Saturday, 9 January 2016


Pannaikeerai is known by the name silver cock's comb or plumed cock's comb. Celosia Argentea is the biological name of silver cock's comb or plumed cock's comb. It can be seen in pink and white that are seen growing along the sides of the field and mostly in dry lands in our India. It is cultivated along the both sides of the park for decorative purposes.
The two feet height plant grows in tropical region.  It needs more sunlight for essential nutrition in the plant.  Ayurvedic and Siddha medicines uses this plant for curing some common and uncommon diseases. People in South East Asia and Africa uses silver cock's comb for edible purposes.  It is laxative and astringent.  It has large amount of fibres and fat content that helps in reducing body heat, constipation, cures skin diseases and gut problem. Choose the baby leaves for tasty and nutritious dish. Pannai keerai contains all nutrients as in other greens. Usually our mothers collected the tender leaves from our garden and field and made wonderful kadaisal and fed us with Ragi flour kali with cow ghee. Highly nutritional and yummy food ever we love. It will go very well with hot steamed rice with ghee .

We can prepare pannai keerai kadaisal without dal. It pairs excellently with hot steamed rice and kali made with ragi flour kali.


Pannaikeerai /silver cock's comb four cups
Cooking oil one tablespoon
Mustard seeds one spoon
Cumin seeds one spoon
shallots half cup
green chillies three
curry leaves half cup
turmeric one spoon 
salt required


Clean and wash the pannai keerai leaves/silver cock's comb leaves.
Transfer the entire leaves into a pan and add very little water , salt required, turmeric, shallots, green chillies and cumin seeds.
Close the pan with lid and allow them to cook for eight minutes in medium heat.
Care should be taken to avoid overcooking time. 
The green colour of the leaves retained  when cooking within seven minutes
Keep aside to cool.
Blend the entire cooked ingredients for a while.
Temper with cooking oil , mustard seeds pop up, curry leaves.

Live green kadaisal is ready.

Serve with hot steamed rice plus ghee.

so yummy ... what a wonderful dish? you will  go crazy to its taste.. unforgettable food..

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