Keerai kootu is our family favourite kootu recipe.We make it at least once in a week.I make it for my husband’s lunch box paired with vatha kuzhambu/ puli kuzhambu.It tastes great.I learnt this recipe from my MIL. I’ll post my mom’s version soon..Usually vengaya vadagam is used for seasoning this kootu. I love that combination very much . But my husband hates it.. So I saute the small onions till dark brown ( as u see in picture) & season this kootu.It tastes equivalent to vadagam..My husband likes to have this kootu mixed with plain rice & ghee .. Try this healthy accompaniment for lunch & enjoy . We follow the same procedure and make kootu with mulai keerai , siru keerai etc..
Wash & chop the keerai finely. In a pressure cooker base , take the chopped keerai , moong dal , sambar powder , salt and water. Cook it for 1 –2 whistle in low flame. Grind the coconut with rice flour adding little water to make a smooth paste.Set aside.
After the steam is released from the cooker , mash the mixture well till moong dal becomes mushy..Now add the coconut paste ,mix well and allow it to boil till kootu becomes semi thick in consistency..
In a kadai , temper all the ingredients given under” to temper” in the same order. Saute till onion turns dark golden brown with a nice smell..Add to the kootu ..
Mix with plain rice & ghee or enjoy as an accompaniment!
My mil cooks the keerai & dal separately and mix them .But i pressure cook everything together. But make sure dal should be mushy.
This kootu can be made with mulai keerai / thandu keerai and siru keerai ..
Adding vengaya vadagam for seasoning gives a great taste. Do try if u have in hand..But u should saute it till dark brown in low flame and add to kootu..