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Easy Spinach / Cheera Thoran! - Salt and Sour

Easy Spinach / Cheera Thoran!


I love spinach, be it the common red or green version which are easily available in Kerala. Here in Singapore, I have not seen them anywhere else other than Little India. Here, I have used the chinese baby spinach which is commonly available in the local markets. Spinach or Cheera is the only veggie I craved for during my pregnancy period. It is so good for grown ups and the best for kids.

This is just an easy and a common recipe. Let us take a very quick look at it. 

You will need:

  1. Spinach- one bunch, 250 gms approx.
  2. Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
  3. Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  4. Cumin powder or seeds-1/4 tsp
  5. Garlic- 3 cloves crushed.
  6. Chilli powder-1/4 tsp or more.
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, urid dal(optional) and dried red chillies for seasoning.


  • Cut off the spinach roots if any. Wash in running water minimum three times to remove dirt or soil, if any. Chop them and keep aside.
  • Coarse grind the coconut, cumin, turmeric powder and chilli powder using the pulse option of the mixer.
  • Mix this with the chopped spinach leaves using hand. Add enough salt. Crush the leaves slightly as you mix.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a saucepan. Pop mustard seeds, urid dal, curry leaves and dried red chillies in this oil.
  • Add the mixture of coconut and spinach now. Saute covered until the leaves become dark and soft.
  • Now, take off the lid and cook for a minute so that the excess water evaporates if any.
  • Serve the spinach thoran with rice.


So simple, isn’t it?

Enjoy cooking.


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  1 comment for “Easy Spinach / Cheera Thoran!

  1. September 30, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    its one of my fav!

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