Harive Soppu Palya/Red Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry

Harive soppu palya or Amaranth leaves stir fry is a south Indian delicacy, usually served with roti or rice. It is rich in vitamins, proteins and antioxidants. Due to its high iron content it is advised by doctors as Hemoglobin supplement. You can also cook it with potato, mixed sprouts to enhance the flavor.  If you want to try some healthy leafy vegetable then this is perfect choice.

Harive Soppu Palya/Red Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry



  • Harive soppu/Amaranth leaves- 1 big bunch
  • Green chilly- 2
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Black gram- 1/2 tbs
  • Garlic- 3 cloves
  • Oil- 1 tbs
  • Coconut- 2 tbs (grated)
  • Salt


  1. Wash and chop the leaves along with stem
  2. In a deep pan add a tbs of oil, mustard seed, black gram and crushed garlic cloves
  3. when it starts spluttering add slitted green chillies and fry well for 3 minutes
  4. Now add the chopped leafy vegetable, salt and a cup of water
  5. Let it all cook well (around 15-20 minutes)
  6. At the end add grated coconut and take out from the flame
  7. Serve it hot with roti or rice.

Note: If you want the stir fry to be little dry then let all the water evaporate before you take out the dish from the flame. 

Bendekai Palya/ Okra Stir Fry

Okra is something which gets along with any kind of recipe I mean you can prepare curry, gojju, sambar, yogurt curry, fry and many more. Thats why I like Okra a lot, with Okra we can be creative and mix and match the vegetables like potato and tomato. Todays recipe is simple stir fry. It takes hardly 15- 20 minutes for cooking.

Okra stir fry


Okra- 1/4 KG

Green Chilly- 3-4

Oil- for stir frying

Tamarind- small lemon sized

Mustard- 1/2 teaspoon

Urd Dal- 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric- a pinch

Red chilly powder- only if you want it to be spicy


Take a deep pan and add a spoon of oil (I used olive oil for this recipe) add mustard, Urd dal and let it splutter. Add chopped Okra and green chillies and add bit more oil for stir frying. Now add pinch of turmeric, tamarind and salt and keep frying. You can also add onions and tomatoes for flavor, but I prefer this way. Add red chilly powder if you want it to be extra spicy. When the Okra are soft and cooked (in about 15 minutes) Okra stir fry is ready. Serve it with rice and sambar or chapathi as side dish.

Watermelon Rind/ Kallangadi Sippe Palya

Watermelon is abundant in summer season. Juice or fruit salad are some easy watermelon recipes. Here in UAE slowly temperature is increasing and soon we will be welcoming hot summer. This weekend we had tasty and sweet watermelon so I prepared a delicious side dish  from the watermelon rind.

Watermelon rind recipe  Watermelon rind recipe

Wash and remove the red sweet part of the fruit and cut it into small pieces.


Watermelon rind- 1  big bowl ( neatly chopped in to small pieces)

Mustard- 1 tablespoon

Urd dal- 1/2 tablespoon

Curry leaves

Turmeric powder

Red chilly powder

Coconut- Freshly grated (4-5 tablespoon)


Take a deep pan and add 1- 2 tablespoon of oil and upon heating  add mustard, curry leaves and Urd dal and let it splutter. Add pieces of watermelon rind, pinch of turmeric and add a cup of water. Then add red chilly powder according to your taste ( I used around 3 spoon) and close the lid and let it cook. Add more water if it needed for rind to cook and once it is cooked and water is completely evaporated sprinkle grated coconut and mix it well.

Watermelon rind palya is ready, serve it along with rice and rasam or chapathi as side dish. It is very healthy and tasty.

Watermelon rind recipe