Keerai Paruppu Sadham

Cooks in : 10 min Serves: 2 people

Arai Keerai/Spleen Amaranth leaves are highly nutritious and they are widely used in almost all parts of India. Generally simple mash or gravy with lentils are made. I used these leaves and moong dal to get a balanced healthy rice variety with foxtail millet.


  • 1/2 Cup Foxtail Millet
  • 2 Cups (packed) Chopped Spleen Amaranth/Arai Keerai Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Moong dal
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 2 Tbsp Roasted Peanuts
  • 1/2 Tsp Crushed Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Slit Green Chillies
  • 1/8 Tsp Asafoetida


Wash and soak the millet and dal for 30 minutes and drain.

In a 2 Ltr Pressure Cooker add as folllows:

  • Layer 1: 2 Tbsp oil
  • Layer 2: Green Chillies, Cumin Seeds, Pepper
  • Layer 3: Chopped Tomatoes
  • Layer4: 1 Cup keerai/leaves
  • Layer 5: Drained Millet and dal
  • Layer 6: 1 Cup leaves
  • Layer 7: Salt, turmeric powder, coconut, asafoetida.

Pour 1/4 Cup water from sides without disturbing the set up. Pour 3 tsp of water on top. Cook on high for 3 whistles. Open after pressure settles down.

On opening it may look under cooked. Fluff up and keep covered for 10 minutes.  Mix in roasted peanuts. A well cooked perfectly balanced healthy rice ready! Serve with any raitha or dal.


  1. Tried this today with methi leaves, used 7 green chillies instead of 2 to satisfy my telugu palette, taste is out of the world. This is going to be my mood lifting dish from here on. Thank you for the awesome recipe.

    1. Hi Ramya
      Any greens can be used for this recipe and I’m glad that you tried with methi leaves and loved it! This is a one pot whole meal recipe and as you said, tastes awesome!! I’ve shared methi matar pulav also. Try that if you want a different taste. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

  2. Tried your Keerai paruppu Sadham with little millet. Each and every portion till the end I enjoyed my lunch. Very healthy recipe. Felt happy and tummy ????????

    1. Hi Sugan,
      This is a great whole meal recipe which I enjoy very much. Thanks so much for trying and glad to know that you liked it.

    1. Hi Suganya,
      This recipe is a whole meal by itself!! Comes out perfect and tastes delicious!! Thanks for trying and sharing your experience.

  3. Made this today. The measurements were perfect and the dish turned out to be yummy. This is my keeper recipe and is going to be my all time favourite. Thanks for this.

    1. Hi Ramaji,
      Thanks for the immediate validation. Happy to know that it came out well and you liked it.

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