Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Vallarai Keerai Kootu-Vallarai Paruppu Kootu Recipe

Centella asiatica, Centella, Asiatic pennywort is a herb, known as Gotu kola in Sri Lankan cuisine, as brahmi booti in Hindi, vallarai keerai in Tamil, kudangal in Malayalam and ondelaga in Kannada. I prepare vallarai dishes often as it is very good for health and also it grows abundantly in my kitchen garden. It is easy to grow vallarai at home. Vallarai keerai is very nutritious and has medicinal properties. It helps to improve memory power and concentration. It is said to promote hair growth and is good for the skin also. It can be helpful in treating skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. Today we will learn how to make vallarai kootu following our easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Vallarai Keerai Kootu-vallarai kootu

Vallarai Keerai Kootu

Vallarai Keerai Kootu

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Kootu-Greens
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Vallarai keerai - 2 cups tightly packed
   Moong dal - 1/4 cup
   Onion - 1
   Tomato - 1
   Salt to taste

   For Grinding (raw)

   Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Fried gram - 1 tsp
   Red chilli - 1-2

   For Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal -1 tsp
   Red chilli -1
   Hing - a pinch
   Pearl onions - 4-5 (optional)


Wash vallarai leaves and keep it aside. You can use the tender stems for making kootu, as you see in the picture below.

Chop onion and tomatoes.

Soak moong dal (pasi paruppu) for 5-10 minutes in hot water. Soaking is optional but I prefer to do it, so that it gets cooked to a mush.

Vallarai Kootu recipe

Grind coconut, red chillies, fried gram (pottukadalai in Tamil/daliya in Hindi) and cumin seeds to fine paste and keep it aside.

how to make keerai kootu


In a pressure pan or small cooker, add moong dal, vallarai leaves, onion, tomato and 1/2 cup of water.

Pressure cook for 2 whistles.

Vallarai Paruppu Kootu

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mash the contents well. Add salt needed.

Add the ground coconut paste and simmer for 5 minutes. That's it.

vallarai kootu recipe

Now we will do the seasoning - Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chillies and hing. Add finely chopped pearl onions and saute until it turns transparent.

Add to the kootu. Enjoy nutritious vallarai kootu as an accompaniment with rice.

how to make vallarai kootu

Our Lunch that day was - Bittergourd pitlai, cauliflower curry, beetroot pachadi, vallarai kootu and homemade curd.

South Indian lunch spread   

Check out my delicious Vallarai Thuvaiyal (chutney) which can be had as side dish for dosa and  can also be mixed with rice topped with a tsp of gingerly oil.

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  1. ollarai keerai is a boon to mankind I could say. Will you kindly tell me the method to grow it in pots pl. Kindly Update at the earlieast.

    1. I have already posted how to grow vallarai. Click the link "grow vallarai at home" in the introduction or check useful tips page.


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