Saturday, January 7, 2012

Keerai Kootu Recipe-Manathakkali Keerai Kootu

Manathakkali which is known as black nightshade in English, has antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. It has lot of health benefits.The leaf of this plant when chewed helps to cure mouth ulcers. According to Wikipedia, traditionally this plant was used to cure tuberculosis. Since I have these greens growing abundantly in my kitchen garden, I prepare this once in a fortnight. Today let us learn how to prepare keerai kootu using this very simple keerai kootu recipe-

Manathakkali Keerai
Manathakkali Keerai

Manathakkali Keerai kootu
Serves 3-4

Here is a great way to include these wonderful greens in our diet. I have made it as simple as possible for beginners.

Keerai KootuIngredients needed

Manathakkali keerai -1 medium sized bunch
Tur dal -1/3 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Onion - 1 big
Green chilli -1
Ginger -1/2 inch piece
Garlic -4-5 cloves
Tomato -1 (remove the seeds)
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt as required

For the seasoning

Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dal -3/4 tsp
Jeera seeds -3/4 tsp
Red chilli - 1
Hing - a pinch
Oil -2 tsp


Pick the leaves alone, wash it well and chop it.

Cook the leaves in less water till soft. Mash it well and keep it aside

Finely chop tomato, ginger, onion and garlic.

Pressure cook tur dal with a pinch of turmeric powder till soft. Mash it well. (I always have the habit of soaking dal for 15-20 minutes in hot water, so my dal gets cooked well and also takes very less time)

How to make Keerai KootuMethod

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add the other ingredients mentioned under seasoning.

finely chopped onion and saute nicely till it turns golden brown.

Then add ginger, garlic and green chilli, saute for a few more minutes.

Add tomatoes, chilli powder and cook till tomatoes become mushy.

Add cooked greens, cooked dal, needed salt and bring it to boil.
Serve with hot rice topped with a tsp of ghee or as a side dish for roti and rice.

Easy isn't it? - very delicious too-try it and let me know.

Variations - You can substitute manathakkali keerai with palak or gongura and follow the same method and measurements.

More Keerai recipes from Padhuskitchen

Mulai Keerai Kootu -Amaranth leaves kootu (Tamil Brahmin style-no onion no garlic recipe).

Keerai Masiyal (Tamil Brahmin style without onion and garlic)

Murungai keerai poriyal (Drumstick leaves curry)

Mint Pulao
(Pudina sadam)

Gongura Chutney (pulicha keerai chutney)

Methi Pulao

Coriander rice (kothamalli sadam)

Mullangi keerai poriyal (radish greens stir fry)

Dal Palak (spinach with garlic and lentils)

Spinach raita (Palak keerai pachadi)

Vendhaya keerai rice (Keerai sadam)

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of


  1. Totally Yummy..Delciious..Love to try it..Bookmarked


  2. Something new to me....healthy recipe dear!!!!

  3. Wow..that looks super super tempting..nice recipe..

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  5. very healthy and delicious daal...can you give me the hindi name for this green..

  6. Thats an interesting twist with Manathangali...
    I normally make sambar with dried manathangali or vetta koyumbu

  7. Never used manathakkali keerai in my cooking. will have to look out for that keerai in the shop

  8. its been ages i have had this, looks very nice!

  9. i would like to have the seeds of this. as in mumbaiwe do not get it. i can grow the same in my balcomy.

  10. I just made this. Forgot to cook the greens in water before adding to onion,tomato,ginger,garlic mix. So put everything in the cooker for 2 whistles. Came out well :)

  11. Hi can u tell me what to do with the raw manathakkali fruit which is attached to the stems? Can that also be used along with the keerai in this preparation?

    1. U can also make Kara kulambu using regular recipe but adding fruits (marinated with little curd and salt) while frying onion-garlic. Turns out awesome!

  12. Sweta - You should not use the fruit for this recipe. You can dry it and make it as manathakkali vathal or just dry it and sow it in your garden. You can get fresh manathakkali keerai from your garden.

  13. Excellent--loved the blogpost I have tried and grown Manthakalli in our Compound--

  14. Thanks you sister......
    I like manathakkai keerai very nice......

  15. Tried this recipe today...wonderful and elders both liked...

  16. Hi, nice recipe, I also added grated coconut, tasted yummy

  17. Hi could please also tell us the hindi names of the vegetables


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