The recipe I am about to share is not just very delicious but extremely healthy.There are several greens which have loads of goodness but we tend to be shy in trying them.Today I would like to share with you the goodness of "Green gold-Ponnanganni keerai". True to its name this green is believed to be beneficial in improving eye sight,for clearer complexion,for curing piles & ofcourse for promoting hair growth.
Now that a lot of gyan has been shared lets move on to the recipe =).
Ponnanganni keerai Rice:
- Water amaranth / Ponnanganni keerai :1 bunch (cleaned & washed well-atleast 4-5 rinses)
- Shallots : 7-8 no's(peeled,washed & chopped finely)
- Garlic : 3 flakes(finely chopped)
- Tomatoes :3 (medium sized,chopped finely)
- Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
- Tumeric : 1 tsp
- Red chilly powder : 1- 1 1/2 tsp
- Green chilly : 1(uncut)
- Tamarind pulp :1-2 tbsp
- Mustard seeds : tsp
- Curry leaves : 1 sprig
- Dry red chilly : 2 no's
- Salt : to taste
- Oil : 2 tbsp
- Ghee /Clarified butter : 2 tbsp
- Cooked Rice : 3-4 cups ( amount used for serving 3 adults)
Boil about 1 cup of water in a large sauce pan.When the water comes to a boil add the greens,shallots,tomatoes,green chilly,garlic,cumin & tumeric powder.Cook it covered for about 5-8 mins.Remove and let it cool down to room temperature.Puree this when it cools and set it aside.
Now in a wok add the oil & clarified butter.Add mustard seeds,dry red chilly,curry leaves.When the mustard seeds begin to splutter add the pureed green's mix to it and cook for 5 mins.Now add salt,tamarind pulp,red chilly powder.
When the pureed greens starts emitting oil from the sides,its time to add the cooked rice.Blend everything well.The Keerai rice is ready to be served.It tastes best when eatten hot.
Vaddams / papadam /Vattal & fresh curd go very well as acompaniment with the keerai rice.The rice is quite filling one since w have been generous with the clarified butter =) but trust me your family will love every bit of it.
NB: The pureed green mix (before adding rice to it) could also be eatten as an acompaniment dish with curd rice / jeera rice / coconut rice / plain dhal rice & ofcourse parrupu podi =).
So the choice of serving it is totally your discreation.Do make it & let me know how well your family enjoyed it.
Happy cooking !