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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