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Cheera Thoran !! (Kerala Spinach with crushed coconut)

Here is one leafy vegetable I loved most in life ! Far away at my village in Kerala,we have a very informal relation with this spinach,which we fondly call cheera  and grow in batches in between banana plants or under a nearby coconut tree.A usual scene in most of the households may be the sudden plucking of these cheera just before lunch depending upon the menu they are planning.Even today I consider it as one of the pretty nostalgic memories of home !!
This is my own recipe for naadan cheera we get in Kerala.Since I am convinced myself the idea of adding garlic or jeera/cumin to this thoran make it rather alien in flavour,I have confined it to simple and real as I can..


  • Bunch of spinach/cheera
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

To crush

  • 3 shallots
  • 1 green chilly
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp chilly powder
  • Salt as needed (wiser to use less.As cheera wilts and shrinks,there is a always a chance to end up in more.)


  • Wash spinach thoroughly and keep in a strainer to remove water.Chop it fine after some time.
  • Crush the coconut along with others mentioned in ‘crush’ section
  • Heat  coconut oil in a skillet and drop the chopped spinach.Mix it slowly with a spoon. The heat should be high.
  • When the spinach start wilting,make a well in the middle and put the coconut mixture in this.Now bring the spinach over this and reduce the flame.Cook it for one minute.
  • Again saute well and check seasoning.Add salt if needed.Shift to the high flame mode and make it dry.
  • Serve hot with Rice.


4 comments on “Cheera Thoran !! (Kerala Spinach with crushed coconut)

  1. kaarasaaram.com
    February 12, 2011

    Lovely stir fry… the way you have narrated makes me nostalgic…. sometimes the most simple dishes tastes the best…. this stir fry is one of them… lovely..


  2. Mélange
    February 16, 2011

    Thanks Reva.I appreciate your time for that sincere comment.


  3. Arti
    April 29, 2013

    My husband loves it………Thanks a lot for the recipe..:)


  4. Arti
    April 29, 2013

    My husband loves it…thanks a lot for the recipe….!!!


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This entry was posted on February 12, 2011 by in Spinach (ചീര), Veg dry.


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