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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Keerai Thandu Kootu-Keerai Recipes-Healthy Recipes

Keerai thandu is a rich source of fiber and is very nutritious. You can use the tender stems of thandu keerai or mulai keerai (amaranth) for making this keerai thandu kootu. It goes very well with rice. I usually prefer simple and nutritious lunch. Our lunch on that day was lemon rasam, carrot potato curry, rice, keerai thandu kootu and curd. You can follow me on Instagram to get more lunch menu ideas. Today we will learn how to make keerai thandu kootu following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Keerai Thandu Kootu
Keerai thandu kootu-Lemon Rasam-Carrot Potato Curry

Keerai Thandu Kootu

Keerai Thandu Kootu

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Keerai Thandu - 2 cups chopped
   Tur Dal - 1/4 cup
   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
   Salt needed

  Fry and Grind

   Urad dal - 1 tbsp
   Red chillies - 3
   Raw rice - 1/2 tsp
   Grated coconut - 3 tbsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Red chilli - 1
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Select tender stems for making this kootu. Wash keerai stems (thandu) and remove/string the fiber as you do for french beans. Chop it into 1 inch pieces as seen in the picture below.

Pressure cook dal with 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder for 3 whistles or until soft and mushy. Mash it well. (Soak the dal for 15 minutes in hot water prior to cooking to save time and fuel). If you are new to cooking dal, refer how to cook dal.

amaranth keerai thandu kootu

Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and saute urad dal, red chillies and rice. When dal turns golden brown, add grated coconut, saute for a few seconds and switch off the heat.

Once it cools, grind it to a fine paste. Keep it aside.

preparations for keerai thandu kootu


Cook chopped keerai stems in a cup of water with needed salt and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder until tender.

keerai stem kootu

Once it becomes soft,  add the cooked dal and the ground paste along with 1/2 cup of water.

how to make keerai thandu kootu

Simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes. You may adjust the consistency of the kootu by adding more or less water. Check for salt.

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

keerai thandu kootu recipe

Enjoy keerai thandu kootu with steamed rice or rasam rice.

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  1. Replies
    1. If you can get thandu keerai, I recommend that first, otherwise you can use tender spinach stems.


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