Healthy, Easy – Spinach Kootu

The below is the recipe for the comfort food in the SJ household. I learnt this recipe from my MIL , its a super hit because it is a sure shot food that M loves to eat and will eat it any time of the day – With rice or chappatis.

I do not have to explain the goodness of Spinach and Since there is moong daal added in it, Its added goodness. This dish can be prepared so quickly that it will be ready before the time rice is cooked.

Ingredients :

  1. Fennel Seeds – 1/2 Teaspoon
  2. Jeera Seeds  – 1/2 Teaspoon
  3. 1 Teaspoon Oil
  4. 1 Medium Onion
  5. 3 cloves of garlic
  6. 1/2 Teaspoon of Turmeric
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Moong Daal – 1/2 cup
  9. 1 medium size tomato.
  10. 2 green chillies.

Step 1 : Heat 1 Teaspoon of Oil in a small pressure cooker, add Fennel and Jeera.image2

Step 2: Add Chopped Onion and Chopped garlic cloves and saute


Step 3 : Add turmeric powder, salt and washed Moong Dhal and fry.


Step 4  :Add a couple of green chillies and water and bring to Boil


Step 5 : Add the chopped Spinach leaves :


Step 6 : Add chopped tomatoes :


Step 7 : Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles or 10 minutes.


Step 8 : Mix the mixture well and enjoy with hot rice and some ghee..


I did not add ground coconut, since M likes it this way.

My MIL will skip the Jeera and the Green Chilli step in the recipe and will grind coconut, Jeera and green chillies and add it at the end and simmer it for a few minutes. This adds to the taste.

Hope you try it and enjoy the goodness this easy and healthy dish brings.

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5 Responses to Healthy, Easy – Spinach Kootu

  1. anisnest says:

    I make this atleast once a week.. Such a comfort food..

  2. It’s a regular at our home too … We call it dal palak and I often mix all kinds of dals too !!

  3. liliputs says:

    That’s a easy breezy 🙂 i am gonna try this 🙂

  4. Lavender says:

    Love this kootu 🙂 Every Saturday, we have this..

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