Friday, October 31, 2008

Keerai (Spinach) Kootu

We love this Keerai Kootu and is a sure fire way to get anyone eat their greens. It's rather mild and so goes over well with kids too... I love the heat that it gets from the ginger, pepper and green chillies and if using frozen spinach, then it comes together in no time.

KEERAI (SPINACH) KOOTU


Ingredients:
Spinach - 4 to 6 cups chopped (I used 1 bag of frozen cut leaf spinach)
Yellow split mung dhal - 1 cup, dry roasted till golden
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

To Grind:
Green Chillies - 8
Black pepper (whole) - 8 to 10
Ginger - half inch piece
Coconut - 3 to 4 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Seasonings:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - half tsp
Urad Dhal - half tsp
Red Chillies - 1 or 2, broken in half
Asafoetida - a pinch

Method:
1) Pressure cook the mung dhal with sufficient water, turmeric & asafoetida till soft. Mash this.


2) Meanwhile cook spinach in a pot with little water and a bit of salt till done.

3) Grind the coconut, ginger, pepper, cumin seeds & g. chillies to a paste with some water and add this paste to the cooked spinach along with mung dhal. Add enough water to adjust the consistency.

4) Let this boil for about 5 to 10 minutes. Heat oil, add the seasoning ingredients and once they splutter, top the spinach mixture with this and remove from the stove. Keerai kootu is ready to serve.

I packed it for lunch along with a dry potato curry (without the lima beans) and rice - Yum.

27 comments:

  1. WOW.. looks really nice... healthy kootu..

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  2. Adding ginger and pepper is different from how i make,so i shal try this next time!

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  3. Keerai kootu is the only way to make eat green in my home :) Delicious

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  4. what can i say..each freakin entry looks better than the next..when we meet..which we must...you gotta cook for me :)

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  5. i too love spinach kootu .. looks yumm

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  6. Lovely keerai kootu, I've never added ginger to the one I do.

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  7. This sounds nice and healthy. The dry potato curry is tempting me more.

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  8. I have some frozen spinach to be used before our vacation.Now I know what to do with them.

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  9. Never prepared this before.. quite an interesting recipe to try.

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  10. This is an all time favorite dish of mine! I like frozen spinach in this too. Its interesting that you use coconut; at my parents place they dont use coconut, but my grandmother adds it in her recipe. I have to say the coconut adds something special. That packed lunch looks fantabulous!

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  11. Wow! I've never tried it with ginger and black pepper before. Sounds wonderful!! :)

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  12. What a nice lunch.......love spinach and dal together.

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  13. a real healthy one. luv it especially with 1 spoon ghee and rice. great combi.

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  14. Wow keerai kootu and potato fry! yummy combination :)

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  15. mmm. looks so delicious and healthy. My kind of kootu!

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  16. I love keerai kootu... should make this in winter :)

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  17. Spinach kootu looks healthy and soothing

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  18. i love that dal.my fav......love with appadam by the side on my plate

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  19. that lunch box looks like comfort in a bowl... :) Wish someone would pack that for me everyday!

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  20. Kootu looks so nice and healthy..that's a perfect lunch/dinner

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  21. My comfor plate alwaya Laavanya. Whether it is summer or winter Keerai kootu goes well. I love it only with moong dhal. With potato fry you would have enjoyed. Nice. Viji

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  22. Koottu looks lovely!!! healthy and a must dish in everyday menu! addition of ginger is kinda new to me... will try this version soon.

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  23. Thank you all for your sweet comments and for spending a few minutes to drop a few lines.

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  24. Yr keerai kootu is superb,it is included in our regular menu

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  25. Thank you so much Karthi for the feedback and glad to know you liked it... :)

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