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June 4, 2015

Manathakkali Keerai Kootu Recipe-Black Night Shade Recipes

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Manathakkali keerai kootu

Manathakkali Keerai kootu is a healthy side dish for rice.I think about manathakkali keerai(Black night shade in English) only when we get mouth ulcers and inflammations .It gives a good cure for liver & other stomach related problems.Apart from these,there are many more health benefits.So I treat this keerai as a medicine mostly.I usually make Manathakkali thanni saaru using fresh leaves and Vatha kuzhambu with dried berries.Its been my long time wish to try kootu recipe with it.But I was afraid of its bitter taste.My MIL told me to add more dal and coconut to suppress its bitterness.I followed the same and the kootu came out very well.This time I followed an easy method and cooked it directly in the pressure cooker just like paruppu keerai.Its taste was very close to hotel ones.Here I have used moong dal.You can replace it with toor dal or chana dal too.Friends,do try this easy,healthy kootu.It’s a good side dish for Vatral kulambu rice.Lets see how to make this South Indian style manathakkali kootu recipe.

Manathakkali keerai kootu

Manathakkali keerai kootu recipe

Manathakkali keerai kootu recipe Manathakkali keerai kootu recipe-Healthy,easy one pot keerai kootu recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish for rice
Yields: 3
Prep time: 15 Min
Cook time: 15 Min
Total time: 30Min

1 cup = 200ml

  • Manathakkali keerai/Black night shade – 2 cups
  • Mooong dal - 3 tbsp
  • Salt & Water – as needed
    • To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
    • To Temper
  • Cooking oil or coconut oil - 1.5 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds -1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Small onion - 15 nos or Big onion - 1 no
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1.5 tsp

  • Remove the leaves from stalk and wash it twice.Chop them roughly and set aside.Chop the onions,tomato.Keep aside.
  • Grind the coconut and rice flour to a smooth paste.Set aside.
Manathakkali keerai kootu

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base and splutter mustard seeds,jeera.curry leaves. Add onions, tomato and saute till transparent & mushy.Add the moong dal,saute for a minute.Now add the chopped keerai and saute until they shrink.
Manathakkali keerai kootu

Manathakkali keerai kootu

  • Add 1 cup of water,sambar powder,turmeric powder and required salt. Cook it for one whistle in very low flame.
Manathakkali keerai kootu

  • After the pressure is released,add the ground coconut paste and boil the kootu for 5 minutes.Add some water if it thickens.Lastly add the coconut oil and switch off the flame.
    Transfer the kootu to a bowl aned close with a lid.
Manathakkali keerai kootu


  • For variations u can cook the leaves &dal separately and mix them as given in my keerai kootu recipe.
  • Replace manathakkali with arai keerai,mulai keerai or palak and proceed as given above.

Healthy,One pot Manathakkali Keerai kootu is ready to eat with Kara kuzhambu & rice !!

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great-secret-of-life said...

love the way u hv presented.. What a tempting combo..

Chitra said...

Thanks Veena :)

Priya said...

Keerai looks too delicious.My grand ma cook soup with this keerai ,other than that i am not aware of any other recipe.

Sona said...

I like all kinds of keerai kootu.. Looks very nice.