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May 16, 2013


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keerai kootu

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 Smile.. Try this healthy accompaniment for lunch & enjoy . We follow the same procedure and make kootu with mulai keerai , siru keerai  etc..

Keerai kootu bowl

1 cup - 250ml
  • Amaranthus/arai keerai – 2 small bunch OR 2 cups
  • Moong dal – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • salt & water – As needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Rice flour –1  tsp
To temper
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds / jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Small onion – 5 nos or Big onion – 1/2 no 
  • Vengaya vadagam – 1.5 tbsp or 1 no

  • 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.
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  • 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..

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  1. it tempting us to take immediately ! good capture ! we generally add jeera and green chilly while grinding the coconut ! :)

    1. Thank u Aparna ..My mom makes as u said :)

  2. tempering with small onions is new to me... your tip taken and will try it next time I make this delicious kootu!!
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  3. i can have it as it is :)

  4. dear chitra,
    i always end up bad with pasalai kindly help me how to do that dear....sunkan

    1. I usually make dal palak with pasalai .. I have not tried this kootu with palak.Please refer this link mam for dal palak recipe.
      http://www.chitrasfoodbook.com/2011/12/dal-palak.html.. I'll try to post pasalai keerai kootu soon :) Thank u mam. Keep visiting :)

  5. Nice..I love this too and make this if I am not making with dal..

  6. A perfect comfort kootu, i make this once a week at least. Will try ur version soon. Nice clicks.

  7. this is so drool worthy, love to have it with some chicken or fish curry

  8. Yummy kootu, one of my family's favorite. Nicely done

  9. I make most often this only with keerai ...looks yum

  10. very healthy and yummy looking kootu variety dear :)

  11. Super cool weekend menu of ours...simply love them with poondu oorukai

  12. looks absolutely yummy! nice clicks!

  13. Dear Chitra
    Tried this kootu recipe using arakeerai. Since I had a big bunch I doubled he quantity of ingredients. The taste was excellent. The best keerai kootu in recent times. Thanks a lot.

    1. Thank u so much Keerthi for the feedback.U made my day :)

    2. Hai chitra......
      Can u post d receipes peerkkangai kadaisal,pulicha keerai masiyal.....

    3. Ì will share peerkangai kadaisal next week.are u asking keerai with puli or pulicha keerai ie gongura masiyal?

  14. S am asking pulicha keerai masiyal(gongura masiyal)...


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