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Red Spinach Stir Fry – Coconut Cheera Thoran

March 17, 2015

Red Spinach Stir Fry

Red Spinach Stir Fry also known as Cheera thoran in Kerala is one of the tastiest and protein rich recipe. I am a fan of all kind of leafy vegetables, no matter in what style it is made.

Red spinach also known as lal shaak is very famous in Bengal and Bihar where a traditional meal has to have some leafy vegetable as a side dish. In Maharashtra and Goa Red spinach called as laal maat or tambdi bhaji cooked with a simple seasoning and garnished with lots of coconut.

In Tamil Nadu red spinach is known as amaranth leaves and keerai masiyal recipe is made out of it. In Karnataka these leaves are known as rajgiri or kempu harave soppu and is used to make recipes like huli, palya and majjige huli.

This style of making Spinach is very famous, especially in Kerala. Red spinach stir fry is the combination of spinach, coconut, rice and garlic. This recipe can be served as a side dish along with rice. I like it having with chapati also, and sometimes……just like that. 🙂

So try this authentic Kerala Red spinach stir fry recipe.

Red spinach stir fry

Red Spinach Stir Fry

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 -5
Author: Puja


  • Cheera Red spinach - 3 bunch (I have added some green spinach as well and its optional)
  • Coconut grated - 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
  • Green chilli - 3
  • Rice boiled rice or raw rice - 1 tsp.
  • Red chilli broken - 4
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt - as per the tastes
  • Oil - 2 tsp


  • Wash red spinach properly.
  • Chop the spinach finely.
  • Now heat oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds.
  • When the seeds starts spluttering add raw rice, few curry leaves and red chilli.
  • Add chopped red spinach leaves,turmeric powder and salt. Stir.
  • Grind the coconut and green chilly coarsely and keep it aside.
  • When spinach (cheera) gets cooked add the ground mixture and mix well.
  • Cook in a medium or low flame until it gets dry completely. (stir in between)
  • Serve hot along with rice as a side dish.


Traditionally people uses Puzhukkalari (boiled rice) for cheere thoran, but if you wish you can also use raw rice.
Do not overcook, it is advisable to cook uncovered as leafy vegetables does not take much time to get cooked.
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Puja Darshan

  • I’ve never actually used curry leaves in anything before. Do you think curry power would work in place of the leaves? This looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it!!

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