Paruppu Keerai Sambhar/Purslane Leaves Sambhar (No Tamarind)

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Friday, July 06, 2012

In my Previous post of Paruppu Keerai with Masoor Dal i have told the health benefits of this Humble, yet healthy Greens. I try to cook them whenever i get them. This Green can be cooked with various dal to give a different taste, so you dont get bored eating the same thing again and again. Here is another Tasty and Tangy recipe using this Keerai/Green.
2 Medium Bunches of Paruppu Keerai/Purslane Leaves (approxiamely 3 cups)
1/2 Cup Toor Dal/Pigeon Peas
2 Medium Size Tomato, chopped or 3 tbsp Tomato Puree
2 tsp Sambhar Powder (Homemade/Store bought)
2 tsp Freshly grated Coconut
Salt to taste
1-2 tsp Canola Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 Red Chilies, round variety, crushed
1/4 tsp Methi Seeds/Fenugreek Seeds
1/4 tsp hing
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 sprigs of curry leaves

  • Pressure Cook Toor Dal/Pigeon Peas with little turmeric for 3 whistles or until soft. Wash, Clean and Chop Paruppu Keerai/Purslane Leaves. 
  • Heat Oil given under "Tempering" in a Non-Stick Pan, Splutter mustard seeds, add hing, curry leaves, methi/fenugreek seeds, crushed red chilies and saute for a minute.
  • Add Chopped Tomatoes or Tomato Puree and add 1/2 Cup of Water. Add Sambhar Powder and Cook until Tomatoes are soft and oil separates.
  • Add Chopped Purslane Leaves and another 1/2 cup of Water. Add Salt and Coconut. Mix well. 
  • Let this Cook for 15 minutes. By this time, the sambhar would have turned to a thick gravy. If it is too runny, let it sit for 5 more minutes.
  • When thick gravy consistency is reached, switch off the flame. Serve Hot with Rice or Relish it with Roti's too, i prefer both.
Sending this to Show Me your HITS - Lentils and Legumes, happening @ Nalini's Kitchen, Event by Sangeetha, MLLA- 49, happening @ Briciole, Event by Susan.

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  1. Fingerlicking,super comforting sambhar.

  2. Perfect Keerai Sambar...

  3. This is divine... I am a great sambar fan..never get tired of it..

  4. I never knew that these leaves are edible. Delicious sambar.

  5. awesome and mouth watering sambar.

  6. Nice and healthy sambhar,love to have it with rice..thanks for linking to the event...

  7. What a nice dish with purslane. You are so right: humble but healthy and also tasty. Thank you so much for contributing to My Legume Love Affair.


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