Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Keerai Kootu / Spinach Moong Dhal Stew | South Indian Curry Recipes

Keerai kootu is a simple, earthy and healthy side for a spicy kulambu. Packed with protein and plenty of nutrients this spinach moong dhal stew is a perfect combo for chapathis also. I buy this big bag of Spinach from Costco and I love to include spinach in our meals in many forms. Spinach Chickpea pulao, Spinach chutney, Spinach Pesto and Paneer Spinach Pinwheels to name a few.

Serves - 4
Spinach - 5 cups - tightly packed - chopped
Yellow Moong Dhal - 2 tbsps - heaped
Onion - 1/4 cup - chopped fine
Dry red chillies - 3
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Wash the moong dhal and boil in 1 cup of water with a pinch of salt. Cook until the dhal still holds the shape but completely mashed when pressed between the finger tips. Set aside with the cooked water. In a kadai, heat oil and temper the mustard seeds, urad dhal, curry leaves and dry red chillies. When the mustard splutters, add the chopped onion and saute until transparent. Add the spinach and mix until it wilts. Continue cooking until the spinach is completely cooked. Add salt to taste, turmeric powder and the cooked dhal with water. Mix well and allow it to come to a boil. Remove from heat and serve as a side for rice or roti.


  1. Very healty combo of dal and spinach.

  2. Very tempting recipe... Drooling here... Healthy one too....😊

  3. like the click wit papad.. healthy kootu.. :)

  4. very very inviting and healthy kootu :)

  5. Very healthy kootu, superb presentation.


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