Araikeerai or spleen amaranthus is a variety of amaranthus popular in Tamil Nadu. A delicious substitute for spinach and an essential ingredient in preparation of Masiyal, it has medicinal qualities especially for post partum and lactating women.
"Arai Keerai" describes the amaranth leaves in its middles stages of growth. In its early stages it is referred to as "Mulai keerai" and in the late stages it is known as "Thandu keerai". Keerai leaves are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and folate. They also contain iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Keerai leaves can be used both raw or cooked, such as stir-frying, steaming, sautéing, and boiling. They can be added to salads and are commonly used in soups, stir-fries, rice dishes, dals, and curries.
Easy to grow, simply sprinkle seeds on the surface of soil.