Spinach / Cheera Thoran


The Amaranth or red spinach is a very nutritional leafy vegetable used very commonly as a side dish for rice. Both green and red spinach are edible. It doesn’t need more time to cook. Here we can see the Kerala preparation of this as a side dish.


  • Cheera/Spinach chopped fine – 2 cups
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Shallots chopped – 5
  • Green chilies  – 4, chopped
  • Garlic – 3
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – a sprig


  1. Grind grated coconut, turmeric powder, green chilies, cumin seeds and garlic into a coarse paste and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds into it.Allow it to splutter,then add curry leaves,shallots stir and add the chopped spinach.Stir for few minutes and mix in the ground paste.
  3. Add salt, stir and cook until all the water evaporates and it becomes dry.Serve with rice.

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