Cheera Thandu Charu curry / Red Spinach or Red swiss chard stem in yogurt curry


Charu curry (curry with a mild gravy), is one of the permanent dish in a mallu household meal, especially when the menu is one including Choru (rice). Usually curd , coconut milk or grated coconut sauce is the base for this kin of curry, to which some cooked vegetable is added and then boiled again. a.k.a moru curry , thengapal curry etc..I have already posted  such recipes some time back; 

Chomala Cheera ( Red Spinach or the similar one here is Red Swiss chard) is grown in the backyard of the most of the houses in my place . We use the leaves for making stir fries;sometimes both stem and leavesand the stems for making charu curry...This recipe is my mom's favourite , as she says it brings a lot of memories from her hostel days (ie like 4 decades ago) :).Kuthiri choru, a charu curry , and a fish fry..Heaven!!!!!


Ingredients:-
Cheera Thandu ( Red spinach stem , i used red swiss chard's stem) - 8- 10
Green chili slit lengthwise - 3
Plain yogurt/curd - 1 cup
Water - 3-4 tsp( or you can add how much water you want)
Shallots chopped - 2 tsp
Ginger and garlic crushed -  1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - a pinch
Fenu greek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Dried red chiles
Curry Leaves -

Method 
Cut cheera thandu into medium pieces and cook it with green chiles and 1/4 cup water for 8-10 minutes.
Whisk the curd well and add required water to make it in the consistency you want. 
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. when they pop up add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds , dried red chiles and curry leaves and fry for 30 seconds.
Add chopped shallots, ginger and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, a pinch of red chili powder and cooked cheera thandu.
Now switch off the flame and let it cool for 3-4 minutes. Now add the curd and combine well and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or it is heated through. Do not heat this in a high flame because it will curdle.Make sure to stir it continuously while heating .Add salt to taste and serve warm....
Sarah

70 comments:

Priti said...

Great recipe ....next time should use when I get red spinach..looks very gud

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow!!!
looks rich and delicious dear...
lovely clicks :-)

Angie's Recipes said...

As always, excellent photography!
Love the curry dishes, this looks delish!

Susan and Abraham said...

i remember my making this for us, as we had loads of this in our back garden in kolkata

Nostalgia said...

Looks great! I love all thenga aracha curry

? said...

We have similar curries with less spices.

Guna's kitchen said...

yummy luks delicious...beautiful clicks!!!! congratts on ur awards

Nitha said...

Please collect your award from my space too dear ...

The curry looks delish..

An Open Book said...

that is such an awesome picture..love the cute lil containers and the colour combos...

jeyashrisuresh said...

we too make a similar dish with keerai stem.Adding shallots ,ginger and garlic is new to me.Gorgeous pictures.So nice

Pari said...

Lovely clicks dear. Nice curry too.

Priya said...

Such a delectable dish, looks fantastic and tempting, congrats on ur award..

Swathi said...

Charu curry adipoli Sarah. Thanks for sharing the award with me.

Vasavi Suresh said...

Looks yummy. I love the pics. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

shifa firoz said...

delicious curry :) i usually throw the cheera tandu but now will keep and try out ur curry :) congrats on ur award!

Kairali sisters said...

Adipoli thandu curry Sarah..We love it..Cute presentaion and a great color combo.pictures pinne parayandaloo :-)

Also congrats and thanks a lot for the award..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely curry. Congrats on your award

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

WOWOW..Wonderful clicks.Looks great.Charu curry kandittu chorunnan thonunu.yummyy!

Hari Chandana said...

Wowww.. wha ta tempting color.. looks soo delicious dear.. nice presentation !!

Suja Sugathan said...

adipoli charu..never tried this..looks so yummy, will surely give this a try.

Sayali said...

amazing pics...

Kamalika said...

The is grt for sure...but just fallen in love with snaps...awesome shots....

Kamalika said...

The is grt for sure...but just fallen in love with snaps...awesome shots....

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Awesome clicks. The color is so attractive and love to prepare it at home very soon.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Krishnaveni said...

lovely dish, beautiful picture, great

Remy said...

Another great picture.

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Looks healthy and yummy, beautiful click too, congrats on ur award dear....

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

very colorful..love cheera..i went to the grocery store to buy red chard and ended up buying gongura and making gongura dal...

Vrinda said...

Nice recipe Sarah..Congrats n thanx for sharing..

kitchen queen said...

lovely and tempting recipe.

aipi said...

that looks divine.. great recipe n gorgeous pics

Nithya said...

Fantastic click and lovely recipe. I like those ceramic bowls a lot ;)

AdukalaVishesham said...

oh wow long time since i had this curry.. naatile cheera orma vannu... and as usual kidilam pic.. and thank you so much for the award dear...

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Lovely dish and as usual wonderful pics..

panchpakwan said...

Healthy and delicious...
Congarts on award dear..Keep on rocking.

Madhuri said...

Love the curry and the bowl - modern and unique.

Lyndsey said...

What a beautiful dish and it sounds so good!

Akila said...

First time visiting and added immediately to my blog list...

Wonderful blog dear....

When you find time do visit my blog...

RV said...

I love yogurt based gravies that is prepared in Kerala cuisine. Love the yellow, red and green combination on a white backdrop. Great pic Sarah.

Suhaina said...

wow... I did not notice that ur have changed ur blog template. looks very bright and colourful with ur lovely clicks. This spinach stem gravy looks adipoly. Thanks for sharing the award with me dear.
Congrads on ur award and good to know some facts about u.. so u are short tempered... hhhhmmmm ahhh..Paavam Naveen.

kothiyavunu said...

hellooo sarakutty, I have gone out of gear and cant track on time my favorite blogs. I am now off to read the posts I've missed on your blog.
Pinee recipes parayanda..asusual great and nice presentation.:)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

wow - looks very useful...

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Nice recipe, looks yummy and wonderful. I liked those bowls very much. Beautiful click.

Uma said...

nice presentation!

PranisKitchen said...

Thats a delicious charu curry spinach stem.. liked the substitute for red cheera thandu..
congrats on ur awards yarr.. thanks a lot for sharing the same with me..

women-wisdom.com said...

Lovely dish. Looks great and delicious.

Reshmi said...

wht a marvellous presentation sarah...drooling me out...i love the color of curry...u hve a got a magical hand...creative mind....thtz why whtever u doo will become completely successful...truely divine sarah...muahhhh!!!!

Rumana Rawat said...

Wow!!! this is looking so colorful and delicious:)

shanthi said...

Thanks for the award and awesome click . Wonderful curry.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

sarah..im visiting ur blog after long time..never i get time to look into my blog too...baby s keepin me busy..she s 6month old n name is Rithika Raj..i just thought to peep into urs within 2min..thante blog kandittu ente kutti karayunnathu polum sradhikkan pattiyalla..OMG..wt a change..i loved new look and photos kidu aayitttundu..bakki pinne parayam..kochu karayunnu...byeee

Preeti Kashyap said...

Looks delicious!

Biren said...

Love the color of the curry! I must try it if I come across some red spinach. Lovely clicks too!

reanaclaire said...

wow..looks so good!! yummy!

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Sushma Mallya said...

Looks too good, love your clicks...

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra said...

Hey Sarah, tats a nice recipe, infact tried sumthing close to tis at a frnds place recently.
Hey congrats for those awards n guess wat one is also lying in my blog...pls come n claim it.

Leena said...

Nice recipe and beautiful clicks!!

nandini said...

Interesting ..... This is new to me. Lovely click!!. Liked the dish.

Yummy Team said...

Fabulous clicks, Sarah..Cheera thandu curry looks adipoli!! Congrats on your award and thanks a lot for sharing it with us..

Babli said...

Looks delicious, spicy and mouth watering.
Wish you a Happy Friendship Day.

Nale said...

Nice curry and pics are fabulous!

Nale said...

Wow, nice curry and fabulous pics :)

vineetha said...

hello..
Maveli prajakale kanan varuna pole anu njan eppol..vallapozhume blogs oke visit cheyunullu..Anyway hw r u ? Lokathil vachu enikettavum ishtamulla oru sadhanama red cheera,ithu pakshe evideyonum kitiilla..njan cheera vachu chaaru curry undakarilla mainly thoran anu..ithu pakshe kettiituum kanditum super ayitundu.Adipoli.

Parita said...

Gorgeous pictures and delicious curry! Congo for the award!

Foodie Ann said...

The color combination of the picture is really good...:)

Madhavi said...

WOW great colorful post, nice recipe!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Very yummy looking and a tempting dish... Lipsmacking!!! Congrats on your award!!!

lissie said...

Nice clicks and tempting curry! Congrats on your award and thanks for sharing it with me!!!
Glad to meet you on FB... :)
I was not keeping well these days,hence the delay in responding..

Dershana said...

divine dish! i just luv this.

shahana said...

Thanks alot dear for passing this award!

Nikki said...

congrats for the award...and the colours are brilliant..Luv the curry.

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