Monday, February 13, 2017

Keerai Kootu | கீரை கூட்டு | Spinach Curry


Ingredients :-
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 Spinach|keerai (I used thandan)    1 bunch
 Moong dal   ¼ cup
 Medium Onion (roughly chopped)    
 Tomato (roughly chopped)    1 
 Garlic  3 pods  
 Sambar powder   1 tsp  
 Turmeric powder   ¼ tsp
 Oil   1 tsp  
 Mustard   ¼ tsp
 Urad dal   1 tsp
 Cumin  1 tsp
 Curry leaves  few
 Salt to taste
 
To Grind : -
 Green chilli     4
 Grated coconut     ¼ cup
 Curry leaves   few  
 Pottu Kadalai  1 tbsp
 Water   to grind  
 
Method :- 
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1).  Remove the root and wash the keerai twice in plenty of water. Drain and chop it roughly, keep aside. Cook moong dal and keep aside. Grind the items listed under "to grind" to a fine paste, keep aside. 
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2). In a 2 liter pressure cooker, add 2tsp of water and 1tsp of oil. Layer chopped onions, tomatoes, keerai, tuermeric powder, sambar powder, garlic, salt and grounded paste. Close the lid and cook high for 2 whistles.

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3). Release the pressure of let it go by itself. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard, urad dal and cumin and saute till dals turn golden. Top this seasoning on top of kootu. Done ! 
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Serve with steamed rice with a dallop of ghee or as an accompaniment.  

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