Keerai Poricha Kootu - Comfort In A Bowl!

Greens in Lentils and Coconut Based Curry:

Other Names: Greens Olan. Green leafy vegetables in Lentils and Coconut Based Curry.

When I was growing up, green leafy vegetables used to be a quintessential part of our daily diet! Upon hitting the age - teen, my food preferences centered around...with heavy dose of spice, restaurant delights, thick gravies, fiery hot meals, deep-fried junks and something always exotic in nature!!! Later, when I picked up cooking on my own, I gave least importance to my traditional daily food! Kept exploiting various ways of sabotaging the nutritious stuff! Was least guilty to mutilate a perfect recipe in the name of 'enriching'!

Anyhow, after a prolonged expedition in the wild...finally arrived at a plateau! Where I realized the importance of good cooking! Yep, this is an era of traditional food comeback! I am looking forward for more native vegetables and seafood! Checking out the old-fashioned recipes! Now-a-days, the fresh greens from the backyard/produce section gives an aura of health benefits and goodness written all over it! As they say,...'they always come back', so did I:)


Amaranthus / Paruppu keerai 1 bunch
Moong dal cooked 1 cup
Grated coconut 1 tablespoon
Green chilies 3
Ginger 1" grated
Urad dal 2-4 teaspoons - roasted
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Turmeric 1 pinch
Oil few spoons
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Asafoetida 1 pinch
Curry leaves few.


Heat the oil in a wide wok, add the tempering spices and followed by greens and cooked lentils. Further add salt and turmeric, cover and cook.

Blend the roasted urid dal, cumin seeds, chilies, ginger and coconut together to fine paste.

Now add the same to the pot and continue cooking without lid, until it thickens.

Serve warm to go with your meals.


Prabhamani said...

Easy healthy recipe... :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I make moong dal with greens, but this is different, looks great. I will give it a try soon :)

Nisha said...

Would love have this with rice and papadam

Priya said...

Poricha kootu looks super delicious and comforting..

Now Serving said...

ammadi, I can eat that full bowl, malar - thanks for reminding me to blog this dear - pani yugam aachi - inum samayam varala blog panna!

Sathya Sankar said...

Wow, wonderful keerai kootu, a very comforting dish!


Sobha Shyam said...

I too make this in a slight different way..healthy one..greens n dal..good combination!!

Sensible Vegetarian said...

This looks so delicious. Very frequent in my house hold and we all simply love it.

divya said...

Wonderful presentation, tempting n looks fabulous..

sangee vijay said...

paruppu keerai with moongdal excellent n healthy...looks so inviting malar...like to have with hot rice n pickle...slurp!!!!!!!!!

VineelaSiva said...

Its nice combo we love it.

Vidhya said...

Yes this is indeed a comfort in a bowl.I love this with rice and pickle.

Swathi said...

Looks awesome, love this traditional curry.

SouthindianHome said...

Looks delicious and yummy
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Hari Chandana said...

Yummy kootu recipe.. looks too good !!
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