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Pasalai Keerai Kootu (Spinach with Dal)

pasalai_spinach_kootu_8 Pasalai Keerai Kootu is a good combination of green leaves and lentils. This dish is good for health as it uses less oil and spices.

Serves: Four

Cooking time:

  • soaking time: 30 minutes
  • cooking time: approximately 20 minutes.


  • Spinach leaves chopped – 2 cups
  • Split green gram (moong dal) – 1/2 cup
  • Cooking oil – 2 tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For grinding
    • Coconut – 1/8 of a coconut
    • Coriander seeds – one tea spoon
    • Red chilly – one
    • Pepper – 1/2 tea spoon
    • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tea spoon
    • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tea spoon
    • Garlic – 2 pods
    • Curry leaves – few
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – 1/2 tea spoon
    • Black gram – 1/2 tea spoon
    • Onion – 1 chopped
    • Tomato – 1 chopped
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Asafetida (hing) – pinch



Step 1

  • Soak split green gram for half an hour and drain; pressure cook green gram, chopped spinach with turmeric powder and a few drops of oil.

Step 2

  • Fry all items given for grinding with 1/2 tea spoon oil and grind to a fine paste with little water.

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  • Heat a pan, put remaining oil; add mustard, black gram, asafetida powder, curry leaves and keep till mustard splutter.
  • Add chopped onion,fry till light golden colour; add chopped tomato, cook till tomato is soft.
  • Add salt, ground paste, boiled green gram with spinach; cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

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Serve hot. Suits with Rice, Paratha, Chapatti.



  • as split green gram is soaked, one whistle is sufficient to pressure cook.

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • neellavathi September 12, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Excellent recipe. I made and my entire family loved it. Thanks alot.

  • latha January 4, 2011, 7:35 pm

    I was given this in the hospital. I searched for the recipe & ended here. This sounds more exciting. Must try. Thanks for sharing.

  • My Scrawls October 22, 2011, 5:41 am

    Thanks for the yummy recipe. I liked the recipe so much that I tried, tasted and bloged it too :)

    I have posted the recipe here: Anu’s Kitchen/My Scrawl. Have a look when u get time. Would be happy to receive your comments!

    Once again thanks for the wonderful and authentic recipes! :)

    Anu Ganesh

  • krishnamuti June 10, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Pasalaikeerai receipe was simple and nuttritious ,we enjoyed the dish.

  • savithiri June 18, 2013, 10:43 am

    pasalakeri receipe is very good for health ,method is simple indegrades, good for skin

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