Friday, May 16, 2014

Keerai Molagootal Recipe-Keerai Kootu-Palakkad Special

Molagootal is a very popular and traditional Palakkad Iyer dish. It is a very simple and flavorful dish, full of nutrients. Though I have prepared it with arai keerai, it can be prepared with spinach, mulai keerai, paruppu keearai, thandu keerai and even with vegetables like long beans, cabbage, snake gourd or even with a mix of vegetables. It is very easy to prepare and tastes delicious with hot steamed rice. Today we will learn how to make Keerai Molagootal following this easy recipe.

Keerai Molagootal

Keerai Molagootal

Keerai Molagootal

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySide dish
 Recipe CuisineKerala

   Ingredients needed

   Arai Keerai/greens - 2 cups firmly packed
   Tur dal - 1/4 cup
   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Salt needed

   For grinding

   Oil - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 2 tsp
   Red chillies - 2
   Cumin seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
   Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup

   For the seasoning

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


Wash greens/keerai 2-3 times, drain the water, chop it finely and keep it ready.

Heat a tsp of oil, saute urad dal and red chillies. When dal turns golden brown, turn off the heat. Once it cools, grind it with grated coconut and cumin seeds to a smooth paste.

Pressure cook tur dal with a pinch of turmeric powder for 3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mash the dal well.


Cook greens/keerai uncovered with little water. Then mash it well with a ladle or potato smasher.

Now we have cooked greens, cooked dal and the coconut paste ready.

how to make keerai molagootal

Now add the cooked dal, coconut paste and needed water to the cooked greens. Simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Keerai Molagootal-Palakkad cuisine

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

Keerai molagootal is ready. Serve it with hot steamed rice and any thogayal.

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  1. picture perfect and nice instructions.....yummy

  2. looks so good I guess spinach could be used

  3. Hi,
    I had a question on medhu vada and I tried posting it under that recipe but somehow it did not appear, so I'm trying again. I followed your recipe and the vadas came out well, but the outer layer was slightly thick. What could I be doing wrong? Thanks for your input!

  4. Awesome I love keerai. Thank u for ur new dish sister.

  5. This recipe's name is molagootal ... But has no pepper ... so plz include pepper in your list...

  6. Thanks for the awesome recipes! The pictures help a lot. Thank you once again

  7. Thanks and very easy to understand for a first time cooking.

  8. Tried this recipe just awesome, only variation I did was cooked keerai , dal together with chilli, onion and garlic and tomatoes then followed your recipe, just mix and match...Thanks for all your awesome recipes!!

  9. I followed it step by step and came out awesome. Enga amma panra Keerai maadhiri irundhadhu.


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