Manathakkali Kootu Recipe by Archana’s Kitchen

Manathakkali Kootu Recipe by Archana’s Kitchen


  • To begin making the Manathakkali Kootu Recipe, we will first wash and clean the moong dal.

  • Place the moong dal into the pressure cooker along with the onions, tomatoes, garlic, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and about 1 cup of water. Cover the pressure cooker, place the weight on and cook until you hear a couple of whistles.

  • After a couple of whistles, turn the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes and turn off the heat. Allow the pressure to release naturally.

  •  While the pressure is releasing, place the chopped Manathakkali Keerai into a steamer. Steam until the keerai is cooked through. Turn off the heat and take the keerai out of the steamer, so the color remains green.

  • Once the moong dal is cooked through completely, open the cooker and give the dal a quick whisk and take care not to mash the dal to much. Kootu is usually a thick gravy along with vegetables where you can feel the texture of the dal.

  • Stir in the steamed Manathakkali Keerai. Check the salt and spices and adjust to taste. 

  • The next step is to season the Manathakkali Keerai Kootu. Heat oil in a tadka pan, add the mustard seeds, urad dal and red chillies. Allow them to roast and the dal to brown a little.

  • Stir in the asafoetida powder and turn off the heat.  Pour this seasoning to the Manathakkali Keerai Kootu and serve.

  • Serve the Manathakkali Keerai Kootu along with Steamed Rice, Salad for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner or even for a quiet Sunday lunch with family.



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