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Keerai Kootu | Greens With Toor Dal

Akum Raj Jamir
10 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Keerai Kootu | Greens With Toor Dal RECIPE

It is a South Indian Dish. The unique blend of coconut and dal makes it different from other preparations. Serve with steaming rice with a dollop of ghee.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • South Indian
  • Sauteeing
  • Main Dish
  • High Fibre

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. Keerai leaves a big bunch
  2. Toor dal 1/4 cup
  3. coconut 1/4 cup
  4. Dry Red Chilly 1
  5. cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
  6. salt to taste
  7. water 1 cup or little more
  8. To temper:
  9. coconut oil 2 tsp
  10. Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  11. Urad dal 1 tsp
  12. few curry leaves
  13. Dry Red Chilly 1
  14. asafoetida 1/4 Tsp


  1. Wash and clean the Keerai Leaves in running water and keep aside.
  2. Take a pressure cooker add the toor dal and pressure cook for 5 mins. Remove and mash the dal and keep aside.
  3. Grind the coconut, cumin and red chilli to a fine paste and keep aside.
  4. Bring 1/2 cup of water to boil and quickly blanch the leaves with some salt for 3-5 mins.
  5. Take off the leaves and reserve the water.
  6. Once cooled, mash the leaves by traditional pestle or gently pulse in a blender.
  7. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  8. Add the mustard seeds and let it crackle.
  9. Add urad dal, red chilli, curry leaves and asafoetida and saute for a min.
  10. Add the coconut paste , salt, mashed dal and cook around 5 minutes.
  11. Add the mashed keerai and cook for 2-3 mins and take off the heat.

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