Murungai keerai kootu- Lentils with Moringa leaves

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Murungai Keerai Kootu

Rich in Proteins and Nutrients, Kootu is a combination of Lentils/Paruppu and vegetables or greens with a mild seasoning. Almost any vegetables or Greens can be used in the easy breezy preparation of the kootu,each imparting their own flavor. Today`s Kootu recipe is made with Moog Dhal/Pasiparuppu with Mooringa leaves/Murungai keerai. I personally like the taste of Murungai Keerai and this Kootu is a favorite of mine. Makes for a decent side with rice, Appalam and Pickle.
  1. 1/2 cup Moog Dhal/Pasiparuppu
  2. 2 cups packed chopped Mooringa leaves/Murungai keerai
  3. 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  4. 4 green chilies slit lengthwise
  5. 1/4 cup cubed tomatoes
  6. 4 tablespoons grated coconut
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  8. 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  9. 1/2 teaspoon broken urid dhal/ullutham paruppu
  10. 2 teaspoons oil
  11. salt to taste
  1. Clean wash and chop the greens. Cook the dhal in a kadai or pressure cook for three whistles.
  2. Grind the coconut with the cumin to a fine paste and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai and add the mustard. When it  splutters, add the urid dhal and when it turns to a light brown color, add the onions and green chilies. When the onions turn turns soft, add the tomatoes.
  4. When the tomatoes turn soft, add the chopped greens and sauté well for few seconds ( do not overdo as it may turn the greens bitter ) .Add 1/4 cup of water  and cover on medium heat until the greens are cooked.
  5. Finally add the cooked Dhal, ground coconut, salt and bring to a boil. Simmer until kootu consistency is reached as shown in the pic.
Serve with rice, appalam  or pickle.
TIPS: I cook the dhal to three whistles but it may take lesser time depending on the dhal and water you use.   Do not overcook the dhal as the same time. 1/2 a teaspoon of sambar powder can be added if little spice is needed.


  1. a very healthy and delicious kootu.

  2. Healthy kootu...Love the recipe with murungai keerai,Excellent.

  3. Lovely kootu. The murugai keerai is making me crave for them. I am still on the lookout. Should find a Vietnamese store.

  4. Gorgeous pic, healthy and delicious!

  5. Kootu looks very delicious. I'm sorry what's Murugai leaves?

  6. thats healthy indeed.. lovely recipe.. thanks for defining kootu..

  7. Not a big fan of greens...but kootu sounds gud...nice fresh click!!

  8. looks delicious.Very healthy dish.Especially the muringakkai leaves are very rich in proteins. i hardly find these leaves here in any shop..
    Nice pic too.

  9. Madhuri,
    Murungai Keerai/Moringa leaves are the leaves of the drumstick plant
    Please refer the link below.

  10. My favourite kootu, just love it..

  11. Very healthy keerai..Full of iron..Long time since I had it, would be great with rice and ghee.

  12. I have been looking for a Vietnamese store Cilantro, your pic makes me to crave more

  13. S, where did you get murunga keerai here? I have been looking for it... Lemme know.
    Your recipe sounds warm and cozy!:)

  14. Divya,
    I got the keerai from the Vietnamese store called Viet-Wah. They have two stores one in Seattle & Renton.

  15. It has been ages since I had murungai keerai. Somebody else mentioned that they were able to find it in an Chinese grocery store and I have been going to one near my house regularly to get it but its not available here. That's one bowl of comforting kootu.

    I used canned, crushed pineapples for the quick bread.

  16. I really, really, really love dal and every time I see it on a blog I fall in love with it all over again.

  17. what a beautiful click!!! even though i prefer the dry version...

  18. Fabulous pics!..Lovely kootu,murungai keerai means drumstick leaves isn't it?

  19. One of my favourites ...Miss the healthy Muringa leaves here :(
    Perfect Click !!

  20. Everytime I visit your site. Ive a treat waiting for my eyes. Such a lovely pic. Murunga keerai is my fav one. I wish I get something here. Missing murunga keerai :-(

  21. Oh its been ages, I have seen murungai keerai:( Kootu sounds delicious...very healthy one for sure:)

  22. This looks so healthy! I would slurp it from that banana leaf with some rice and ghee...and maybe some pickle. :-)

  23. wow looks very comforting...nice click

  24. I don't have any idea what these leaves are. Do you have a different name? I love lentils and greens combined and don't even need rice or roti with it.. just by itself is so good.

  25. Soma, they are the leaves of the Drumstick plant.
    Please refer the link below:
    For the pic of the leaves take a look here:

  26. I remember my grandma making this. love its unique taste

  27. Hi,

    I came across your blog a few days back and love your recipes. I made the kuzhi panniyaram and it came out well. Can you tell me where you get murungai leaves? Do you get it in indian stores?

    1. I get them most often at a Vietnamese store and most Chinese stores have them. I also find them sometimes at Indian Grocery too.

  28. Moringa is best for health and energy benefits. I personally use moringa for losing weight. Moringa contain nutrition and vitamins. Moringa is an organic, natural and powerful energy supplement.


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