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Keerai Thandu Poriyal / Stir Fry

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This is what I prepared using the soft stems of ponnaganni keerai(Click here to see how to prepare Ponnaganni Keerai Stir fry). I have prepared many times using various other stems of other greens. Only thing you have to notice is the stem should be tender and soft.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


Tender stems of any green – 2 cups, chopped

Channa dal – 1/4 cup

Onion – 1 small no, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2-3 nos

Curry leaves – 1 string

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Oil – 2 teaspoons

Turmeric powder – a small pinch

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoons, grated


1) Soak channa dal for 10 minutes.


2) Pressure cook it along with chopped stems. Add 1/4 cup of water to pressure cook. Drain the excess water once pressure cooked.


3) In a pan/ Kadai,  heat oil.

4) Add mustard seeds followed by curry leaves and green chillies when the oil is hot.

5) Add onion. Saute for a minute.

6) Add the stem, channa dal mixture to it. Mix well. Add salt and turmeric powder. Cook for a minute.


7) Add grated coconut. Mix well and turn off the heat.

8) Serve with any of your favourite gravy and steamed rice.


1) You can use dry red chilli instead of green chilli.

2) Make sure not to mushy channa dal and stems.

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Healthy and delicious stir fry..

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Vimitha Durai

Healthy and simple stir fry Uma


Uma…your step by step pictures are so good,…love the poriyal pic too

Saraswathi Ganeshan

Healthier stir fry..Very inviting..


Looks so inviting n delicious!!! And great pics too!


Love the clicks,Uma..Yummy healthy stir fry!
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Thandu poriyal looks yum

Priya Suresh

Such a healthy stir fry, love it..


Wow ! Really its tempting me to taste it right now 🙂


Healthy and delicious curry


I do this similar poriyal with pretty much all vegetables. Even bland vegetables get a make over with channa dal 🙂

Indian Khana

Looks so perfectly done …very yum


Very healthy and perfectly done stir fry


healthy stir-fry..


My mom makes kootu with thandu. will try ur poriyal soon..

Kaveri Venkatesh

Very healthy and nutritious poriyal

Sangeetha M

Very healthy n yummy stri fry, addition of Chana dal looks very colorful n inviting…sure it adds more taste to the dish…nice pics!!


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yummy n healthy stir fry…