KEERAI MOLAGOOTAL (SPINACH LENTIL CURRY)
Ever since we were kids, we were told that spinach is good for health. I remember from my childhood, the cartoon character Pop Eye used to love spinach. This article from WebMD explains why spinach is considered to be good for health.
Spinach is called Palak in Hindi and Pasili Keerai in Tamil. Keerai refers to different types of greens.
Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with spinach, such as:-
Today's recipe is for a side dish called, " Keerai Molagootal" which is popularly made in Palghat( now called Palakkad) Brahmin homes. Molagootal is made using different types of greens. Today's is made with spinach. Since spinach is called Palak in Hindi this dish is really Palak from Palakkad!! I have adapted this from "Keerai Molagootal" in the popular website Subbu's Kitchen.
Using coconut oil for the seasoning gives it a special touch!
I made this for the first time a few days ago and we loved it!
- Spinach/Palak/Pasili Keerai, 250 gms
- Toor Dal, 1/2 cup
- Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
- Salt, to taste
- Oil, 1 tsp
- Urad Dal, 2 tbsp
- Byadgi Red Chillies, 2
- Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/4 cup
- Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
- Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
- Urad Dal, 2 tsp
- Red Chilli, 1
- Coconut Oil, 1 tsp