Sunday, March 23, 2014

Kale Kootu/ Kale and lentils stir fry

Each season has its own beauty, maybe not winters expect for the snow. Back home I never bothered about seasons as there was hardly any season change expect the monsoon. Here I love 'spring' the most especially as it promises a new beginning… It's indeed a beautiful feeling to see the flowers blooming, bees buzzing, birds nesting, children playing outside and most of all getting some sunshine ! Yesterday we went to our local park to enjoy the spring, to my distress  some trees were still barren but what I call the beauty of Spring “Daffodils” were on full bloom. I clicked away Daffodils to my heart’s content and I was a happy gal J

Coming to today’s post, I have to thank blogging for making me try new things which wouldn’t have dared to try otherwise. I saw this kale kootu in Anupa’s blog palaharam  and it was one of those recipes I knew I definitely want to try and so I did. It was so delicious and we wiped off our plate clean that day. We have been buying kale often after that and now if I don’t buy the leaves,  my boy often reminds  me in supermarket   “can you buy that curly kale amma”? Thank god he has inherited the foodie tongue of ours and he likes his greens!

Recipe adapted from - Palaharam

Kale leaves - 200 gm
Chana dal/ Kadala parippu - 1/3 cup
Shallots/ Kunjulli - 5-6 no
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds/ Jeerakam - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Redchilly powder - 3/4 tsp
 Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Whole redchillies
Curry leaves


  • Soak chana dal for few hours and pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles.
  • Chope the kale leaves and keep it aside( I didn't use stem)
  • Cook kale with redchilly powder, turmeric powder, salt for 5-7 minutes.
  • Make a coarse paste of shallots, cumin and grated coconut in  a mixie.
  • Add the cooked chana dal, coconut paste and give it mix.
  • Add salt and cook for 3- 5 minutes.
  • Finally take oil in small pan add mustard seeds and when it crackle add whole rechilly and curry leaves and pour the tempering to cooked Kale and give it a mix.


Veena Theagarajan said...

so healthy stir fry

Rafeeda AR said...

looks delicious dear... i can understand y we tend to see the weather more often when we are outside our places... but now back home also, they wait for the rains, that hot summers have become... hehe...

Resna Nishad said...

Very unique recipe...looks so delicious...

priya satheesh said...

Very new to me...looks very delicious!

nandoos Kitchen said...

very healthy and delicious stir fry.

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Even I started observing all the seasons only after coming here...Every season is so drastically different..Here too the daffodils are in full bloom and look so beautiful. Lovely pictures.
Healthy Kootu...never tried Kale though

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said...

So glad that u liked it....these days, this stranger(kale) is our favorite too healthy it... :)...

Priya Suresh said...

Seriously i came to know more about seasons only after coming to Paris before 20yrs, every season is different rite which is quite unknown for us if we lives in India. Love those daffodils clicks..

Kale is something i want to cook too, kootu sounds prefect to start with.

divya said...

wow!!! wow!! awesome pictures dear!! luk so yumm and delicious!

Nupur UK-Rasoi said...

I have never really had Kale till now. I should jump start it with this recipe , sounds delicious Vineetha :)

Nice Pictures, eh!? Its cold and dark again today though :( Wish you were coming with us to the Cotswold trip !

Shweta Agrawal said...

I never ate Kale, though i know its healthy...Need to try soon :)
Daffodils close up pic looks nice:)