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amaranth leaves stir fry with coconut and spices

Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry - Indian Kerala Cheera Thoran (Poriyal)

Indian style amaranth leaves stir fry or kerala cheera thoran is one of the most easy, delicious Indian recipes you can make with green or red amaranth leaves & here we are using the green amaranth leaves to make the stir fry!
This makes a great green leafy vegeatble side dish with rice for lunch or dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword amaranth leaves recipe, cheera thoran
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 182kcal


  • 3 cups amaranth leaves I used one bunch of green leaves
  • 2 cups coconut grated or shredded, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • salt adjust to taste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced or crushed

for seasoning (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds or cumin seeds
  • 4 dry red chilies broken
  • 1 tablespoon shallots or pearl onions peeled and chopped (or use minced onions)


  • Wash the amaranth spinach leaves very well and discard any flowers as much as possible.
  • Chop the leaves in small sized pieces. You can also chop the stems in small pieces as we use both leaves and stems in this recipe.
  • Transfer the chopped leaves (with the stems) to a large skillet or pan.
  • Add salt and cook in open pan for about 2 minutes until the leaves begin to wilt.
  • Cover the pan with lid and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes until the leaves are cooked and soft.
  • Once the leaves are cooked, open the pan, stir the contents and add garlic.
  • Stir fry the contents for another couple of minutes so any leftover water from the leaves will get evaporated.
  • Add oil and all spice powders, mix well and stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Finally add the coconut and stir fry for another couple of minutes in low heat until the coconut mixture is well blended with the leaf mixture.
  • If the grated coconut is fresh, you may coarsely grind the coconut in a food processor before adding to the pan.
    You may also add a couple of green chilies or red chilies & use cumin seeds instead of cumin powder which you can blend along with the coconut, if you wish.

To make the seasoning (optional):

  • In a different pan, heat the one tablespoon of oil and add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add broken red chilies and lightly fry. If you are using cumin seeds instead of mustard seeds, you just need to lightly fry the cumin seeds and then add broken red chilies.
  • Once the chilies are lightly fried, you can add the chopped or minced onions and lightly fry.
  • Add this prepared seasoning to the prepared amarant leaf stir fry or cheera thoran and gently mix in.
  • Serve the cheera thoran or green amaranth leaves stir fry hot with rice & any gravy or curry for a simple, delicious lunch or dinner!


To make this even more delicious, you can scramble eggs in a different pan and mix it with the prepared amaranth leaf stir fry.
Or you may also add the eggs directly to the pan and prepare the egg scramble with the greens in the same pan if you wish.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2100IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg