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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Keerai-kootu-recipe            
   I love kootu varieties,especially the way my mom does it!! One of her best kootu is Mixed.veg kootu,I call it as sakalakalaa kootuLaughing. Me and my brother used to ask for second and third servings if she makes it and most of the time there will not be anything in the bowl for herself! Next to that kootu,keerai kootu is is the one i love,I can say,have I never tasted a better kootu than my mom’s!( I know this dialogue will be the most heard oneWinking)
         When my friend sangeeta left Singapore,I called her for lunch and this was in my menu….Her daughter and herself liked it very much,she gave her daughter, kootu with parata too and she said it was tasting good with that too! And I can say I am posting this for her and also it will help so many beginners!!
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Ingredients:

Keerai(I used Molai keerai with stem),Amaranth leaves 2 small bunches
Paasi paruppu/moong dal 3 tblsp
Sambhar powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/8 tsp
salt As needed
Sugar a pinch

To grind:

Coconut grated 1/4 cup
Rice flour 1/2 tsp
water little to grind

To temper:

Oil/Ghee 1 tblsp
Mustard 1 tsp
Urad dal/Ulutham paruppu 1/2 tsp
Jeera 1 tsp
Shallots/small onion 3 nos.

method:

1.  Remove the root part of the keerai  and wash them twice in plenty of water.Keep aside for the water to drain. Mean while,pressuure cook moong and grind the coconut and keep aside.Chop the keerai finely,with stem.
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2.Boil a cup of water,add turmeric,sambhar powder,salt followed by the chopped leaves.Turn the leaves after a minute to ensure even cooking.Cook till the stems are cooked well and then add the cooked,mashed moong dal and stir well.
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3. Add the ground coconut mixture and mix well,bring to boil.
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6.Switch off the flame and now temper with the items given in the To Temper table in order.
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Brown the onions nicely which is very important to enhance the flavor of the kootu.Mix well and serve as an accompaniment or mix this with ghee and rice,tastes heavenly!!
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Now Announcing “Cooking For Guests” Event!!

This idea was actually given by one of my best friend I got through blogging,Jeyashri Suresh! I agreed with a condition that she should send entries to the event Winking
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From August 1 to September 15
         Yet another event in this blog world,but will definitely help us when we are struggling to decide what to cook for the guests coming to home!!
Here’s the rules,please go through it :
  1. Post the complete spread you are specially cooking for the guests visiting your home. (For example..A starter,main course,side dish,dessert….) with recipes and pictures,in your blog in between the given date of August 1 to September 15. No non.veg dishes please!
  2. If you already have the recipes in ur blog posted,  link all the recipes under one new post and give at least one picture with all of your cooked items,together.
  3. Also write for whom you cooked and why you cooked those dishes if you really want to!!
  4. Link to this post,use the logo and mail me,the following details to tvijayanand1904@gmail.com
  • Name : Your preferred name to be displayed in the round up!
  • Name of your blog:
  • URL of the entry post :
  • Attach a picture containing all the dishes you made.(size doesn't matter)
Edited to add : 
Its not necessary that it should be a Dinner or lunch or a something specific,but it should have what you cooked for your guest,let it be a super duper spread from starter to dessert… or a simple peas pulav with dhal or a korma…whatever you make specially for you guests.
Please post a spread containing minimum of two or more combination recipes.
The purpose is to easily get an idea of what we are going to cook completely for our guests….
Hope and wish guest should visit your home in this period of timeWinking

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83 comments:

  1. I love the colour...excellent with rice

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  2. thank u so much raji.keerai kootu loks excellent. adding roasted onions is new o me. Will suely send entries to ur event

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  3. healthy dish raks...nice colour...will definitely send entries to ur event

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  4. hi Raji,
    LOL ...at the sakalakala kootu ...lol that sounds so cute n funny ;)
    Hmmm...I love greens and love them in dals :) Thanks for the recipe with step by step pics.
    WOW! I love the logo of the even ..lol it really is so cweet:)
    it's a fab theme!! and wishing u loads of fun hosting the event!
    TC

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  5. wow there is no tomato or tamarind in this kootu great since I don't eat pulippu on Friday s this will be a great choice for me simply superb and thank you so much for this delicious recipe looks great. And coming to your event great idea happy hosting will send some sure.

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  6. Nice theme Raji. Keerai kootu looks delicious!

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  7. Kootu looks yumm..Iam not making it nowadays..Just kadaiyal i make..Have to do and c whether raksha eats it..Nice theme..Will send in something for sure..Happy hosting !!

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  8. Hey awesome clicks and recipe ..
    Thanks for hosting such a wonderful event .Will surely try something .
    Btw ..Thanks for ur lovely commnt@my blog .
    Hey Haven't decided yet ..plz suggest me dear which one should i ?

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  9. Awesome pictures...love the color of the kootu...Happy hosting :)

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  10. Heartwaaarming Koottu, with lovely pics as usual...One of my husban'd favourites..
    Event announcement pathu ooodddi vanthen...4 course treat..:( ...hosting guests.. :((..namma pangu koncham kashtam than...

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  11. I loved the kootu....
    Awesome event. I have to post something...

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  12. Hey Raji ...Thanks soo much for ur help ..Planing to send 1 st one ..Thanks soo much dear ..:)

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  13. Oh wow.....that's an awesome recipe.....never tried with moong dal and coconut....looks yum....

    Coming to event....sounds gr8...will have to wait for the guest...hehehehe....

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  14. have something for u if time permits,..:-)hppy hosting,..

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  15. looks soo delicious and perfect...
    Lovely theme.. happy hosting dear!!

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  16. Lovely Kootu, very beautiful photographs. Will definitely send entries for the event.

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  17. The fried onions on top is such a fabulous idea and keerai kootu is my favorite. Have not made it with sambar powder before.

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  18. Lovely kootu..... Nice green color...
    Awesome event!!! Will definitely try to send entries to your event.......

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  19. Love that tadka with fried onions! Looks great!

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  20. Colorful&healthy dish!awesome pics
    as usual!
    Happy hosting dear!!!

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  21. this sounds yummo, raji. never tried this version before. hope i can participate in your event and send in some entries.

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  22. damn! i just cooked for people weekend before last and all the recipes are in my blog but i dont have a final pic :( i hardly ever entertain either..

    sigh.. nice idea for an event though..

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  23. Gorgeous Kootu! looks toooo tempting. Nice event! Happy hosting :)

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  24. Vibrant and pretty pics. And happy hosting the event.

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  25. Wow! you have taken the humble jeerai kootu to another level with the addition of coconut and the onion tempering! Great recipe!

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  26. Hi, Super blog & great Picture. Hats off.
    I am a blog-beginer from Bangalore.
    Hav a look @ my site whenever u find time..
    http://ullekha.blogspot.com/search/label/FOOD

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  27. nice recipe .. & a nice event too. Happy hosting dear

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  28. Lovely kootu...what a great event dear...will definitely help us to get some ideas....

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  29. Wow looks so yummy. nice click.

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  30. What great pics Raks..cant stop drooling..I hav tried this with toor dal but not with moong dal..will do tat next time..n this sambar powder always confuses me..u have alink of it here?else could u please share it with us?
    ..n I have something coming up for the event..!:)

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  31. Nice click dear!! u r really patient enough to take step by step pics ..
    Lovely Dish

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  32. Nice picture Raks..This is my favourite kootu too. :-) Reg the event, if there are no guests during the event duration, I can't participate in the event, is it???? :-(

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  33. healthy kootu.....nice event

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  34. Thanks for clarifying my doubt reg the vent Raks..I have been planning to make an elaborate meal for the family eversince I bought "dinner menus" mini book series by tarla dalal..Now, definitely I will make it atleast to participate in the event. :-)

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  35. i loved keerai kootu, looks soooo good! nice idea for event, i'll be entertaining few guests in august so the timing is perfect!

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  36. Awesome click as usual Raji... Do you use a SLR camera. I am thinking of buying one too..

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  37. Any dish with greens is tempting to me... Looks awesome!

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  38. this looks very nice!! Love the theme of your event will try and send in something!

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  39. Hi Raji,
    Please accept your award from my blog
    Regards,
    Hema.

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  40. Dish looks very healthy with all the greens.Have fun hosting :)

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  41. nice color......looks great

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  42. lovely green kootu. Have aproper menu for the event. will send for the event.

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  43. Great event,It will help most of us as we tend to be in a dilemma of what to cook when guests arrive.
    Kootu looks delicious. I normally will not add rice powder, should try next time.

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  44. the kootu looks great! the pics look amazing.

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  45. I very much miss this leafy vegetable here...nice if could get a bowl of it for my dinner

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  46. Kootu looks mouth-watering!!!

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  47. Hi Raji , Please collect the award from my blog .
    Loved the recipe & the colour ...Very nice ...

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  48. Count on my entry too. I am visiting your blog first time and will return again.
    Do find time to dig into my space and leave me a note.

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  49. Please pick up your awards and tags from my blog.

    http://teluguruchi.blogspot.com/2009/07/tagged-and-awarded.html

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  50. hi raks...i have nominated u for the kreativ blogger award as i feel u truely deserve this as u got a really lovely blog....pls collect it from my blog...

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  51. Delicious kootu.. Even i love it..! Yummy!

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  52. Guess that..I saw ur announcement at the right time..am expecting some guests next week..so most probably u will get my entry soon

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  53. Hey gal how r u? Yup am back...tell u the story later ;)..inbtw kootu looks so gud and wow your event...cool ma

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  54. Hi Raks,...
    Please feel free to post about ur event to our non-commercial food bloggers community... We are 6 members now and growing! The idea is to make sure nobody misses the cooking events in blogosphere
    http://cookingandbakingfetish.ning.com/

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  55. Raj, i really loved that seasoning! :)

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  56. very nice event.I'll surely try for it

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  57. Hi there,

    First time on your blog and that sounds like a really nice event..Thoughtful as it would give n ideas for cooking for guests...Will def submit my entries...

    Shobha

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  58. Hey...would love to participate...but have a tiny doubt...i have the starter and dessert not in the same picture...and they are not indian dishers...it is ok?

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  59. And not to forget your Keerai Kootu looks yumm and tempting!

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  60. just had guests last evening..have individual pics but not together,,too bad i cany take part..will c next time!

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  61. Kootu is my fav and appetizing keerai kootu :)

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  62. looking forward to the round trip :)

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  63. Just dropped in my entry....

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  64. Just dropped in my entry....

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  65. Nice theme and kottu looks delicious...
    Waiting for the round up...

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  66. Nahiiiin!I don't have any pictures of whole spread. I don't have many guests first place. And by the way nice kootu :) Come, participate in my event!

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  67. love the pics! healthy kootu! yummm

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  68. Hi Raks,

    Some of the traditional recipes in your "Raks" blogspot Rocks!!

    I tried this Koorai Kootu with one variety of thandu keerai we get here in the US (not sure of the Keerai's name).

    It simply tasted awesome. We as a family had it mixed with rice, as a side for chappatis and it was very good. Thanks for this recipe.

    I think the trick is adding ground coconut+rice flour and brown roasted onions. Yum!

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  69. Raji, I tried dis yummy kootu:) so tasty:) no tamarind...no tomato..still so tasty:) could do it in minutes:) nice option for spinsters lik me:) thank u:) I decided to try many more!!!

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  70. Thank you for the feedback :)

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  71. please can you tell me what is this KEERAI and MOLAI keerai i would like to make eat assoon as possible by look only i cant resist leaving the receipe page can you answer my comment.
    THANKYOU

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  72. You are the Mother if all Recipes ... Love u Sis ... God Bless You !!!

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  73. What do i say.. im speechless... your recipies are the ultimate..... i cant thank u enuff.. tried this recipie.. simply loved this stuff. the best part is my 8 month old baby who usually prefers/ has a sweet tooth was literally licking this curry.. he he he

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  74. I LIKED THE PICTURE AND THE RECEIPE SEEING ONLY I FELL LIKING EAT IT LOOKS SO VERY VERY TASTY BUT TO TELL YOU I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS KEERAI KOTTU WHICH VEGETABLE IS IT I KNOW ITS GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLE BUT I STAY IN GOA SO WHAT ITS THE OTHER NAME FOR IT PLEASE DO LET ME KNOW. I HAD MAILED BUT YOU DIDNT REPLY PLEASE DO REPLY NOW. SORRY FOR TROUBLE AND THANKS A LOT FOR SHARING YOUR RECEIPE.

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  75. Hi Rena, it is Amaranth leaves. Let me know if you still having trouble in figuring out the spinach.

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  76. Thank you so is it spinach? OR Amarnath leaves n spinach are same? Some one from here told me it might be bachala its like creeper n leaves are like money plant but thin n green in colour. so please do reply to my mail n thank you once again.and my name is Rehana.
    Rehana

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  77. Its Amaranth leaves only.

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  78. u can also add jeera while griding coconut, gives nice taste...

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  79. grinding jeera with coconut gives nice taste...

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  80. Hi Raji... I have been going through your blog since recent times, kind of addicted to ur blog :)) almost everyday looking into it and trying each of your delicacies , Became my closest friend becoz of that, especially your karadaian nonbu adai, my mom only makes it every time, after seeing that gorgeous texture in your blog i pinned to give it a try on my own, like that i can keep on telling about you :)) today i tried this keerai kootu , it came out well, this time i wanted to write to you , thank u so much

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    1. Thank you very much :) Friend :)

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