Friday, April 25, 2014

Keerai Kootu

Keerai Kootu

Kootu is a speciality of Tamil Nadu cuisine. This green kootu dish is filled with proteins, vitamins & packed with lots of goodness to it. Kootu dish has variations to it as it can be cooked with different vegetables mixing either with toor dal or moon dal. My mom version is little different & it will be on a little dry side than this dish. She adds black peppers to the spice paste as I did here & no onion or garlic in the dish. 

Keerai Kootu
Cooking Details 
Prep Time-5mins 
Cook Time-45mins 
Serves - 3 to 4 People
1/2Cup moong dal 
1Cup water
Salt to tate
To grind 
1/4Cup +1Tbs grated coconut
1/2Tsp jeera 
1Tsp black pepper
1/4Tsp turmeric
1Green chilli
3Cups chopped spinach 
2Tbs oil
1Tbs urad dal 
1Tsp mustard seeds 
2Red chili's cut equally
Few curry leaves  
1/2Tsp hing {asafetida}
- Wash moong dal with water & pressure cook it with 1cup water for 2whistles. Switch off heat & allow pressure cooker to cool. 
- Grind the ingredients to coarse paste. 
- In a pan mix grind paste, cooked dal & salt. Now cook dal on low heat for 15mins. Stir it once in a while to avoid lumps. 
- Slowly raw smell of spinach vanishes. Adjust salt if needed.
- Heat another small pan with oil. To that add mustards, urad dal & red chili's. Once the mustard starts jumping add curry leaves & hing to pan. Cook for 10sec & switch off heat. 
- Now add seasoning to dal & mix well. Cook dal on low heat for 2mins & switch off heat.
- Serve it warm with rice, ghee & papadums.
- You can pressure cook spinach along with moong dal, but it will loose it's green color changing to darkish green. 
- I used a little more of black pepper while reducing green chili's. Add one more green chili if you like it spicy. 
- Onion can be added to the grinding ingredients if desired. 

Keerai Kootu

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  1. Nice ide of a grinding spinach along with spices,koottu looks colorful and delicious.

  2. Healthy and my favourite food, i can have happily this kootu with rice and some pickles..comforting food.

  3. Interesting ingredients, nice click too.

  4. That bowl looks very appetizing. The fresh green color is lovely.

  5. wow! lovely color.. And comforting kootu

  6. delicious bowl of goodness!!! perfect color11

  7. Wow that bowl looks stunning!..very nice one..

  8. Healthy & delicious keerai kootu. Love that green colored dal.

  9. I made this a few months before and loved it. The pictures are drool worthy.

  10. Delicious looking keerai kootu for a comforting lunch with steamed rice and pappad..

  11. Love the color of the kootu and looks delicious

  12. I have read about kootus so many times but none jumped at me to try them like this one here, The dish gets done soon.

  13. wow keerai kootu looks super inviting and absolutely delicious :) I wud love to have them with steamed rice :)

  14. Kootu looks nice.would love to pair it with some potato curry..

  15. love the fresh green colour of the kootu. moong dal in the kootu sounds interesting.

  16. these photos are so eye appealing - the vibrant green against the warm earthy tones of the tadka make these photos just grab you

  17. Moots are uncommon in our house..but this one is tempting..looks cool.

  18. Nutritious and yummy kootu despite being a simple dish.