February 1, 2006

Keerai Mologootal - Spinach Dal (Kerala)

Vimala Jayaraman

One of our favorites and it is on Ramesh's request list every visit. This Dal is usually accompanied by Vendakai or Lal Petha Pachadi (Okra or Red Pumpkin Relish.

1. Wash, cut and boil ( 2-3 minutes) about 250gms of Spinach along with a pinch of turmeric powder. Drain and mash roughly with a ladle or blend in a mixer for less than half a minute.

2. Boil (pressure cook) 100gms of Toor (Arhar) Dal. Mash well and set aside.

3. In a kadhai add a little oil and lightly fry two small dried red chillies, one tsp of udad dal and one tsp of jeera.

4. Grind 1 1/2 tbl spns of coconut, 1/2 a tsp of raw rice (gives the dal some thickness) along with the red chillies, udad dal and jeera.

5. Mix this with the roughly ground Spinach and boil for half a minute. Add salt to taste.

6. Make a tadka of 1/2 a tsp of mustard seeds and 1/2 a tsp of udad daal and add to the Spinach dal. Put some fresh curry leaves at the end.

7. Serve with rice and a pachadi.
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vkn said...

Earthy dishes. I just loved those Ujwala.

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vkn said...

Earthy dishes! I just loved those Ujwala. I have just now tagged you to pass on a meme baton. Check that out please.

Shilpa said...

Finally...After searching for atleast 2 months I found a blog with so many konkani words/phrases. I am so happy to have found this blog and "kasan karta go".

Ujwala said...

shilpa, thanks for stopping by. I think i pipped you to the post. I found your blog listed in vkn's "my dhaba" and visited and really liked it. Added it to my list a while back. :P

spicehut said...

Hi. First time here. I just left a comment on your webpage (went there through your comment on my blog) & found this link too.

"Kasan Karto Go ?" You must be Konkani/Goan :) Thats great. Love the food & the language. I am Maharashtrian.

Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. Will add you too.

Ashwini said...

Hey there! Good to see a fellow Konkani blogger out there. Btw I spent 7 years in Calcutta as a kid. was in St Mary's convent and lived in Rashbehari ave. You have a good blog going out here :-)

Ujwala said...

we've been in cal since '72 and my parents still live there. Even if we didnt meet, I'm sure my folks must know of yours. If they went to Maharashtra Mandal and Kala Vibhag then for sure.you have a wonderful food blog! I now have 3 food blogs that i want to try out recipes from at the earliest - Food for Thought, Aayi's Recipes and Spice Hut.

Ashwini said...

Hey I lived in Maharashtra mandal at one time. I am sure my parents knows yours too though we left in 82. My best friend is still there - mantri. anyway have tagged you for a meme. details on my blog and hope you join in

spicehut said...

Hi Ujwala,

Tagged you for a meme :). Check this link :


I really hope you participate.


anthony said...

hey... I cooked palak daal recently.. i have to check if i took pictures lol.. I forgot... I just love palak daal,