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Friday, May 3, 2013

Mor Keerai-Keerai Mor Kootu Recipe

This is another authentic Tamil Brahmin recipe. Since we all love yogurt in our home, this dish is one of our family's favorite. This is a very nutritious dish prepared with greens and yogurt. I have used red thandu keerai  (mulai keerai) known as Amaranth greens in English to prepare this dish.You can use siru keerai, arai keerai, mulai keerai or palak to make this dish. Today we will learn how to make mor keerai kootu following this easy recipe.

Mor Keerai

Amaranth Leaves in yogurt gravy

Prep time - under 15 mins
Cook time - under 15 mins
Serves - 3-4

Ingredients needed 

Mulai Keerai/greens - 3 cups heaped (cleaned and chopped)
Curd/ plain yogurt - 3/4 -1 cup (whisked)

For grinding

Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
Green chilli -3
Cumin seeds/ jeera - 1 tsp
Rice flour - 1/2 tsp (used for thickening)

For the seasoning

Oil -1 tsp
Mustard seeds -3/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli -1


Wash and rinse greens 2-3 times. Chop it finely. If using thandu keerai or mulai keera, you can use the stem also but if you are using other greens, use only the leaves.

Grind the ingredients given under grinding to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

The paste and the greens are ready. Now we will go to the method.


Pressure cook greens with half cup of water for 1 whistle. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mash the greens well. 

mulai keerai kootu

 Add the ground coconut paste, curd and salt needed.

how to prepare keerai mor kootu

 Mix well and boil until everything gets blended well.

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

Healthy and nutritious Amaranth Mor kootu (prepared with just 1 tsp of oil) is ready. Serve it as a side dish with rasam or sambar rice.

Tips -You can add a pinch of sugar to retain the green color.

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  1. interesting dish...will try for sure...nice click

  2. Delicious and easy to prepare kootu. A must for the scorching summer.

  3. lovely padhu...something totally new to me

  4. Brand new and looks very delicious!!


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