Cheera thornan – stir fry amaranthus greens

cheera thoran
Amaranthus red with coconut

Amaranthus red with coconut

Amaranthus is a super power vegetable. This simple stir fry is a favourite in Kerala.
Included here are the both versions of red and green amaranthus stir fry.


Try more Kerala style dishes like kootu 

vazhapoo thoran

cheera thoran

Cheera thornan – stir fry amaranthus greens

A nutrient rich substitute for Spinach.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dish, Traditional
Servings 2 people
Calories 153 kcal


  • 1 bunch amaranthus greens Washed, cleaned and chopped. The chopped volume is around 4 cups when packed.
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil you can use any vegetable oil of your choice.
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Channa Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 shallot crushed
  • 2 dry red chillies broken
  • salt to taste


  • In a wok add the oil followed by mustard seeds.
  • When it splutters assessments the Channa and Urad Dal with chillies, shallot and curry leaves. Stir it around till the Dal goes golden.
    Urad dal and Mustard seeds in oil
  • Now add the chopped amaranthus red.
  • Sprinkle salt.
  • Toss for a minute. Cover and keep it on a low flame for two minutes till it wilts.
  • Add the grated coconut.
    Amaranthus red with coconut
  • Stir fry for another two minutes.
    Amaranthus red with coconut
  • Check the salt levels….enjoy warm
    Amaranthus red with coconut
  • You can substitute amaranthus ( green colored ) instead of red one and follow the same instructions.
    Amaranthus green with coconut


Calories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1181mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g
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Poonam Bachhav
3 years ago

I love to include greens in my daily diet. This amarunthus green stir fry sounds so flavorful Seema !

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