Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Radish Greens Kootu

We are in our second month of shelter in place. Trying to manage a healthy and balanced diet during such a crisis time is tough and tricky. It is better to stay safe inside than going on multiple trips to specific grocery shops to buy the necessary things. It is always another chore to clean everything after you come home to make sure that it is safe. And all these can take out an extra chunk of energy from you. With everyone at home, cooking a nourishing and satisfying meal is a more important and taxing task, as you will be running out of fresh greens easily. My neighbor and great friend Mrs. A gave me fresh radish and spinach harvested from her garden. Fresh organic veggies grown in your home is a great solution for a regular supply. Million thanks to her for giving us cute ruby red radishes with its greens and spinach.  Look at the fresh radish, just love them. What else could you ask for? We enjoyed the greens curry and made patties too. The rubies were used to make sambhar which we love in our home. They are best served with rice, idli, dosa, or roti. Also, I will update the recipe for the spinach from her garden. Thanks, Mrs. A!


Radish Greens - 4 cups, chopped
Split moong dhal - 1/3 cup
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Green chilli- 1 or 2
Cumin - 1/2 tsp


Ghee - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Split Urad dhal - 1/4 tsp
Cumin - 1/4 tsp
Hing - 1/8 tsp
Red Chilli - 1 or 2


Wash and chop the radish greens.

Transfer the greens to a saucepan with a cup of water and cook for about 7-8 minutes. The volume will reduce, mash thoroughly. Pressure cook the moong dhal with a cup of water. Add the cooked moong dhal and mix well and continue to simmer. 

Blend coconut, cumin, and green chilli. Add it to the boiling spinach dhal mixture, salt, and continue to simmer for a few more minutes. Add half cup water if needed to adjust the consistency. It should neither be thick nor watery. 

 Heat ghee in a pan, add the seasoning spices and add it to the greens.

Serve with ghee rice or chapathi.

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