Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Keerai Kootu / Moong dal Spinach

I love keerai kootu..especially with  Amaranth leaves(mulai keerai). We could not find it in U.S.  But even with the spinach kootu is very tasty. Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source of all most all the vitamins, iron and calcium.

Preparation time: 35 minutes
No of Servings: 3-4
Spice level: 3


  • Spinach – 4 cups (Roughly chopped)
  • Moong dal – 1/3 cup
  • Onion – 1/2 (finely chopped)
  • Tomato – 1/2 (chopped)
  • Green chilly – 1
  • Sambar powder – 1 1/2 tsp (according to spice level)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Seasoning vadagam – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook the moong dal for 3 whistles with a pinch of asafoetida and turmeric powder.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the seasoning vadagam.
  3. Then add the green chilly followed by the chopped onions.
  4. Fry them till they become translucent and add the tomatoes.
  5. Then add the chopped spinach with little water.
  6. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder, salt and allow it to boil for 6 minutes.
  7. Then add the cooked dal and heat for another 5 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with rice.


  1. Wow, what a beautiful pic, delicious 🙂

    • Thanks so much for stopping by — and what a cool site you have!

  2. Looks comforting and healhty dish..

  3. keerai kootu looks delicious Arthi. Healthy one

  4. even i prepare it more or less tha same way..except ive never added sambar pwd..thts quite innovative i must say…

  5. looks so healthy…yumm

  6. Keerai Kootu looks great dear. Very well prepared. Clicks look great as well.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. thats a delicious kootu arthi i do the same combo but use coconut also.. really good one

  8. Woww.. very tempting recipe.. looks awesome 🙂

  9. This is always wonderful combo with all healthy stuffs..yummy!!!

  10. delicious kootu …love the combo …beautiful click too

  11. keerai kootu looks awesome. adding tomato is new to the flavour of vadam

  12. Healthy as well as delicious..

  13. Dal palak is one of my fav with rice, yours look so delicious & very healthy..

  14. A completely new rice dish for me. Looks so tempting!

  15. Are the mung bean you used shelled?

    • No Angie..they are not shelled.

  16. Healthy and delicious combo! Our all time fav:)

  17. Two of my favorite ingredients! That dish is so yummy looking!



  18. How creamy and delicious this looks! Great pics!

  19. Wow!! awesome..looks so delicious..

  20. what is seasoning vadagam? I see it in most of your recipies.

    • It gives a wonderful flavor for the kootu..Will get in all the shops in Tamilnadu. I am using the homemade ones.Will take a picture soon and add..or will post the recipe soon..It is a little big process I guess..

  21. Thank you all !!

  22. Hi Arthi,
    pls post the recipe of seasoning vadagam so people like me (Gujarati,Singapore) can also make mouth watering recipes posted by u and have the chance to have it.thanks in advance as i m expecting u to do it asap.regards

    • Hi,
      Really sorry for the delay..will post the recipe as soon as possible.

      • Hi Arthi,
        thanks for reply.i have posted querry on Sabudana Kheer more than 2 weeks ago but did not answered by Nithu.u can help me if u know the answer by replying me.