Basela with fish stir fry/Malabar spinach with fish stir fry

Pasalai keerai meen poriyal


This basela with fish stir fry was a sudden idea, but it worked out unexpectedly so well that I had to share the recipe. It occurred to me when I was thinking about what to do with the excess fish meat that I had after making fish cutlet.

These greens are power-packed with nutrients, but I used them once in a blue moon coz of their slimy nature which I was not ok with.

Researching for my greens glossary, I got to know more about the goodness of these greens. And when I came across some of these in my backyard, I had to put them into use.

The South East Asians, as well as our Mangaloreans, are already cooking this with shrimps. So I thought, why not basela with fish stir fry?

And it turned out so well, that hubby could not find out that there was fish in it 😀  . It was neither mucilaginous nor smelling of fish.

Revealing my small secret here 🙂  – adding cumin powder and garam masala to fish recipes will nullify the fish smell. I just added a pinch in this recipe.

The fish is steamed and roughly shredded, after removing the bones. Also, I have added a bit of cooked tur dal, to minimize the mild bitterness that most greens have.

These greens complement the fish so well that it seems like a match made in heaven 😀  .

Do give it a try and I am sure, you will love as much as we did.

Over to the recipe

Basela with fish stir-fry/ Malabar spinach with fish stir -fry
This delicious combo of fish with Malabar spinach is a match made in heaven. Simple yet so good.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: Pasalai keerai meen poriyal, pasalai keerai poriyal
Servings: 2 people
Author: Hema Magesh
  • a handful Basela/Malabar spinach/Pasalai keerai (80g)
  • ½ cup steamed and shredded fish
  • ½ big onion
  • few red chillies
  • 2 tsp oil
  • tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp urad dal
  • a pinch turmeric powder
  • a pinch cumin powder
  • a pinch garam masala powder
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tsp cooked tur dal(pigeon peas) (optional)
  • Clean the Malabar spinach, wash and chop them finely. Chop the onions and get the other ingredients ready.
    Malabar spinach with fish stir fry step 1
  • In a pan take the oil and add the mustard seeds, urad dal, and red chillies. Once the mustard splutters add the onions and saute till they become translucent.
  • Next, add the chopped greens, turmeric powder, salt, and tur dal(if you are using it) and saute for half a minute. Add a bit of water and let it cook.
    Malabar spinach with fish stir fry step 2
  • Once it is cooked, add the fish and the cumin and garam masala powders. Saute till the fish is completely mixed into the greens.
  • Taste test and turn off the flame. Serve with rice.
    Malabar spinach with fish stir fry step 4

Hema’s P.S

  • I had to add a bit of water to cook the greens as they dried up pretty quickly. You may or may not need it.
  • Ensure that you remove all the bones from the steamed fish.
  • Chillies can be added to taste.
  • I added a tsp of dal to the greens as I had it on hand. You can add or ignore.
  • A bit of grated coconut too can be added, though I have not added it here.

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