Keerai Kootu – Recipe

Keerai in Tamil, Palak in Hindi. Making kootu is very easy. To know what is kootu click here.

Tired of eating masala flavored dishes, wanted to try something new and different and one which is soft on stomach.

Palak or Keerai
1 Cup of Moong dal (paasi parupu)
1-2 Potatoes (Optional)
1-2 Tomatoes
4-5 Green chillies
2 Spoons Salt
4 red Chillies
1 Cup Grated Coconut
2 Spoons Jeera
1/2 spoon Ginger Garlic Paste (Alternative to Chopped ginger and garlic slices)
1/2 spoon Turmeric Powder

Cut Palak and wash it. Cut potatoes and tomatoes. Slice green chillies, do not cut them into small pieces. Put all these together in a vessel, add salt and turmeric powder and water. Pressure cook for 10-15mins.
In the meantime, grind grated coconut, red chillies, jeera and ginger garlic paste. This should be a nice smooth paste.

Once the palak is cooked, transfer the contents to another vessel onto the stove. To this add the grinded mixture and boil. If the water is less do add some water. Also check for salt.
Boil and mix the contents.


Now the dish is ready to be served with rice or chappatis. It could also be had as soup. Pepper is another ingredient which could be added.

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