Skip to main content

Nadan Cheera Thoran / Spinach Stir Fry

Nadan Cheera Thoran or spinach stir fry with coconut is an everyday side dish for rice. In Kerala, cheera (a variety of spinach) is grown in the backyards, most popular are the "red cheera" and the "green cheera".
Now-a-days we get them in local vegetable shops, but I stay away from them after reading about them being sprayed at with pesticides. So when I got this organic one from a friend's farm, I was thrilled to bits!!
Its been a long time since I made "cheera thoran" with farm fresh one. I do have to mention that it tasted so yum with hot white rice. Living in the 3rd floor of an apartment has its disadvantages and when I got a huge bundle of this...I was so overjoyed!!

Cheera/Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxitants; it is available in different colurs. Including greens in your family's diet is a must, especially in your kids diet. This side dish is very vegan and healthy made with coconut and coconut oil. I used shallots (cheriya ulli) to bring in the authentic country (nadan) taste. The addition of raw rice to the oil makes it more flavorful. I am sure you will love this easy stir fry.....which is perfect with plain rice or chappathi.

Lets learn to make this easy and quick but healthy side dish, which can make your lunch extra healthy and special.

Author: Nisa Homey
Serves: 2 to 3
Cooking time: 5-7 min.

Pacha Cheera (Spinach): 1 large bunch.
Shallots (cheriya ulli): 3 or 4.
Green Chilly: 1 large or 2 medium.
Garlic: 2 cloves.
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp.
Freshly scraped coconut: 1/2 to 3/4 cup.
Mustard seeds: 1/4 tsp.
Matta rice: 1/2 tsp.
Shallots (cheriya ulli): 2 or 3, sliced.
Coconut oil: 1 tbsp.
Salt to taste

Wash the spinach thoroughly, and keep it in a colander for a few minutes. Chop them up finely. Keep them aside.

 Add the scraped coconut in the dry grinder/chutney grinder along with the shallots, turmeric, green chilly, and garlic cloves. Grind them coarsely without adding any water....just pulse them twice. Keep them aside.

Heat a kadai or pan or "cheena chatti". Add in coconut oil, add in the mustard seeds, once it starts to crack add in the matta rice...simmer the fire and then add in the chopped shallots (cheriya ulli)

Once the shallots (cheriya ulli) has lightly browned, add in the chopped spinach. On high flame cook for 1 min. Spinach will start to release water and wilt quickly if it is fresh, and once the water is evaporated. Add in salt and stir well.

Now simmer the fire and add in the coconut mix, cover with a lid for a minute. Open lid and stir everything together.....stir for another min or two. Serve hot.

Serve hot with rice or roti. 
Enjoy this traditional vegan dish with your family.


  1. A simple and delicious stir-fry, Nisa.

  2. Yup nice! Thank you but what is matta rice?.

  3. What an interesting stirfry. I don't think of spinach as a stirfry ingredient, but you have convinced me otherwise, which is not surprising. :) Great dish!

  4. good one .But expecting variety receipe from you Nisa

  5. Thoran looks so healthy and inviting. Excellent preparation.

  6. very healthy n delicious fry...

  7. wow! my favourite! makes me think of home...
    though, adding matta ari is new to me.. never tried it that way..
    actually enthina matta ari cherkunnathu?

    1. May I know What is matta ari?

    2. Matta rice is unpolished parboiled brown rice ..hope this helps :)

  8. thank you so much. So happy to present a healthy, delicious dish in my first attempt with vegetables :)


Post a Comment

Thanks a lot for visiting my space. Your comments, suggestions, criticism and all opinions are very much appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and have a nice day.

Popular posts from this blog

Turmeric Tea Mix Recipe For Weight Loss - Homemade/DIY (Golden) Turmeric Tea Mix

turmeric tea mix - diy turmeric mix to make turmeric tea or golden milk. turmeric tea for weight loss, for a flat belly, stomach bloating, and for overall health. this homemade mix is an excellent fat burner and also will boost immunity. have this on empty stomach in the morning for best results. the active ingredient in turmeric known as curcumin has powerful anti inflammatory effects and is a strong anti oxidant. curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body and that is the reason inspite of us Indians having lots of turmeric in our diet, do not get its full benefits. black pepper is the one natural ingredient that helps the curcumin to be absorbed into the body by around 2000%, wow! So, do not skip black pepper when taking turmeric. All the ingredients I used in this homemade turmeric tea mix are locally acquired and organic. curcumin/turmeric is fat soluble so it is also a good option to have a warm cup after a heavy meal. studies shows that turmeric can prevent cancer, h

Puff Pastry Recipe - Homemade Puff Pastry

Puff pastry recipe : Homemade puff pastry in 15 minutes, can you believe that??  Bakery style  Puff pastry is so easy to make at home that you will never buy greasy bakery puffs. The best thing about this puff pastry recipe is that; it does not need any refrigeration (chilling the dough) or any other so called difficult method, you may see when you google for "puff pastry" Easy puff pastry can be made with the most basic ingredients and in under 15 minutes. Back in the 80's amma started making puffs at home; which my two brothers and myself used to enjoy a lot. She mostly used to make this for special occasions; like when a friend dropped in or when we long for something bakery style. Fast-forward to 2014; my daughter, Nidhi loves puffs and I have been asking amma to teach me how to make and somehow things did not work out when I last visited her. Right now she is visiting us here in Calicut and I coaxed and buttered her to show me how to make puffs. The

Caramel Pudding Recipe - Caramel Custard Recipe

Caramel pudding recipe;  a delicious traditional dessert with creamy caramel over silky custard. Caramel custard is my favorite pudding. All through my childhood, amma makes caramel pudding as a Sunday special.....achachen (my dad) love only this pudding...... 42 years of serving caramel pudding to him has made amma, a sort of an authority on caramel pudding recipe! Ah yes, like always this is amma's recipe. It is her signature, no-fail recipe. of caramel custard. Okay lets talk about this pudding!!  I used 4 eggs because amma said so  eggs are the show stopper here :) is needed to make the pudding silky-satin, and stand tall....and yes it will not you may wonder....won't this be eggy!!smelly!! I promise it won't....there wouldn't be too much eggy flavor! caramel flavor can do wonders!! Believe me!! I am using my steamer or appachembu as it is known locally to cook the pudding. While the pudding is steaming, it is import