Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal | Accompaniment for rice

Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal, a healthy accompaniment made from very few ingredients. Poonanganni keerai is known as Alternanthera sessilis or dwarf copper leaf in english. As i had mentioned earlier, the indian store here stock up these kind of rare greens when it's in season. So far, from my past experiences, most of the indian store carry majority of the north indian grocery items & veggies. Some ingredients specific to south india are mostly difficult to source like karupatti(palm jaggery),sunda vathal(dried turkey berries) and some veggies like siru kizhangu and this greens. But luckily here, the indian store stock all the seasonal veggies from throughout India, but you have to be on time to get those, most of the veggies would be out of stock within couple of days of arrival.
When i had first bought this keerai ,prepared kootu with it and it was really good and we both like it a lot, so on the next time, i tried poriyal. As excepted, it was also so good, this greens is so apt for both kootu and poriyal. If you haven't tried poriyal with ponnanganni keerai before, do give it a try. 

Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal

Preparation Time : 1 hr | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ponnanganni Keerai,Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal,Keerai Poriyal Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal, a healthy accompaniment made from very few ingredients. Poonanganni keerai is known as Alternanthera sessilis or dwarf copper leaf in english.
Ponnanganni Keerai - 1/2 bunch
Moong dal - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida powder - 1/8 tsp
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
To grind
Garlic - 2 
Pearl onion - 2
Green Chili -2 
Cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
To Temper
Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Mustard & urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Pearl onion - 1 (chopped)

First remove the leaves from the ponnanganni keerai bunch and chop the leaves roughly into small pieces.In a kadai, bring one cup of water to boil,then add the moong dal and asafoetida powder, Cook the dal till it's half done, then add the ponnanganni keerai.Let it cook until it softens, in the mean time, grind the ingredients listed under "To grind" into coarse mixture.Add that grounded spice mix & enough salt into the keerai, let it cook until all the moisture evaporates.Next add the grated coconut,give a good mix and remove from the flame.Next temper the ingredients listed under "To Temper" and add into the keerai.Tasty and healthy Ponnanganni Keerai Poriyal is ready. Serve it as accompaniment for your meal. We had with rice, sambar.


  • This green takes long time to cook than the other greens.
  • Coconut oil and coconut gives great flavor to this greens. So i highly recommend to use.

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