We have long known, thanks to our wonderful moms, the value of eating spinach.
A nutrient powerhouse, spinach is rich in vitamins A and C, folate, iron, calcium and fiber. Like all greens, it is super-low in calories so it's very waist-friendly as well.But the real reason I grew to love Spinach was its fabulous taste, ease of cooking, and versatility.
It is easy to wilt spinach to tenderness in seconds, making it a hurried cook's best friend. What's better, it goes with almost anything. Spinach parathas, spinach rice, spinach dal...you name it, and there's a way to cook it with spinach for an easy health buzz!
I grab up fresh spinach when I can find it at the market, but I always have some frozen spinach on hand for those quick weeknight meals that need to be both tasty and healthy. My recipe for today is Spinach Kootu, one such favorite. A classic Tamil dish, Spinach Kootu takes just minutes to put together.
The Kootu goes great with rice, although I love nothing more than eating it with a hot chapati or a pilaf. I like it so much, in fact, that when I have it on hand, I snack on it straight out of the refrigerator. Yum.
More vegan bean and lentil recipes to try:
- Curried Pink Beans with Dill
- French Lentils Spiked with Mustard
- Broccoli Paruppu Usili
- Spicy Urad Dal
- Cabbage Kootu
Spinach Kootu or Keerai Kootu Recipe
Spinach Kootu | Keerai Kootu
- 16 oz spinach (frozen, zapped in the microwave for a few minutes until tender.)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon urad dal (black lentil dal)
- 1 tomato (diced)
- 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
- 2 dry red chile peppers
- ½ cup coconut milk
- Salt to taste
- Grind the fenugreek seeds, red chillies and coconut milk into a smooth paste.
- In a saucepan, combine the ground masala and the spinach. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer five minutes.
- Heat the oil in a small skillet. Add the mustard seeds, and when they sputter, add the udad dal.
- Fry the dal until lightly golden and then add the tomato. Cook for another minute until the tomato begins to break down.
- Pour on the kootu. Add salt to taste and serve hot.
Loved this spinach kootu? Check our more Dal Recipes on Holy Cow!