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Keerai Milagootal

Keerai Milagootal is a Palakad dish made from greens and toor dal. You can use spinach, amaranth leaves or otheYou can serve this with rice or roti.  It is easy to make and a healthy dish with lots of protein and other nutrients.

My mother in law is here and I am learning a lot of Palakad (Kerala) dishes from her. I really like the simple and flavorful dishes that she cooks. Keep posted for more traditional and tasty dishes…

Preparation time: 30 minutes

No. of servings: 4

Spice level: 2.5 out of 5


  • Spinach – 250 gram
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Dried red chilies – 2
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Shredded coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Toor dal – 1/2 cup
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds and urad dal – 1 tsp each

Method of Preparation:

Pressure cook toor dal with 1 and 1/2 cups of water and mash it. Wash and finely chop spinach. Boil with 1/2 cup of water until it is cooked and shrunk.

Heat a tsp of oil and roast dried chilies and a tsp of urad dal until it becomes golden brown. Grind roasted chili, urad dal along with cumin, coconut and a little water to a fine paste.

Finally add cook spinach and pulse for a couple of times.

Add spinach mixture and cooked toor dal to a sauce pan or kadai and bring it to a boil. Remove from heat. Milagootal is ready. Heat a tsp of oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds. After it splutters add urad dal and fry until golden brown.

Add this to the cooked spinach milagootal. Serve hot with rice or roti.


  1. Sounds like something I’ve got to make!

  2. looks yumm and healthy

  3. what a lovely colour. very healthy.

  4. Thank u all.