country tomatoes 2-3 chopped
Garlic 8-10 semi crushed
Green chilies 3 finely chopped
Tamarind water 1 cup(tamarind paste 1 spoon diluted in water)
Turmeric powder 1/2 spoon
Chili powder 2 spoons
Oil 1 cup
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Asafoetida 1/2 spoon
Chana dal 1/2 spoon
Urad dal 1/2 spoon
Curry leaves few.
In a pan heat few spoons of oil. Add greens and fry them for a while. Add enough salt...cover and cook for 3-5 minuted.
Then in a blender...wet grind the greens to thick paste, using limited water.
In a separate pan. Heat oil. Add green chilies, garlic, onions and tomato....fry them till tender. Further add salt, turmeric, chili powder and tamarind water. Cover and cook till they form a thick gravy.
Now add greens paste to this gravy and cook them over medium flame till one or two boils.
In a separate pan...heat oil. Add mustard, cumin, asafoetida, curry leaves, chana and urad dal. Let it pop and splutter well. Run this seasoning over the gravy.
Serve this gravy along with plain rice. This method of preparating takes away the bitterness of these greens.