Keerai Kootu ~ Kootu With Greens

Here is the third kootu in this series. Typically any winter greens can be used for this type of kootu and I happened to make this with spinach. 

In fact any vegetable or a combination of vegetables can be used  with this kootu masala, only it wouldn't be keerai kootu, right? As I understand Keerai means greens. Here are the Kootu recipes I blogged in this edition of BM #28.

Ingredients - 

Spinach, chopped 2 cups (Any greens can be used)
Toor Dal 3/4 cup (Moong dal works too)
Salt to taste
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Curry Leaves few, Asafoetida 1/8 tsp)

Kootu Masala to Grind - 

Red chillies 2-3 
Chana dal 1 Tbsp
Dhania/Coriander seeds 1 tsp
Coconut, grated 2 Tbsp

Method Of Preparation -

Pressure cook toor dal until cooked well. Blanch the chopped spinach in hot water for a couple minutes and set aside. 

Roast all the ingredients listed under 'kootu masala to grind' separately until they are aromatic and attain a light brown hue. Set aside.

Grind the roasted ingredients adding a little water into a fine paste and set aside. 

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds crackle, add the ground masala paste and saute for a few seconds.

Add the turmeric, blanched spinach, cooked dal and salt. Mix well and let it simmer until the flavors blend.

Remove from fire and serve it hot with rice.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#28.

Preparation Time 35 min
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Sunday, May 19, 2013


  1. Akila Says:
  2. Healthy n delicious

  3. Pavani Says:
  4. Such a simple and delicious kootu.

  5. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  6. I make a similar preparation sans dania, very healthy comfort food.

  7. lip smacking and awesome kootu.

  8. Preety Says:
  9. yummy

  10. Nice. Kootu with keerai my favorite variety

  11. Priya Suresh Says:
  12. Keerai kootu is one of our family favourite, i make atleast twice a week.

  13. Srivalli Says:
  14. I love all kootus with the podis, they make the task so simplified right..very delicious looking bowl!

  15. Healthy and comforting kootu,my family's favorite kootu...

  16. Suma Gandlur Says:
  17. Technically speaking, this is like our spinach pappu with out tamarind. Must be yummy. Some of my SILs add sambhar powder to pappus and it sounds like that.

  18. divya Says:
  19. yummy n delicious...

  20. That is really awesome kootu & I am making this today:)

  21. Unknown Says:
  22. i make this delicious and yummy comforting kootu a lot... picture perfect...
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  23. will have to ask Valli to repeat this Koot theme..and now I shall take that..super one..the whole series rocked!

  24. healthy and simple!

  25. Love the simplicity of Kootu's, Very versatile recipe!!! i never make kootu with toor dal, amma makes puli kootu with toor dal, i m yet to try that!!! :)

  26. seems very simple and comforting dish

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