Sunday, September 6, 2009

Amaranth Leaves Kootu/Thandu Keerai Kootu

Amaranth leaves well known as Thandu Keerai, we get very much easily if u were living in India..For peoples who are living especially in France, its quite tough to get fresh green leaves liks amaranth leaves, drumstick leaves etc..Last week when i went to chinese store i crossed this amaranth leaves accidently, needless to say how i was glad to get these fresh green leaves, immediately i picked a bunch of this greens and was really happy for getting this greens..You may thing wat about Indian stores, yea we do get many green from Indian stores..but sometimes i felt that its smells really very different and my H also find out that those greens tastes slightly bitter, so its quite a long i forgotten to buy the greens from Indian stores except the methi leaves...Its was recommended to have a greens dish atleast daily or else twice or thrice a week...Greens are really healthy for everyone specially to kids, pregnant ladies and aged peoples...Coming to this amarnath leaves, its seems there are about 60 varieties, some with plain green leaves and stalks while some with red leaves, some with purple lines..While choosing this green leaves, always choose bright green leaves..both leaves and tender part of the stems are edible, the health benefits of this amarnath leaves is very much good source of vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin B1,vitamin C, riboflavin,folate and dietary minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc,copper and manganese...This green leaves can be prepared as stir fries or simply saute like thoran or as poriyal, this kootu is such a delicious dal with coconut-cumin paste, tastes divine with hot steaming rice and simple potato roast.

1bunch Amarnath leaves (washed and chopped)
1/2cup Moongdal
1/2tsp Turmeric powder
1no Onion (chopped)
1/2no Tomatoes (chopped)
2nos Garlic (smashed)
1tsp Ginger (smashed)
1/2tsp Mustard seeds
1/4tsp Urad dal
3nos Dry red chillies

To Grind:
2tbsp Grated coconut
2nos Green chillies
1/2tsp Cumin seeds

Grind as fine paste with the ingredients from 'To Grind' and keep aside...Pressure cook the moongdal and turmeric powder together for three whistles and keep aside.

Heat few drops of oil, add the chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, smashed garlic cloves and smashed ginger pieces and saute until the onions turns transculent..add the chopped amarnath leaves and cook until they shrinks.

Add immediately the cooked moongdal to the greens, bring it to boil, now add the fine paste of coconut mixture, salt and add enough water if needed..cook for few minutes and put of the stove.

Heat a tsp of oil and add the mustard seeds, urad dal and dry red chillies until they get fry and add immediately to the amarnath leaves kootu..

Serve hot with hot steaming rice and spicy potato roast...


  1. one of my favourite kootu....looks yummy

  2. Our fav Keerai kootu! Looks tempting! My dad advises to eat keerai at least 5 days a week!

  3. wow.. great.. i am searching mulai keerai here.. but ???

  4. I love greens. This kootu looks delish, Priya!

  5. The leaves are new to me, i admire you choosing different ingredients and cisines and making it in to a delicious new recipe..!:)

  6. Amarnath with moong dal sounds delicious and healthy priya..I have passed an award to you, pls accept it :)

  7. my fav curry..but i always make with toor daal,will try with moong daal next time...perfect with rice...

  8. This is my favorite keerai Priya...though I dont find these here these days...looks very delicious dear :)

  9. It's a fav for me too healthy and delicious kootu.

  10. This is one of my favorite kootu, but unfortunately we get Thandu keerai very rarely and it is only spinach year round.

  11. I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for the wonderful presentation. Kootu looks yummy and delicious.
    You are welcome in my blogs.

  12. Hi priya dear.. do check my blog for ur award!

  13. a very nutritious daal....nice recipe. Collect your award from my blog

  14. Lovely dish... Looks Gr8 .. healthy too.. :)

  15. sooper recipe...wanna try this out!

  16. Keerai kootu looks very delicious, very appetizing.

  17. கீரை தண்டு கூட்டு அருமையாக இருக்கு...

    அமர்நாத்கீரை என்பது தான் தண்டு கீரை என்பது புதிய தகவல்....சூப்பர்ப்...

  18. கீரைக்கூட்டு ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்குப்பா,என்னுடைய பேவரிட் கூட.

  19. Looks great and yummy, simple and delicious.

  20. I halved all the ingredients and made this. It turned out quite good. I usually make Amaranth leaves(thotakura) pulusu.. but this is a good way to incorporate some dal into a thotakura dish. Thanks!

  21. Keerai poriyal is the best and i add lots of onion too.. The tapioca curry looks very delicious. How yummy
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