Manathakkali Keerai Moong Dal Kootu | Lunch Box Series : LBS#77

I know it seem to be another kootu here. However let me tell you that I have another delicious kootu, this one made with greens called as the Manathakkali Keerai. It is called as Solanum Nigrum / Black nightshade in English. When I was talking to my Blogger friends about curing ulcers with home remedies, I was suggested to use these leaves. While it was far fetched to imagine my kids eating these greens, I knew I can serve this to Hubby dear.

Having since known about this, we have made it a point to cook it at least once. When I asked Amma if she knows any recipe to cook this greens, she immediately told me to check one of the dairies we had made, which had different recipes with greens. So right on dot, I checked the dairy and it had all the recipes with different greens.

This Kootu is a simple one, and tastes great. And goes well with rice and rotis

Manathakkali Keerai Moong Dal Kootu

Ingredients Needed

Manathakkali Keerai -1 bunch
Moong Dal -  1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds, Urad dal - 1 tsp
Onions - 2 tbsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp

For the paste
Green Chilies - 2
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coconut, grated - 2 tbsp

How to make the Kootu

In a pressure cooker, heat oil saute the mustard seeds, urad dal, onions. then add the washed leaves till it gets soft. Then add moong dal, and saute well.

Then add water and pressure for 2 whistles. Once the pressure falls, add the ground paste and bring to boil.

Adjust salt and serve with rice or roti

This goes for the November Week 4, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge  Group.

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