MulaiKeerai Kootu/Amarnath Leaves Kootu/Keerai Kootu

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Sunday, May 26, 2013

Keerai Kootu is a regular menu in our house. I make it atleast twice in a Week, sometimes even more. Being a Vegetarian, Keerai/Spinach is more important in our diet, for its rich iron content. And with kids, if we don't make it a habit to eat spinach regularly  then it is tough to make them enjoy it, in their later years. 
3 Cups Amarnath Leaves/Mulai Keerai Chopped
1/2 Cup Moong Dal
1/4 Cup Masoor Dal
1 Tomato, Chopped
a pinch of turmeric 
Fresh Corinader for garnishing
Ginger juliennes for garnishing
Salt to taste

To Grind
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 Green Chilies
2 tbsp Freshly Grated Coconut/Dessicated Coconut
1/2 tsp Grated Ginger

2 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/8 tsp hing
1-2 red chilies, broken (Depending on Spice-level)
2 tsp Urad dal
2 sprigs of curry leaves

  • Grind all the ingredients given under "To Grind" to a fine paste using 1/4 Cup Water.
  • Take the chopped amarnath leaves, both the dals, Chopped Tomato, turmeric, into a pressure pan/Cooker. Add the ground paste, Salt and mix well. Add 2 Cups of water. The  Water should be just above the Leaves-Dal Mixture.
  • Pressure Cook for 3-4 Whistles. When the pressure releases, open the cooker, check the consistency of the Kootu, if it too runny, Take it to the stove and Cook it open for 10 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • For the tempering, heat the oil given under "Tempering", Splutter mustard seeds, add cumin, broken red chilies, ground pepper, hing,  curry leaves and urad dal.

  • when the dal roasts and turns brown, add the sizzling tempering to the Kootu, Garnish with Fresh corinader leaves and Ginger Juliennes.
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  1. Looks great ! Never tried , it must be tasty!

  2. Love this thick keerai kootu very much,give a spoon i can finish that bowl just like a snack.

  3. healthy and delicious kootu, love it :)

  4. looks delicious and seems easy too

  5. comforting kootu with delicious presentation...

  6. Another interesting kootu Priya..never made with greens..

  7. Healthy & delicious kootu. Love amaranth in any form.

  8. Healthy one, missing muli keerai here.


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