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Easy Keerai Masiyal (No Onion and No Garlic) | Keerai Recipes

Easy Keerai Masiyal (No Onion and No Garlic)

Preparation Time: Under 5 minutes
Cooking Time: Under 10 minutes
Makes: 2 persons
Recipe Category: Lunch
Recipe Cuisine: Indian

When I think about Keerai Masiyal, I can only think about the debate that often happens in our family. My dad loves Keerai Masiyal that is mashed with Mathu (Masher). He wants the greens(keerai) to be seen here and there. If Greens (Keerai) is mashed using blender, he feels like eating a Greens paste. My mom makes Keerai Masiyal that is mashed in blender. My brother supports my dad, and I support my mom. I always feel Mathu (masher) takes some time while Blender finishes the work in 2 minutes. Here, I do not have Mathu so I use only blender to mash the Greens(keerai). However, my hubby has no complaints. All he wants is to eat healthy food at the end of the day. I have already posted Keerai Masiyal using onion and garlic. This is another version of Keerai Masiyal which has no onions and garlic. Very simple and easy to make.


Any greens – 1 bunch (I used spinach)
Cumin seeds (jeeragam) – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

To Season

Mustard seeds (kadugu) – 3/4 teaspoon
Urad dal – 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida (perungayam) – a pinch
Red chillies – 2 nos. (add more if desired)
Salt – as desired
Oil – 1/2 teaspoon

Note. The ingredients shown will vary with the original quantity.


1. Wash the spinach well. Cut them roughly into pieces. If the stems are tender, you can use them if not discard the stem. In a cooker, add greens, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, and salt.

Easy Keerai Masiyal (No Onion and No Garlic)


2. Add 1/4 cup of water and pressure cook for one whistle. Wait till the pressure subsides and then open the cooker. Add salt and mash the spinach well using a ladle, or you can also grind it in a blender.

Easy Keerai Masiyal (No Onion and No Garlic)

3. Heat 1/2 teaspoon of oil. Add mustard seeds, urad dal, red chillies and asfoetida. When mustard seeds splutter and urad dal turns light brown, add them to the spinach masiyal.

Easy Keerai Masiyal (No Onion and No Garlic)

Now, Keerai Masiyal (Spinach Masiyal) is ready!

Easy Keerai Masiyal (No Onion and No Garlic)


Serve. You can eat this Keerai Masiyal with the following recipes:

Plantain Poriyal, Simple Cabbage Curry, Avarakkai Verkadalai Poriyal, Beans Paruppu Usili, Brinjal Rajma Masala, Broccoli Usili, Cabbage Capsicum Curry, Cauliflower Poriyal, Chettinadu Cauliflower Fry, Dry Spiced Cabbage, Mushroom Curry, Potato and Egg Poriyal, Potato Podimass, Turnip Poriyal  

Keerai Masiyal



Any Greens – 1 Bunch

Garlic Cloves – 8

Slitted Green Chilli – 1

Salt – 1/2 Teaspoon



1. Wash the greens well and chop it.

2. Boil greens along with green chilli, garlic, and a pinch of salt in slow flame. You need not add water at all.


3. When greens is cooked, mash it finely with a spoon or just grind it coarsely in a blender.



Now, the Keerai Masiyal is ready!

Serve. With Rice and Poriyal & Varuval