South Indian Spinach Kadhi

How fast can you make a gravy with rice? That too a healthy one without oil or a ton of spices? Try this Spinach Kadhi, you can literally make it more or less in 15 minutes flat! This is also an excellent one pot- no fuss gravy. If you do not want the tempering, this is the easiest dish of all.Now go worry about the side dish instead of the main dish :)

Ingredients (Serves-2)

Spinach- just a handful of fresh baby spinach leaves (do not dump the entire bag of spinach) or 2 cubes of frozen spinach.
Well whisked yogurt- 1 cup
Salt- to taste
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Water- 4 tbsp

To grind:
Unsweetened Coconut- 5 tbsp
Green chilies-4
Cumin seeds- 1 tbsp

To temper:
Oil- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-few
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Broken Red chili-1


Wash and roughly chop the spinach leaves (Do not chop and wash). Heat oil in a pot and add cumin seeds and asafoetida. When the seeds sizzle, add curry leaves, red chili and the chopped spinach. Add salt and turmeric powder and stir fry till the leaves wilt (4-5 minutes). Add little water if necessary to cook the spinach.

Blend coconut, green chilies and cumin seeds to a smooth powder. Add about 2 tbsp of yogurt and blend it to a smooth paste. Now add the remaining yogurt to the blender and blend it well to a creamy paste.

Pour this yogurt mixture into the pot of spinach. Mix well. Let it simmer for only 3-4 minutes till you can see slight bubbles forming at the sides. Do not over cook a gravy with coconut and yogurt. Switch off the stove. Serve hot. Do not keep reheating this gravy, this tastes good at room temperature and will thicken as it cools too.

Serve with rice and Potato Kari, Ennai Kathirkkai, taro root kari (seppenkezhangu) or Plantain Podimas.

Spinach is full of Iron/Folic acid and including spinach once a week is an easy way to get those vitamins also. Are you ready to be the next Popeye?

This Spinach Kadhi is going to Divyas’ Healing Foods- Spinach event, started by Siri.

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12 Comments to “South Indian Spinach Kadhi”

  1. Jyoti says:

    Thats really quick! healthy one..

  2. indosungod says:

    It is good to have a few of these recipes handy for those quick easy cooking days.

  3. I love quick recipes and this sounds like a great one:) Am eating my mom’s head to tell me some good home remedy:) will try n post it soon:)
    Have a nice weekend!

  4. Sounds good and different from what I make and healthy too, I will surely try it.

  5. Very nutritious one, so quick to make it too…recipes is really nice & surely is delicious too..

  6. Pedhakka says:

    I have never used coconut while cooking spinach. Interesting recipe.

  7. sayantani says:

    we love to have kadhi during summer and I often make spinach pakoudi kadhi. would try out your version as this looks very soothing.

  8. Tha’s a good combination of spinach & kadhi…..Forever a HIT!!!!!! But the pic I felt is not too clear….. I could not savor it through my eyes…like I usually do…… Ab iskeliye reedy hai kya? 😉


  9. says:

    Spinach kadhi looks lovely and delicious.Very healthy too.

  10. PJ says:

    spinach kadhi looks so delicious.. i wish i had it for lunch with some rice right now :)

  11. Usha says:

    Reminds me of mor kozhambu, looks delicious ! Loved the idea of adding spinach to it…..

  12. Cham says:

    Good one but when we are in hurry I never thing of trying anything new!

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