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Monday, February 1, 2010

Keerai Kootu /Amaranth Leaves Kootu

Green leafy vegetables are rich source of many important nutrients like calcium, iron, beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C and riboflavin. No doubt it occupies an important place in our daily diet. It helps prevent certain degenerative diseases and some forms of cancer. Without leafy vegetables I feel my lunch is incomplete. This keerai kootu recipe is a request from one of my blogger friend. It was there in my mind for a long time, only now the time has come to post it. Coming to the recipe, you can use both the leaves and tender stems of the plant. This is a very simple, healthy and tasty recipe. Today we will learn how to make keerai kootu following this easy recipe.

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Keerai Kootu-Mulai Keerai Kootu

Keerai Kootu

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian-Tamil Brahmin

   Ingredients needed

   Mulai keerai/ Amaranth Leaves -2 bunches
   Split yellow moong dal/pasi paruppu - 1/4 cup
   Turmeric powder - a pinch

   For Grinding

   Coconut (grated) -3 tbsp
   Cumin seeds -3/4 tsp
   Red chillies - 1- 2
   Raw Rice or rice flour -1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil -1 tsp
   Mustard – ½ tsp
   Urad dal -1/2 tsp
   Red chilli -1
   Asafoetida/hing – a pinch


Cut the roots of the greens and discard it. Wash greens/keerai well 2-3 times. Chop it finely.

Grind the ingredients given under grinding to a smooth paste. If using raw rice, soak it in hot water for 10 minutes before grinding. Raw rice or rice flour is used only for thickening.

Cook dal until soft adding a pinch of turmeric powder. Keep it aside.


Bring 1/2 cup of water to boil, add chopped greens, salt and cook until soft. Mash it well.

Add the ground paste, cooked dal and simmer for another 3-4 minutes.

Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chilli and hing. When dal turns golden brown, pour the seasoning over the kootu.

Serve with rice (rasam or sambar sadam).This kootu tastes delicious when mixed with hot steamed rice topped with a tsp of ghee. Potato curry goes well with this keerai sadam. Kids will love it very much.

Variations - You can prepare the same kootu with arai keerai or siru keerai or spinach instead of mulai keerai.

Another easy method using pressure cooker - Take a pressure pan or small cooker, add the chopped greens, moong dal, turmeric powder and pressure cook for 1 whistle. When pressure subsides, open the cooker, mash the greens well, add the ground paste and boil for 3-4 minutes. Then sesaon the keerai. Serve hot with rice.

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  1. Nice presentation, love the Keerai Kootu. So nutritious.

  2. Healthy, yummy and tempting daal...simply great..just perfect for this weather...

  3. wow i never even heard about this dish before, recipe sounds interesting..thanks for sharing

  4. Lovely Keerai kottu, it is definitely a comfort food for me.. Addition of raw rice is something new to me..

  5. Amarnath leaves Kootu looks beautiful and yummy...Nice decoration...

  6. Amarnath leaves are very new to me...have never had it, the dish looks really delicious though:)

  7. Moolai keerai is a new dish for me. Looks delicious and tempting. Wonderful presentation. Thanks for this lovely recipe.

  8. This looks very healthy and yummy! I wonder if I can use Spinach instead of Amaranth Leaves. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  9. This looks deliciopus n am sure tastes delicious too ...yum !

  10. mula keerai kootu looks simply delicious; my anytime favourite with rice & ghee... delicious one!!

  11. Very healthy and a delectable filling dish!!! Loks very tasty and yummy!!!

  12. Nice food styling padhu! Beautiful click.

  13. Very nice recipe! loved d preparation!

  14. I love how you decorate your plates - very creative and interesting to look at...NICE

  15. Wow! Nice presentation Dear..Delicious..

  16. nice presentation....combo with rice and sambar :)following you from now

  17. looks absolutely delicious n wonderful presentation ..lovely clicks!

  18. I happened to have bought 2 bunches of amarath leaves, this is what i'm going to do with them!

  19. Delicious kootu, very healthy dish:)

  20. i haven't cooked with amaranath leaves yet but they sure are so healthy. how do they taste like? are they similar to spinach?

  21. Would be such a comfort food! Lovely!

  22. I too love this kootu...this is comfort food for me :)

  23. beautiful presentation padhu.keerai kootu looks nice and my fav one too.

  24. Wow delicious kootu!!.. I love this sooo much, 90% of the time wen I get keerai I do only kootu!.. looks lovely!

  25. Wow! Your curry looks so delicious! What a lovely presentation! Way to go, Padhu:)

  26. nice presentation dear...healthy curry!!

  27. Dear Padhu...
    Thank u so much for posting this recipe....
    I dont know whether keerai is available here..will try this spinach leaves and let u know...

  28. yummy kootu...love to have with sambhar rice!

  29. A lovely presentation with comforting keerai kottu..

  30. Yummy kootu, I just love this.. Missing keerai these days! :(

  31. This is very similar to my method Padhu. I sometimes use toor dhal instead of moong though. Nice click as well :-)

  32. Madam, Just stumbled upon your blog and tried some recipes, adai aviyal and jeera rasam for instance. Your recipes are fabulous and resembles a lot like my mother's cooking. If you are married, your husband should be the luckiest person on this earth.

  33. Can this be made with red thandu keerai too , in the cooker???

    1. Yes, you can make it with red thandu keerai and also in cooker.

  34. I never tried any keerai other than palak. First time I am preparing by seeing your recipe. Thank you.


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