Kothamalli kootu/ Cilantro with lentils

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Kothamalli  Kootu

Kothamalli/Cilantro kootu

Cilantro has a distinctive green, waxy flavor. Cilantro is widely used as a garnish in Indian Cuisine, besides chutneys, pickles, and salads. When used in cooking, cilantro should be added in the last few minutes so it does not lose its flavor. I cannot imagine cooking food without Kothamalli/Cilantro. The bright green, fresh looking herb is a must in my refrigerator. There is little confusion about its name, the leaves are referred as cilantro, and the dry fruits are known as coriander seeds in the United States.
Amma and Athai have prepared many recipes with Kothamalli/Cilantro over the years. I love them all, this kootu recipe is from Athai, and it is one of my favorite cilantro recipes. The recipe is very simple and yields results outweighing your imagination. The combination of paruppu/dhal, cilantro, and the mild seasoning brings out the flavor in kothammalli/cilantro. Folks who like cilantro try it out and if you are not, give it another try. In any case, let me know.

List of ingredients:
  1. 1cup Pasiparuppu/green gram
  2. 1cup chopped Kothamalli/Cilantro
  3. 1/2 cup grated coconut
  4. 2 green chillies
  5. 1/2tsp cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  7. a pinch asafoetida
  8. salt to taste
For Seasoning :
  1. 1/2 tsp Mustard
  2. 1/2 tsp Broken Ullutham paruppu/urid dhal

Cooking Procedure:
  1. Cook the paruppu/dhal with turmeric powder in a pressure cooker and keep aside.
  2. Grind the coconut, green chillies and cumin and keep aside.
  3. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a kadai or pan and add the seasoning and when the ullutham paruppu/urid dhal turns light brown, add the kothamalli/cilantro.
  4. Add the cooked paruppu/dhal immediately ( kothamalli/cilantro will turn bitter if left for a long time).
  5. Add the ground coconut mixture, asafoetida and salt .
  6. Simmer for about 5 minutes and serve.

Serve with rice or chappati.


  1. Wow looks so creamy n yummy!

  2. Colourful,i love this dal,but i dont use much of cilantro,next will do ur version :)

  3. my grandmother prepares this with arhar dal, sans coconut. just green chillies, jeera, mustard, hing and turmeric, garnished with dhania patta. tastes heavenly, but must be had piping hot..

  4. what a gorgeous delicious picture! I don't think i can live without cilantro in my home;-)

  5. Ah, cilantro is always nice to see in a recipe... Yum!

  6. I am drooling on this dal!!

    Please accept the award and the tag as a token of appreciation from a fan and fellow passionate foodie.

    You have a great blog!!!

  7. Great click and interesting recipe. Is green gram the same as moong dal with skin on?
    Thank you for visiting my blog and the great tip on the link post. I can't believe I did not know about that till now. :)

  8. Lovely click. Very tempting dish. There is something waiting for you in my blog.

  9. Jaya,
    Green gram is same as moong dhal, I have used the one without the skin.

  10. You are torturing me here with this deliciousness.

  11. ooh, too yummy! looks soooo tempting :)

  12. It looks very tempting.We call Cilantro Kothimeera!A qn..Is green gram whole Moong Dal??:P

  13. kothamalli&greengram dhal,wow what a combination.i tried it&my kids wanted them regularly.thanks

  14. thats great looking dal! and coming from a dal-hater thats a great compliment!!

  15. Cilantro and dal sound like a great combo. Have never thought of that earlier!

  16. So delicious, simple and flavorful!


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