Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Spinach kootu

A hearty and delicious Indian vegetarian main .  This is from the edible garden.  Here's the link--
http://www.cookingandme.com/2013/10/spinach-kootu-spinach-kootu-recipe.html


SPINACH KOOTU RECIPE

Preparation time: 10 minutes 
Cooking time: 20 minutes 
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup of moong dal (cherupayar, paasi paruppu) 
3 cups of packed, chopped spinach leaves 
1 tomato (optional) 
1/3 cup of grated coconut 
1 tsp of cumin seeds (jeera, jeerakam) 
2 shallots 
1/2 tsp of minced garlic 
1/2 tsp of red chilli powder 
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder 
2 tsp of oil 
1 tsp of mustard seeds 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Wash the dal and add to a large cooking pot along with the spinach, chopped tomato (if using), turmeric, and 2 cups of water.
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2. Simmer until the ingredients are cooked and soft. This takes about 10-12 mins on low flame. If not done, cook longer and add more water if required.
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3. Meanwhile, grind together coconut + shallots + garlic + red chilli powder + cumin seeds with some water to a smooth paste.
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4. Add this to the cooked dal mixture along with 1 cup water. Note that if the cooked dal is watery, you can skip adding more.
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5. Simmer for another 5-8 mins. Add salt.
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6. Heat the oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds. When they pop, add to the cooked kootu. Mix well.
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Serve spinach kootu hot with rasam and rice or chapati / roti. You can make this kootu with chana dal (kadala paruppu) too.

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