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Methi Kootu

My cousin told about making methi kootu using whole masoor. Both methi and whole masoor are highly nutritious. Methi is rich in Iron, Phosphorous, calcium and vitamins whereas whole masoor are essential source of inexpensive protein in many parts of the world for those who adhere to a vegetarian diet. These are also very rich in iron. This kootu is very simple and very healthy.

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

Ingredients :

  • Methi Leaves – a bunch (chopped)
  • Masoor dal whole (whole baby lentils) – 1/3 cup
  • Onion – 1/2 (finely chopped)
  • Tomato – 1/2 (chopped)
  • Sambar powder – 1 1/2 tsp (according to spice level)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Seasoning vadagam – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Salt – to taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook the masoor 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 chopped onions.
  4. Fry them till they become translucent and add the tomatoes.
  5. Then add the chopped methi with little water.
  6. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder, salt and allow it to boil for few minutes.
  7. Then add the cooked dal and heat for another 5 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with rice.


  1. Healthy n tasty curry

  2. Methi and massordal very nice combo and never attempted any gravy with methi. love the texture of the kootu

  3. Nice combo of healthy green and protein rich dal.

  4. that last pic look like a whole bunch of stars have fallen into the bowl..pretty:)

  5. Wat a comforting and healthy kootu..

  6. Yumm!! That looks delicious.

  7. The kootu looks very tempting and comforting. Great recipe 🙂

  8. Colourful kootu with nutritional values

  9. A delectable dish with a load of nutrition! Great images as well 🙂

  10. Methi kootu looks tempting
    thanks for visiting and hope in future also

  11. you have a great blog with yummy recipes…. included in my list…

  12. Oh this looks great!

  13. Yummy kootu, will be heavenly with ghee and rice combo.

  14. sounds so good,healthy one!

  15. I’m sure it was quite warm, comforting, and delicious!

  16. Healthy and delicious kootu..

  17. Thank you for the nice comments friends!!