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Greengram and Spinach curry together is wonderful combination.  This simple healthy curry/kootu(tamil) is very comforting and tastes great both with rice and roti. Enjoy this healthy treat.



Greengram - 3/4 cup ( Wash and soak it overnight)
Spinach - 2 cups (washed, drained and chopped)
Shallots - 10 (you can use big onion too)
Tomato - 1 (small)
Curry leaves
Tamarind extract - 1/2 tbsp(thick)

Tempering :

Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tbsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp

Grinding :

Coconut - 1 1/2 tbsp
Roasted gram dhal  - 1 tbsp
Cummin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric - little
Red chilli - 6 to 7 ( You can use according to ur spicelevel)

Grind the above things to fine paste adding little water.

Method :

1. Cook the greengram in the boiling water(2 cups), cook until it is soft but not mushy. Remove the foam that forms when it is cooking. Keep it aside.

2. Heat the oil in the pan, add the mustard seeds, when it splutters add the urad dhal.
2. Add onion and saute till transparent.

3. Add the tomato and curry leaves. Saute till the tomato are mushy. 
4. Now add the chopped spinach saute for 2 to 3 minutes ( don't overfry it, as it looses color)
5. Add the cooked greengram with water.
6.Add the ground paste, tamarind extract, salt and water if needed. Let it cook for few minutes to the desired consistency.

Serve with Rice and Roti !!!

Note :

1. Adjust the spice level and sourness according to your preference.
2. You can also use lemon juice instead of tamarind extract.
3. You can also add red chilli powder instead of whole red chillies.

Namitha  – (May 30, 2011 at 10:21 AM)  

I love this combo a lot and I loved the paste that went in there with the magical ingredient,coconut :-)
Hope you are having a great time in India...take care..

Unknown  – (May 30, 2011 at 10:33 AM)  

Sure healthy n a tasty dish...yum with hot rice

jayasree  – (May 30, 2011 at 11:05 AM)  

Liked this combo of spinach and moong. Delicious and healthy curry.

Nithya  – (May 30, 2011 at 11:29 AM)  

Looks delicious and healthy as well :)

Santosh Bangar  – (May 30, 2011 at 12:18 PM)  

ur pic make dish so tempting presentationis very attractive and combo is healthy and tasty

Priya Suresh  – (May 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM)  

Thats a fantastic and healthy combo...super inviting and healthy curry..

Plateful  – (May 30, 2011 at 4:03 PM)  

My favorite combo. You curry looks soooo YUM! First shot is simply beautiful!

aipi  – (May 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM)  

Comforting soul food ~ love this combo too :)
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divya  – (May 30, 2011 at 7:23 PM)  

Omg, drool-worthy healthy curry,simply inviting...

Sravs  – (May 30, 2011 at 8:24 PM)  

So delicious combo and healthy curry !!

Hamaree Rasoi  – (May 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM)  

Very delicious and nutritional curry dear. Wonderfully prepared.

Hamaree Rasoi

Satrupa  – (May 30, 2011 at 10:18 PM)  

Great combination of nutrients with a great taste ..... was never a fan of greens but this sure looks delicious !

Raks  – (May 31, 2011 at 12:25 AM)  

This is new to me,looks so comforting and the pics are crystal clear and classic!

Indian Khana  – (May 31, 2011 at 12:49 AM)  

I do in little different way ..this looks yum

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (May 31, 2011 at 1:30 AM)  

such a wonderful combo and amazing clicks pavi

Nisha  – (May 31, 2011 at 1:30 AM)  

never used whole moong with palak ,looks like a very healthy combo

Nandita SS  – (May 31, 2011 at 2:43 AM)  

I love green gram Pavithra!!! And this seems to be a unique combo. I am bookmarking this recipe :)

Rekha shoban  – (May 31, 2011 at 3:33 AM)  

healthy combo!!nice click pavi!

Prathima Rao  – (May 31, 2011 at 5:36 AM)  

Healthy & flavorful :)
Prathima Rao
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KrithisKitchen  – (May 31, 2011 at 8:57 AM)  

Super healthy and our family favorite kootu... As usual AMAZING clicks!!
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Unknown  – (May 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM)  

Yum, love the ground paste and what a wonderful combo of green gram dal and spinach. Never cooked them together, will give it a try.

Unknown  – (May 31, 2011 at 6:36 PM)  

Love both spinach and green gram..tasty ausual beautiful clicks dear

Ushnish Ghosh  – (June 1, 2011 at 12:20 AM)  

Dear pavithra
How are you? Here after a long time and scared to see what all I have missed.
Very nice recipe but need to wait till the green grams come to the market.
Have a nice day

Kalyani  – (June 1, 2011 at 9:13 AM)  

beautiful clicks and looks delicious ..... glad to follow u .....

Unknown  – (June 2, 2011 at 6:15 AM)  

This is new combination that i have never tried, looks great pavithra should try!!

Anonymous –   – (June 3, 2011 at 5:41 AM)  

This looks perfect on top of steamed rice and paired with some fried fish. delicious!

Parita  – (June 3, 2011 at 8:59 AM)  

Gorgeous pictures!! Love your new outlook of for me as I am visitng after a long time :(
How have you been?

Zareena  – (June 4, 2011 at 9:28 AM)  

Mindblowing pics. There are no words to describe.

Hari Chandana P  – (June 5, 2011 at 11:08 AM)  

Healthy and delicious recipe.. looks yummy !!
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Saee Koranne-Khandekar  – (June 6, 2011 at 7:16 AM)  

Just discovered your blog--what lovely recipes! And really beautiful pictures, as well!

Aaroo  – (May 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM)  

Please tell me what is Roasted gram dhal that you have used. Is it Chana dal roasted or roasted dalia split (which we use in chutney)?

nandoos kitchen  – (January 15, 2015 at 5:20 AM)  

lovely recipe and beautiful clicks..

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