Keerai Kootu

March 26, 2014 Keerai/SpinachKootu / Poriyal Varieties  6 comments

Keerai Kootu is a very healthy kootu variety made with greens(spinach), dal & coconut. It is our family favourite. It goes very well with Puzhi Kuzhambu / Vatha Kuzhambu. I personally love to have it with hot steamed rice & papad – No kuzhambu is required.

Now to the recipe….


[Preparation Time-15 mins : Cooking Time- 20 mins]


  • Spinach – 1 bunch
  • Moong Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Salt – as needed
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal – 1 tbsp

To grind into a paste

  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Shallots – 4 to 5
  • Jeera / Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Green Chilly – 1
  • Pepper corn – 5 to 6


  • Separate the spinach leaves from the stems(Tender stems are ok to add). Wash & chop them roughly. Take a pressure cooker and add washed moong dal and water upto immersing level. To this add the chopped spinach, asafoteida & turmeric powder. Pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles.

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  • Take grated coconut, jeera, shallots, pepper corns & green chilly in a blender & grind it into a smooth paste. Keep this aside.

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  • Once the pressure releases from the cooker, mash the spinach & dal. To this add the ground coconut paste and mix.Add required salt and let it boil till the raw smell of the coconut paste goes off. It will not take more than 2-3 mins. Switch off the flame.

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  • Heat a pan with oil and temper with mustard. Once mustard pops add urad dal & fry till brown. Add this to the keerai kootu and mix.

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Yummy & healthy Keerai Kootu is ready.

Serve hot with steamed rice.



  1. Do not add more water to cook spinach & dal. Water added for moong dal is enough for the spinach to get cooked.
  2. U can fry finely chopped onions or vadagam while tempering and add to the keerai kootu.
  3. After adding the coconut paste, do not boil for a long time.
  4. U can use coconut oil for tempering too..

6 comments to Keerai Kootu

  • Prethika  says:

    Healthy and comforting kootu …

  • veenashankar  says:

    healthy kootu

  • Sonys kitchen  says:

    Never tried with coconut…….. Looks delicious, will try this!!

  • Smitha  says:

    nice healthy easy curry.. happy to follow u..

  • Priya  says:

    I make once a while this kootu with coconut, Healthy dish.

  • chitra  says:

    Healthy side dish.our family fav 🙂

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