Sunday, January 9, 2011

Palak Keerai Kootu

Other names - Spinach Dhal / Spinach greens Dhal / Palak Dhal / Palak Kootu / Spinach Kootu

Prep Time: 15 min (except washing time)
Cooking Time: 10 min
Serves: 3 to 4


Ingredients
  1. Fresh Palak (finely chopped) - 2 bunches
  2. Split yellow moong dhal (dry roasted) - 1/4 cup
  3. Onion (finely chopped) - 2 medium sized
  4. Tomatoes (finely chopped) - 3 small sized
  5. Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Grind to a fine paste
  1. Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  2. Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  3. Green chillies - 2 to 3
For seasoning
  1. Vegetable oil - 2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  3. Split urad dhal - 1 tsp
  4. Garlic pods (crushed) - 12 to 15
  5. Cumin powder / seeds - 2 tsp
Method
  1. Separate palak leaves from the stalk; soak leaves in water; set aside for about 15 min.
  2. Rinse leaves in water for 3 to 4 times in order to discard impurities; chop finely; set aside.
  3. Dry roast split yellow moong dhal in a wok until light brown; allow to cool.
  4. Pressure cook dhal adding turmeric powder; give a standing time to pressure cooker; open lid & mash the hot cooked dhal with the help of a ladle; set aside.
  5. Grind the above mentioned ingredients to a smooth paste adding little water.
  6. Heat vegetable oil in a wok, add mustard seeds & let it splutter.
  7. Add split urad dhal, garlic pods, cumin powder and saute for a min or two.
  8. Add finely chopped onion & saute for 2 min.
  9. Add finely chopped tomatoes & saute for another 2 min.
  10. Add finely chopped palak; saute for a min; close with lid & cook for 3 to 5 min.
  11. Add mashed dhal, ground paste; close with lid; allow to boil for 3 min; switch off gas.
  12. Transfer contents to a serving dish; drizzle two tsp of coconut oil, combine & close with lid.
  13. Serve hot with steamed rice & ghee, sambhar sadam or rasam sadham; also serves best with chapathis, rotis & phulkas.

2 comments:

  1. Hey,

    The palak keerai kootu looks very tempting...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  2. Hi Sameena! Thank you for your comments!
    Good work! Keep it up!

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