Mulaikeerai Thandu Kootu | Keerai Thandu Kootu Recipe ~ Step by Step Recipe

>>  Friday, May 25, 2012

Couple of weeks back when I was home alone, my primary task given by Hubby dear, was to make as many dishes as I could and click and blog to my heart's content. I said it would be impossible, for one I wont' have my critics and another, who will I feed all that food I cook. He suggested I call over my friends, or do whatever I think was the best to share the food. But the goal was to cook and click. Maybe even for the next year or so. As if that would ever happen.

In the end what happened was, I ended up missing them so much, and on top my parents wouldn't let me alone. I then found up that I couldn't really sit alone and blog non stop. Where will I go for inspiration for the stories and what will I actually write? I ended up cleaning the house to sparkling speck clean and then went through my set of food pictures couple of times. This had me occupied for a day. What should I do for the rest of the weekend was my worry! Finally I decided I ought to take hubby dear's word and cooked up a meal.

Through the night I was thinking what I should make, finally settling to a simple south Indian meal. I remembered the Danttu Kootu that Amma made some weeks back, and told her that I want to cook that. Our further discussion lead to couple of ideas and we ended up making more than what we thought we should do!

We may have spent about an hour or so cooking the entire thali. However I spent more time clicking the pictures. Somehow the Thalis still defy me in their presentation. And lighting was not really helping. Though on overall, I was so happy having done this thali. The recipes are from my paper clippings saved up for over a decade. It really does give a warm feeling cooking up those recipes after all these years. After clicking as much as I could, I rushed to work. And I called up to know how Daddy enjoyed the meal. Even though we made sure we cooked very little, we had have it again for dinner.

I was happy that all the dishes turned out great. We made Vangi Bath with Ready to use Vangi Bath Masala Powder, Vendakkai Mor Kuzhambu, Beetroot Rasam, Mulaikeerai Thandu Kootu, Aloo stuffed Bell pepper bajji, Appam, Papadam, Curd rice, Atukula Payasam.

The meal was too elaborate, I actually felt one can't enjoy individual dishes this way. Anyway I am sure to be making all this again.

Today's recipe is going to be the Mulaikeerai Thandu Kootu or Danttu Curry or Danttuaku Kora.


Mulaikeerai Danttu/ Danttu Aaku Kootu

Ingredients Needed:

Moong Dal - 100 gms
Molakeera Danttu/ Danttu Aaku - 1 cup
Onions - 1/4 cup
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Garlic - 3 cloves.

Pressure cook all the above for 1 whistle.

Once the pressure falls off, add 1 tbsp fresh grated coconut, salt and turmeric. Continue cooking in simmer

For Tempering:
In another pan, heat 2 tsp oil, add mustard, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, 3 dry red chillies, saute and pour over the simmering dal.
Cook for couple of minutes and switch off.

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Shobha May 25, 2012 at 1:36 AM  

Lovely thali..nice spread of different dishes.
I always used to discard the stems of the greens and my maid in India always would ask me not to do so..and make something out of them.
Delicious kootu..loved the pics.

Pavani May 25, 2012 at 6:47 AM  

Delicious spread Valli. Thanks to your thali mela, I'm getting inspired to cook dishes for a thali, but who to feed is the big question; I don't 2 adults + 1 kid can do any justice to all the dishes made. I should think of inviting someone over. Thanks for sharing all these yummy thali ideas and recipes.

DivyaGCP May 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM  

Excellent recipe to use up the stems.. Good fiber content. Very healthy.

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Jayashree May 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM  

How sweet of your hubby to want you to click enough for your blog.

Jayanthi May 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM  

We usually put the thandu from keerai in sambar. Try it next time that'll also be super yummy. I should try making kootu also...lovely idea...even I don't feel like cooking if no one is there to eat.

Nisha May 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM  

Nice Thali , delicious kootu too

PriyaVaasu May 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM  

Delicious n Healthy Kootu Valli, My Mom too makes it often.

Chef Mireille May 25, 2012 at 1:37 PM  

I want to try that Beet Rasam

The Pumpkin Farm May 25, 2012 at 5:17 PM  

yummy thali...greens are so useful and make wonderful combination with dal...i liked the idea of using moong dal which can soak up the tad bitter/sour taste of the veggies..nice

Priya May 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM  

We get rarely this greens here, but never failed to make this kootu..Delicious and inviting.

Sangeetha May 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM  

we never find this greens here, but i love this thandu keerai a lot...lovely spread n looks inviting!!
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hemalata May 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM  

Nice spread of different dishes dear.
Kootu looks so delicious.

Prabha Mani May 26, 2012 at 3:27 AM  

Missing these kinds of Keerai here!!Liked the cups :) Well Displayed n Presentation!!
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Smitha May 26, 2012 at 4:51 AM  

i hear you!..i know what you mean...I would also do the samething..clean up the house! The plate looks wonderful! all the dishes especially the mirchi bajji! if only I could get my hands on that! Kootu looks delicious too!

rekhas kitchen May 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM  

Wow very inviting thali Valli and healthy's very health and rich in iron.

Nalini's Kitchen May 27, 2012 at 5:12 AM  

Sounds delicious Valli,my mom makes the same way,but here we don't get the tender ones even if we get it rarely only the leaves can be used...the thandu will be very hard.

vaishali sabnani May 27, 2012 at 7:14 AM  

again a new green for me...but the thaali looks really very yum..lovely colors:)

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi May 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM  

a very 'homey' thali. Love it.

Cool Lassi(e) May 28, 2012 at 7:59 AM  

Wow, that thandu kootu looks amazing! I want to try that but I don't know what keerai's stem I will use here..

Suma Gandlur May 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM  

One of my favorite greens is thotakoora and I would have loved to eat that entire bowl of dal. :)
Lovely thali.

Suma Gandlur May 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM  

One of my favorite greens is thotakoora and I would have loved to eat that entire bowl of dal. :)
Lovely thali.

plasterers bristol April 7, 2015 at 3:01 PM  

been looking for a nice recipe of this to try. Thanks for sharing this.


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