Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Red Swiss Chard Greens Stir Fry/Porial.

I have tried a variety of greens like turnip, collard, mustard  that are available in the US to make stir fry /porial. Each of these tasted good in its own way, but didnt get close to the authentic South Indian keerai porial (stir fry). That includes spinach too as I make only dal with spinach, the porial either turns up a little bitter or gets soggy. Recently I tried a bunch of these Red Swiss Chard for a simple stir fry with shredded coconut and am hooked to the taste ever since. It tastes more like 'Ponnanganni Keerai' that we get in back home in Chennai. (I am a great fan of that one)
 Do try this porial when you get a chance to grab a bunch of these Chard, it has such delicate taste and flavor.


Ingredients:
1 bunch of Red Swiss Chard
1 small onion finely chopped
2 green chillies/red chillies(optional)
2 tblsp shredded coconut (optional)

for tempering:
1 tsp mustard
2 tsp urad dhal
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds

Method:

Wash the Greens well. Remove the thick part of the center stalk and then chop the greens finely
In a pan add 2 tsp of oil. When the oil is hot add the mustard, urad dhal and jeera seeds. (If using red chilli add it at this stage).
When the mustard pops, add the chopped onion, and slit green chilies
Fry till translucent .Now add the chopped greens and stir to wilt. Add salt to taste.
Reduce the flame to low, cover and cook for about 10 mins. ( no need to add water.)
Add 2 tblsp of shredded coconut , mix and switch of the stove.


Notes:
Reduce the flame to 'low' after wilting.
Do not discard the stems. Store it in a ziplog bag and use them when making sambhar or dhal, tastes delicious.
Coconut is completely optional. I did not use in this picture.


14 comments:

Prathibha said...

I made the same stir fry wid amaranth 2day..looks yumm

Poonam Borkar said...

looks delicious!!
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Anonymous said...

Very healthy and yummy side dish.

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cfp123 said...

Really Yummy!!!
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Suja Manoj said...

Healthy poriyal,perfect side dish for rice..

Priya said...

Wat a healthy stir fry,simply love to have a bowl of rice..

Anu said...

Yum stir fry

Sravs said...

Quite a new veggie to me !!! Looks healthy :)

Sayantani said...

perfect summer recipe.

Mahi said...

Never bought these greens~~now I can give it a try! thank you! ;)

I prepare spinach poriyal the same way,and didn't get the bitter taste. With rice or roti's, we love it a lot Sumi! May be some problems with east coast spinach?! :)

Sobha Shyam said...

i have never tried this green variety, healthy n delicious one for sure :)

Spice up the Curry said...

looks great. love it

maha said...

nice one n easy to make..
Maha

Cham said...

I like swiss chard porial is something closer to our greens.
Good one!

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