Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Manathakkali Keerai Paruppu Kootu

This kootu recipe is very easy to make & very healthy too. You can make this kootu with any type of greens. Today I have used manathakkali keerai for making this recipe. All on earth know the value of eating greens and want to consume it in some form or the other. It is rather difficult to give the greens to young children. Manathakkali keerai is good to bring down the mouth ulcer. When we chew the fresh manathakkali leaves it will reduce the ulcer in mouth which is due to heat or ulcer in stomach. So think about it.

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Prep time: 10 mins|Cook time: 20 mins|Serves: 3 persons
For grinding

1. Wash the greens 4-5 times & chop them .Meanwhile pressure cook the toor dal for 3whistles.

2. Boil water with turmeric, sambar powder and salt. When water boils add manathakkali keerai and cook till the greens are tender/cooked. It will take only few mins to cook.

3. Grind the coconut, jeera into a fine paste adding very little water. Do not add too much water.

4. When the keerai gets cooked, add the ground paste & the cooked toor dal. Mix them well & let it boil for another 5more mins. Sprinkle some crushed pepper powder.Switch off the flame.

5. Temper the ingredients that are listed under "to temper" table.

6. Serve hot with Poondu kuzhambu

7. Keerai kootu can be taken with rice/chapatti/roti.
1.       Chop the keerai finely. The keerai will get cooked very fast if you have chopped them finely. Tempering with coconut oil is purely optional. If you feel the kootu is watery then mix 1 tsp of rice flour with little water. Add them last & cook them for 2more mins.
2.      While cooking greens don't cover the vessel with lid because greens colour will become dark. Immediately transfer to serving bowl to avoid further cooking.
Health benefits
  • The leaves are effective in the treatment of digestive disorders and stomach disorders like flatulence,colitis and peptic ulcers.An infusion  of the plant is useful in dysentery and other stomach ailments.
  • The fruits or the berries of the plant is beneficial in treating asthma and also yields beneficial results in fevers. It is useful in the treatment of dropsy. It increases the secretion and discharge of urine.
  • The plant is good in healing chronic skin diseases such as acne and eczema.
  • Manathakkali kootu will bring down the body heat and is healthy with low fat,high protein,iron calcium,fiber etc.

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