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Monday, March 19, 2012


If using mulai keerai, use the tender stems also. Use only the leaves if  doing with any other keerai.  I have used arai keerai. My grandma does this in  a "kal chatti" and says that it enhances the taste. Some mash it in a blender. But I use a "keerai maththu" for mashing keerais, as I feel it should not be  like a paste. However, it is purely one's discretion whether to blend  it like a  paste or mash it with masher.


Keerai (greens...any variety) - 1 bunch
Toor dhal - 2 tablespoons
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp.
Oil - 1/2 tsp.
Cumin seeds - 1/8 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1/8 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1/4 tsp.
Dry red chillies - 2
Hing - 1 pinch
Salt - to taste 

Sugar - 1 pinch (This retains the colour of the keerai)


Clean the keerai, and wash well. Take out the leaves and chop finely.

Pressure cook toor dhal with turmeric powder and mash well. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds, urad dhal, cumin seeds, and chillies. Add the washed greens, a pinch of sugar and hing. Add very little water, salt and cook till done. (DO NOT ADD MORE WATER AS THE KEERAI OOZES OUT WATER WHILE COOKING). Mash with a keerai maththu till smooth. Now add the mashed toor dhal. Mix well and give it a boil. Serve hot with rice. Goes well as a side dish with south indian thali.


  1. We make kootu. this is new to me. will try this way.

  2. Tastes great with some rice and ghee..

  3. very nice and yummy kootu. we too make the same way except that we add coconut masala to this

  4. Perfect to be served over rice..healthy and yummy

  5. Wow... looks greeny yummy :) i really like all kind of keerai recipes... :)

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  6. A very regular simple keerai preparation; just reading the post and seeing the nicely clicked picture make me want to cook this!

  7. i was reminded of my paati and amma.. even they use matthu to beat the keerai.. I don't get namba our keerai ing a..i love this with rice and ghee.. super :)

  8. The click make me drool here.loved the colour n very tasty too.......

  9. lovely... love how you managed to keep the color green!

  10. ur many recipes is always authentic and new for me. this look super fantastic. must try.


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