Tuesday, August 24, 2010

keerai molagootal

Keerai mulakootal is a Kerala based recipe with all the goodness of dhal and greens. It can be served as a curry over rice or a great side dish with roti.

spinach (pasali keerai) - 25 leaves
(or) any greens like amaranth / ponnanganni - 1 cup (chopped)
Thoor dhal (red gram) - 1/4 cup
shredded coconut - 2 tbsp
urid dhal (black gram) - 1 tsp
dry red chillies - 2
cumin - 1/4 tsp
salt - to taste
coconut oil - 1 tsp
mustard - 1/4 tsp
shallot (chopped) - 1 tbsp (optional)
curry leaf - few

Wash and clean the dhal and keerai separately. Chop the greens finely.

Cook the dhal with 1 cup water, turmeric - a pinch and asafoetida - a pinch. Pressure cooking the dhal is more convenient. We can cook the dhal in advance and freeze for future use too. This saves a lot of time.

Fry the urid dhal , red chillies and cumin in a drop of oil. Grind them coarsely along with coconut to a fine paste.

Now pour the excess water from cooked dhal and cook the spinach. Mash the greens coarsely. Add the masala paste, mashed dhal to the cooked greens and put salt to taste.

Heat the coconut oil in the pan, add the mustard and let it crackle. Slightly fry the onion, curry leaves and run it over the greens. Mix well.

Switch off as it comes to a boil.

Keerai mulagootal is ready!

Serving suggestions:
The above said quantity is for 2 people.
Serve as curry over rice. Paruppu thogayal (dhal chutney) and fried appalam are the traditional side dishes for this.
Another way is to serve as side dish with rasam+rice.
Pairs well with roti also.


Pavithra Srihari said...

my all time favourite .. never made with coconut oil though .. will try it


Looks healthy and delicious, keerai is my favorite too...

aipi said...

This is totally new to me..looks very interesting n delish!!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Pavithra & Palatable:
Thanks for liking this my friends.

FYI: Coconut oil is one of the best oils in the world. The health benefits are completely shadowed. Nearly a generation back,this was a popular one for deep frying also. Something happened in btwn and people have forgotten this flavorful, beautifying, therapeutic oil. If you want to know more, pls go through the following link:


Suja Sugathan said...

Absolutely love this curry..kerai is my favorite too.

Suman Singh said...

healthy and delicous dal.

Swathi said...

Keerai molagootal looks delicious.Amma is used to make it lot. I miss them.

Satya said...

this keerai looks delicious ...love the combo .. addition of coconut must give a nice taste to dal ...i will try it soon ...thanks for sharing dear


Superchef said...

I love the color of this molagootal. Mine is usually yellowinsh green in color as i use a lot of turmeric and use green chillies instead of the red ones.

Nandini said...

Coconut oil must give extra flavor to molagootal! Healthy dish!!

Pavithra said...

Anything with keerai I love.. This looks super good and tempting.

Sushma Mallya said...

healthy and delicious...

Prathibha said...

well balanced food..looks yummy

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy choice dear...yummy

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very Interesting preparation. Loved the color and texture.Would love to try it at least once and then get back to you.

Hamaree Rasoi

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy dal... I make it too sometimes...

Dr.Sameena Prathap


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Priya said...

Definitely coconut oil will give more taste, thanks for sharing..

Jay said...

Surely delectable and the way you have presented is very scrumptious dear...:)

DEESHA said...

nice & healthy dish

Dr.Sameena Prathap


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Poonam said...

Which brand of coconut oil we can use, ?? since i have never used coconut oil for cooking ...thnx

Viki's Kitchen said...

Poonam: Reg that coconut oil, I use the 'parachute - 100% pure coconut oil'(which is the only one brand available here). But any brand we get in Indian grocery stores is ok. If the ingredient list in the label says, only coconut oil then we are good.
If possible try to buy extra virgin coconut oil. Thats the best. In my home town sometimes we send the coconuts we get from the farm to the mill and get the oil.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

I havent added shredded coconut, ofcourse all kerala recipes call for coconut & coconut oil should taste great with them!!!

krithika said...

I tried this today as i have an addiction to green leaves... Yummmy it tasted really different

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Krithika. Adding more fibrous food like greens is said to be good for you at this time. But don't take the greens at night as they need more activity to digest. Have a blessed day filled with joy dear.