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Keerai Kootu / Keerai Sambar / Keerai Kadayal

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 11:44:00 AM

Keerai Kootu is a famous south Indian recipe made with Spinach and dal (we can use both pasalai keerai and arai keerai for this recpe ) . This recipe is an excellent side for rice, dosa , chapathi and Idli. I use to add Sambar powder to make the dish more special and I can guarantee that everyone who hates spinach will definitely love this simple and easy Keerai kulambu. Lets see how to make this Keerai Kootu, lets get started.

Please click here to watch Keerai Koootu in Tamil - Madras Samayal.

Serving Size           : 4 - 5 people

Preparation Time  : 10 minutes

Cooking Time        : 25 minutes

Difficulty: Spice Level:
Quantity Ingredients for Keerai Kootu Recipe
1 tbsp  Oil
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
Garlic cloves
3 Green Chilies
10 Pearl Onions /  Shallots
2 tsp Sambar powder 
1/4 tsp  Turmeric powder
250 g  Keerai / Spinach / Pasalai Keerai or arai keerai
1 cup Thoor dal (200 g)

Salt to taste

For Tempering
1 tspOil
1/8 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tspUrad dal
Dry red chilies

Curry leaves

Pinch of Asafoetida  / Kaayam

Cooking Method

Step 1) Cook Dal:
Wash and cook dal in a pressure cooker with required water for 4 whistles. Make sure the dhal is mushy once cooked.

Step 2) In a pan heat oil and add Cumin seeds, garlic, green chilies, pearl onions and saute if for a minute. Then add tomato and cook for 2 more minutes.

Step 3) Now add in the keerai (spinach ) I have taken pasalai keerai today, we can also use arai keerai, both tastes excellent for this recipe. Cook for a minute and once the spinach becomes soft add sambar powder and turmeric powder and cook a little longer.

Step 4) Add the cooked dal and mix it well with the spinach. Add required salt and let it boil for a minute.

Step 5) Now the final step is to temper, heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, once the seeds pops add urad dal, cumin seeds, dry red chilies , curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. Turn off the heat and add it on the top od keeari kootu and mix well.

That's it our delicious keerai kootu is ready to be enjoyed with Rice, Dosa , Chapathi or Idli. You can also add ghee on the top for extra flavor and taste. Please do try this delicious keerai Sambar and enjoy with your friends and family.

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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