keerai kootu

Keerai Kootu


  • Keerai- 1 bunch – (You can use any greens)
  • Green Gram dhal – ½ cup
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Onion – 1/2 chopped finely
  • Sambar powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Coconut gratings – 1 tablespoon
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Oil- 2 tsp
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon


  1. Cook green gram dhal till soft.
  2. Remove the roots and wash the keerai thoroughly. Chop the keerai finely.
  3. Place the chopped keerai in a thick bottomed vessel. Add salt, sambar powder and turmeric powder. Close it with a lid. Cook the keerai in slow flame. No need to add water since the keerai will cook in its own water content. When the keerai is cooked, add cooked dhal mashed nicely.
  4. Grind coconut and jeera to a paste and add this also to the keerai. Add little water and make it semi liquid. Allow to boil. Season it with mustard and chopped onion.


  1. vaalga tamil,valarga un pugal

  2. Tried it; very tasty, even without the fried onion.

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for visiting my site. Nice to hear that you tried this recipe.

  4. i think you should fry it with few chillies

  5. Thank you for visiting my site. Since we are adding sambar powder, no need to add chillies. However, if you require this kootu little spicy, then you can add chillies in the seasoning and add to the kootu.

  6. Thank you Ms Kamala, your recipe was very useful to me (living alone for some time abroad while wife is in Chennai). I slightly modified to include one tomato, and overall, was very satisfied. Will be using your website extensively over the next couple of months! 🙂

  7. Thanks, Ms Kamala, this recipe was very useful to me (living alone abroad for a short period while wife and kids are in Chennai). I slightly modified this to include one tomato, and was highly satisfied with the results. Am planning to use your website extensively over the next couple of months to improve my culinary skills! 🙂

  8. Hi Raghu,

    Thank you for visiting my site and your comments.

  9. Chennai Shopping Offers

    This is an incredible dish, I make this dish at least once a week at home..Really Yuummmmyyyyyy

  10. Hi Kamala,
    My suggestion was to put jeera and mashed garlic to the greens while cooking which will enhance the i right………..
    thank u

  11. Hi Lavanya,

    Nice suggestion. However, for Kootu, normally we do not add garlic. Only for Masiyal, we add garlic and jeera to the greens while cooking.

  12. latha.latharajalakshmi

    i like this receipies as it mke e remember my mummy. thanks ma


  13. Anonymous

    Hi Kamalaji,

    Nice receipe. I do not use onions or garlic in my cooking, so I modified the receipe by using a pinch of asafoetida anf ginger and it tasted very well.

  14. Madhavan

    Good it came well with less inputs.
    i tried it with toor dhall and seeragam, salt, and kulambu milakapodi but i missed perungayam

  15. excellent receipt. New way to try it.
    thanks kamala.

  16. very Good recepie……..

  17. is it split or whole green gram dhall?

  18. Simple to prepare, short time in kitchen, awesome to taste..! Thank you so much

  19. Thank you a lot. It helped me when I tried to cook for the first time 🙂

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  21. Dear Kamala Madam,
    I am a great fan of your receipes. I learnt cooking by following your receipes, now i have become a decent cook. Your description is very simple and easy to follow. Thanks for your help. – Vijay

  22. Hi Kamala,
    Not sure why you don’t use fresh garlic for this recipe. I am aware there are some people who don’d use garlic nor onions for their recipe.

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