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Palak Keerai Kootu | Spinach Kootu

Kootu is mildly spiced coconut based South Indian stew with vegetables and lentils. Kootu is really easy to make and very healthy too. Kootu can be had with plain rice or served as a side dish for rasam or vathakuzhambu. Also see my other kootu recipes - bottlegourd kootu and chow-chow kootu.

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite - keerai kootu. I have used palak/spinach to make this kootu but you can use other varieties of greens too. This keerai kootu can be had with rice and some vegetable curry. Since its mildly spiced, it goes well with vathakuzhambu and rasam. We enjoyed a hearty meal with this kootu, brinjal fry, jeera milagu rasam and hot piping rice!


{ Spinach and lentil dish with ground coconut, chillies and cumin }
Serves 2


1 bunch palak / spinach (about 150-200g)
¼ cup moong dal / paasi paruppu
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

To grind:
3 tbsp grated coconut
2 green chillies
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp rice flour

To temper:
1 tsp coconut oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
1 dry red chilly broken
Few curry leaves


1. Wash the dal and add ½ cup water, pinch of turmeric powder and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Once pressure releases, open and mash dal. Set aside.

2. Grind coconut, green chillies, jeera and rice flour to a paste adding little water.

3. Wash the spinach well to remove any sand or dirt and drain the water completely. Chop them finely.

4. Add the spinach to a vessel with salt, turmeric powder and ½ cup water and cook uncovered over medium heat.

5. Once the spinach is cooked, mash it with the ladle. Add the ground paste and bring to boil. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

6. Add dal and cook for another 2-3 minutes. In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add red chilly, curry leaves and pour over kootu.

Serving Suggestion ~ Rice or side-dish for rasam / vatha kuzhambu.

Notes and Tips
  • You can use 2 dry red chillies instead of green chillies.
  • The kootu generally has thick consistency. So add water according and once it has thickened slightly, remove from heat.


  1. healthy kootu... super tempting..

  2. so comforting kootu.. So tasty too

  3. palak keerai kootu looks delicious.

  4. I too make this kootu love it ,brings back so many memories every time I have this.

  5. looks delicious..btw what is "jeera"?

    1. Thanks Shazzy Karim. Jeera is nothing but cumin seeds.

  6. Ah... that's loads of iron content in there... looks amazing... :)

  7. very nutritious kootu prepared so good! Will try sometime!

  8. Very nice Color kootu and healthy dish...

  9. healthy kootu, lovely colour and cute little kadai!! :)

  10. Lovely clicks Sona.. Healthy kootu.. looks tasty.

  11. So delicious and healthy keerai kootu.. Nice pics.

  12. I love spinach, but I haven't had it with coconut before. Great idea!

  13. Loving the kootu., specially the green colour ... and it looks so yummy too.

  14. Yummy palak kootu....Itz really tempting..... :)

  15. Delicious and healthy keerai kootu. Loved your clicks Sona.

  16. Tasty and healthy kootu.. The whole platter looks inviting.

  17. Lovely kootu...looks yummy and healthy.

  18. healthy and delicious kootu.....

  19. Kootu looks very tempting, nice green color..

  20. good one sona even we do the same way :)

  21. healthy kootu!! a must recipe for everyday!!!

  22. Kids will get enough nutrition and stay healthy with all these ingredients


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