November 16, 2017

Dal Palak /Keerai Kootu

         I make it a point to add greens at least once in a week for my kids.This a simple kootu i have made with spinach , you can do it with any greens available.Serve with hot rice adding a dallop of ghee and pappad.It is a meal on its own . You can add grated coconut  in the end , i didnt have it so i didnt add.Do try this and post your comments.I have made it less spicy you can make add more green chillies as per your taste.


  1. Spinach - 2 bunches , cleaned and chopped
  2. Yellow split moong dhall - 1/2 cup
  3. Garlic - 1 pod
  4. Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  5. Hing - 1/ tsp
  6. Whole Jeera  - 1/4 tsp
  7. Chilli - 2 ,chopped
  8. Small onions - 3 
  9. Salt as needed


  1. Oil - 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  3. Red chilly - 2 , chopped


  1. In a pan , wash the moong dhall and add enough water .
  2. Add turmeric powder and allow it to cook ,when it is 3/4th cooked ,then add the chopped spinach ,hing and small onions
  3. Grind together jeera and green chilly and add to the cooking dhal.
  4. When the dhal is cooked completely add salt and close the lid for 10 min in low flame.
  5. Now the dhal would have completely smashed .Remove from heat.
  6. In another pan , heat oil , let the mustard splutter , add the red chillies and saute it.Add to the cooked dal.
  7. Serve with hot rice and ghee.


  1. When the dal is cooked with lid closed ,the dhal and spinach gets completely smashed.
  2. Always season in the end.
  3. You can add grated coconut also in the end.