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Jun 1, 2013

Broccoli Spinach Kootu / Broccoli Spinach Lentil Curry

Kootu/lentil based Veg curry is one of the most comfort & a must dish in a complete South Indian Lunch Platter. Kootu can be made in different ways n with combo of lentils like channa dal n moongdal or with only moongdal or channa dal or even made healthy with the addition of legumes like chickpeas, peas etc. I love kootu with coconut more than the kootu without coconut. Today's Broccoli Spinach Kootu is also a coconut based easy n simple kootu recipe. Its my long time wish to try our family favorite veg, Broccoli in our South Indian preparations like sambar, kootu, poriyal, rasam(yep..y not a rasam?! Recipe coming up soon)

A month back while cleaning my freezer i found 2 boxes with spinach n few florets of broccoli, as the broccoli florets are very less its not enough to make a single dish so thought of combining both spinach n broccoli in one recipe n was squeezing my brain to make it as a one single dish n wanted it to be a side dish for rice. Then suddenly remembered about Vardhini's Broccoli Kootu and decided make combo kootu in my way. Kootu turned out so good and broccoli paired well with Indian lentils n spices. So flavorful n delicious curry to enjoy with both rice n rotis. We had a hearty meal with rice, this kootu, beans poriyal, MW cocktail papad n plain curd/yogurt. Now off to the recipe..

  1. Moongal dal       1/2 cup(in 160 ml cup)
  2. Onion               1 medium(finely chopped)
  3. Tomato            1 no.(Chopped)
  4. Spinach           2 cups(finely chopped)
  5. Broccoli florets      1 cup
  6. Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
  7. Cilantro            Few finely chopped to garnish
  8. Salt                  To taste
To wet grind
  1. Shredded/grated     Coconut 1/4cup( fresh or frozen)
  2. Cumin seeds        1/2tsp
  3. Green chilli      3no.s or to taste
To temper
  1. Oil               2tsp
  2. Mustard seeds   1/4tsp
  3. Cumin seeds    1/4 tsp
  4. Fennel seeds   1/4 tsp(optional)
  5. Hing             1/4 tsp
  6. Dry red chilli       1 no.(broken)
  7. Curry leaves      1 sprig
  • Grind the ingredients under the heading "To wet Grind" using little water to a smooth paste and keep it aside
  • Wash moong dal and cook with 2-3 cups of water with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, when it is 3/4th done add vegetables - onion, tomato, broccoli, spinach and the coconut paste.
  • Mix well add necessary salt and cook covered till the raw smell goes off.
  • Once done remove from the stove and keep aside.
  • Now in a small pan heat oil and add all tempering items one by one.
  • then add this tempering to the Broccoli spinach Kootu and garnish with few finely chopped cilantro .
  • That's it Broccoli Spinach Kootu ready. Serve hot with rice or rotis or even with Dosa.

Linking this to Vardhini's Dish it Out Event ~ Lentils/Legumes & Vegetables happening @ Cooksjoy.


  1. Healthy and delicious combo.. Seems to be a very comforting dish..

  2. wow super delicious and inviting kootu paaps... but broccoli than inga kidaikale...:(

  3. lootu looks super delicious akka, and loved the bowl and clicks :) Simply delectable!!

  4. such an healthy curry recipe..tempting clicks too..

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  5. That's a very nutritious and healthy combo...looks good

  6. loved your idea as this is new to use

  7. Interesting dish..never tried kootu with broccoli..kootu looks great...

  8. very unique combo sangee...looks very healthy...

  9. Dear Sangeetha

    I just found your lovely blog. Super pictures, easy to follow recipes, and so many lovely comments from your readers. I was searching for an easy biryani recipe, and yours looks great. I'm going to try it tonight! Thank you

  10. I am thinking about making this dish but am confused by your use of "coconut". Are you referring to coconut milk, coconut water, coconut shards, coconut shredded? Since the instructions state to add water, I assume you are referring to shredded coconut. I hope my assumption is correct! Thanks for posting the recipe. I love the photos!

  11. I was about to make this dish until I reached the coconut ingredient. What kind of coconut did you use? Coconut water, coconut milk, coconut shards, coconut shredded, etc? Since you are supposed to add water to form a paste, I'm assuming we use coconut shredded, but I would love some clarification so that I can make this dish as soon as possible. Thank you!

    1. Yes, its shredded coconut(fresh or frozen) or u can use dry coconut also(2 tbsp dry coconut). Hope this helps. If u try this recipe, plz let me know how it turned out to u. Thanks again!

    2. I just finished making and sampling this dish. It is so good and flavorful!! I didn't use hing because I didn't have it. Also, this dish needed only 1 1/2 tsp of salt to be perfect for me. I also cooked the moong dal for 10 mins before adding the vegetables and then cooked everything together for 10-15 more minutes. I have never cooked moong dal, so I had to look up how long to cook it. Thank you again for sharing this recipe. I'm sure I'll be making it again.

    3. Thank You so much Memoria James for taking time to share your feedback, glad that u liked it!
      Yep.,Its a easy to make dish with great taste :) thanks again!


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