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Keerai Milagu Kootu

Keerai milagu kootu is a traditional South Indian rice accompaniment/ side dish prepared with spinach, moong dal and channa dal. Fresh ground spice paste gives a nice flavor to the kootu.
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Course: Kootu
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Spinach - 150 grams
  • Moong dal or toor dal - 1/3 cup
  • Channa dal - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Water - 1 cup + 3/4 cup

To grind:

  • Grated coconut fresh/frozen - 1/4 cup
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tbsp
  • Cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli - 2

To temper:

  • Coconut oil - 1/2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Asafotida - generous pinch


  • Dry roast the ingredients gives under "to grind" except coconut into golden brown. Add coconut give a quick stir. Switch off and let it cool down. Grind into a paste with litter water
  • Switch on the instant pot in sauté mode and add oil and when the oil is hot add the ingredients under "to temper" let it splutter
  • Add spinach, moong dal, Channa dal and mix well
  • Add the ground paste, turmeric powder, asafotida, water; mix well
  • Switch the instant pot to manual mode, cook on high temperature for 21 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. Add salt; mix well
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  1. Coconut oil gives nice flavour to the Kootu, any other oil can be used used
  2. Adjust the water according the consistency you prefer
  3. If you think kootu is watery let it boil for sometime in sauté mode
  4. kootu can also be cooked in pressure cooker. Put everything in pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistles
  5. If you prefer to cut down coconut. Cumin-pepper powder can be used for instead of spice paste
  6. Adjust the spice according to your taste
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