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Kerala Cheera Thoran

Kerala Cheera Thoran

Kerala Cheera Thoran is a tasty savory dish prepared from red/green spinach leaves. It can be relished as a favorite accompaniment with hot rice. Cheera leaves tastes awesome if plucked directly from kitchen garden. The traditional dish is unique and delicious with tender spinach leaves chopped and blended with a spicy coconut mixture. Spinach leaves are rich in nutrition loaded with vital nutrients required for human body. Red Spinach aids digestion, improves anemia and increases immunity. Kids as well as elders should consume the iron rich dish at least once a week. You can explore a step wise illustrated dish here.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 3 people


  • 5 cups Cheera leaves Spinach
  • 1/2 of Coconut grated
  • 3 nos Green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds Jeerakam
  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 4 nos Garlic cloves
  • 2 nos Dry red chillies Kollamulaku
  • 2 tsp Plain rice Pachari/Puzhukkalari
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Salt As required
  • Curry leaves A few


  • For preparing Kerala Cheera Thoran, first clean the spinach leaves well and chop it finely.
  • Meanwhile, grind together coconut, turmeric powder, green chillies, cumin seeds, garlic and curry leaves into a coarse form.
  • :- Do not add water while grinding.
  • Mix together the chopped cheera along with the coconut mixture and required salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan or a kadai.
  • Splutter mustard seeds and saute dry red chillies, rice and curry leaves.
  • Add the cheera-coconut mixture and mix well.
  • Cover and cook on a low flame for about 1 to 2 mins.
  • Remove the lid and continue cooking till done on a low flame itself.
  • :- If it gets overcooked, it tends to lose the red colour of cheera. So, make sure you do not overcook it.
  • :- Serve Kerala Cheera Thoran with rice.


You can visit this link for a variety dish with spinach leaves Cheera Cherupayar Parippu Curry. You can also visit this link for a variety dish prepared from fenugreek leaves Gujarathi methi thepla.
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