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Pasalai keerai meen poriyal

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.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword Pasalai keerai meen poriyal, pasalai keerai poriyal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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