Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Collard Greens Thanni Saaru

'Thanni Saaru' is a soup like curry, made predominantly with greens and coconut milk. The slightly bitter tasting greens like drumstick leaves, Manathakali keerai, or Agathi keerai are used for this saaru.
 I experimented this dish with the fresh bunch of collard greens. Traditionally it is made with freshly made coconut milk (thin and the thicker version), but I used the coconut milk from the can. This is a great way to use collard greens apart from the porial/stir fry.

3 cups chopped collard greens
1 cup coconut milk from the can
1 cup water
2 green chillies(slit) / red chillies
1 clove garlic, sliced thin
1 medium onion chopped
1 medium tomato chopped
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp fenugreek/methi seeds(optional)
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds.


Wash the Collard greens and remove the center stalk from the leaf. Roll the leaf and chop finely.
Add 2 tsp of oil in a sauce pan.
When the oil is hot add mustard seeds, methi and jeera.
When the mustard pops, add the onion, garlic green chillies and fry till translucent.
Now add the tomatoes and cook till mushy Add the collard greens, and salt.
Add the water, cover and cook in medium heat for atleast 10 minutes. 
Once the greens are cooked, add the coconut milk and give it a stir.
Bring it just to a boil. Switch off just when it becomes frothy. 
Do not over boil or it will become curdled.

Enjoy with hot steamed rice.


Srimathi said...

This recipe is new to me. I just cooked collard greens for dinner. I will try it the next time.

Prathibha said...

different recipe..yummm

Mahi said...

Never tasted this..looks yummy!

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Tina said...

looks delicious...

Sayantani said...

very innovative recipe...looks beautiful.

Hema said...

We make this with manathakkali keerai back in India, nice way to use the collard greens..

Suja Manoj said...

Simple and healthy curry..looks yum

Priya said...

We make thanni saaru with rice washed water, this version sounds interesting and definitely flavourful..

Cham said...

I have blogged this recipe too- great for summer and I am happy to see that u were grown up eating the way i did :)
Usually the rice water is added and small shrimp -it is out of the world.
Good one!

Julie said...

Lovely greens in curry form..looks delicious!

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Sumi said...

@Cham - My mom always make it the way You said. I am glad we have the same taste buds.

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Kanchan said...

quite new to me, looks nice n healthy.

Lubna Karim said...

New to me...looks yum....

Jay said...

very interesting & yummy recipe..thanks for sharing..:)
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Kanan said...

yummy looking dish. love it

Jay said...

healthy & very tempting..very well done..:)
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Gurgaonflowerplaza said...

Mouthwatering here,

Spice up the Curry said...

this is interesting and new to me. as usual beautiful pics

vacanta alanya said...

I`ve tried this recipe and i`m really impressed, it has a very good taste. My both child tried it and they like it a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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Anonymous said...

One of my aunties used to cook ladies finger sothi. We used to have it with string hoppers. So I was searching the net to find the recipie and found . Sometimes my father used to say puli saaru instead of sothi. Also the picture on this blog looks reminds me "sothi". I am going to follow your recipe and use ladies finger instead of collard greens. Would let you know the results.

Rajesh said...

Where can i get Collard green in chennai

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