Manathakkaali Keerai Kootu

An easy kootu made with spinach (manathakkali keerai), green dhal and coconut. This dish is served with steamed for lunch and dinner. Here is a list of different kinds of spinach (keerai)

Manathakkaali Keerai Kootu

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: KootuCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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An easy kootu made with spinach (manathakkali keerai), green dhal and coconut.


  • Manathakkali Keerai – 1 bunch

  • Green Gram Dhal – ½ cup

  • Coconut gratings – ¼ cup

  • Green chilies – 2

  • Jeera – 1 teaspoon

  • Rice – 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric Power – a pinch

  • Salt – ½ teaspoon or as per taste

  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon

  • Small onion – 2 Nos


  • Remove the leaves from the stem (stem should not be used. The stems are hard and have bitter taste). Wash and chop the greens.
  • Cook the green gram dhal along with turmeric till soft. Add the greens to cooked dhal and cook on low flame.
  • Grind coconut, green chilies, jeera and rice to a fine paste and add to the greens and stir well.
  • Season it with mustard and small onion chopped finely.


  1. i want to try this recipe. but i don’t know what manathakkaali is. could you help please?

  2. found the picture of manathakkaali. thanks.

  3. Dear Kamala ,plz leave me some recipie details of white radish LEAVES ,how to prepare kootu with this??

  4. Hi madam ,I tried this recipe today,it was a great hit, nobody in my house like this healthy keerai ,but now I’m happy im able give it this way.thanks a lot

  5. Sushmita Mitra

    Dear Kamla mam your website is super hit. I have bookmarked ur site and I feel every recipe of urs is best of all. They are practical and Delicious. I love ur recipes.

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