Saturday, February 2, 2008

Keerai Kootu (Spinach Dal)

Spinach is one of my favorites, because there are so many possiblities with spinach and so much healthy!

Cooked spinach is an excellent source of iron, a mineral essential for women. Boosting iron by eating spinach is a good idea, because, in comparison to red-meat - a well known source of iron, spinach provides iron for less calories and totally fat-free!! cool!!

I make sure that I cook spinach atleast 3 times in a week.. this Keerai kootu is a very authentic south indian dish that is commonly cooked in every house.. Very easy, try it!


Spinach - 1 bunch
Toor Dal - 3/4 cup
Onion - 1 medium
Garlic - 4 pods
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Tomatoes - 1 cup (chopped)
Red chillies - 2
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp


1. Pressure cook toor dal, rougly chopped onions, chopped garlic, chopped tomatoes and turmeric powder together. Mix with 1 cup water and set aside.
2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds.
3. When they splutter, add red chillies and fry for a min.
4. Add chopped spinach, chilli powder and salt and fry well.
5. Cover and cook for a few mins in low heat.. until the spinach gets cooked and the water completely evaporates.
6. Add the cooked dal to the spinach mix and boil it for 5 mins. You can add more water if you need to.

Serve hot with plain rice or chapathis.

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