Saturday, 19 September 2020

INDIAN COPPERLEAF DAL KOOTU/குப்பைமேனிக்கீரை பருப்புக் கூட்டு

Kuppaimaeni is a herb that has catkin like inflorescenes  with cup shaped involucres surrounding minute flowers. It is well known and Highly esteemed for its medicinal properties in Traditional Siddha medicines
The shoot of the plant and its all parts are edible and cooked as vegetable and as other greens. We can enjoy kuppaimaeni as porial,  stir fry, soup, dosa, kootu, dal curry and rasam. Use freshy plucked leaves for the best results

Cooking and blending the greens with dal is one of our Traditional methods. 
Here is the recipe:

STEP one:


One bowlful tightly packed kuppaimaeni greens
Wash thoroughly 
Pluck the leaves along with tender stems, catkin like inflorescenes along with cup like involucres surrounding by minute flowers.
Chop them roughly.
Set ready.

STEP two:


Masoor dal/Toor dal 100 gm
Water 250 ml
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Castor oil/any cooking oil 1/4 tsp


Pressure-cook until 3 whistles on medium heat 
Set aside for about 10 minutes
Open and stir for a while.
Set ready

STEP three:

Groundnut oil 1 tbsp 
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Chopped Shallots 1/4 cup
Curry leaves 10 pcs
Green chilly, slit 1 pc
Turmeric 1/4 tsp 
Chopped greens
Tomato one medium size, Chopped
Cooked Dal contents +rinsed water 2.5 cups 
Himalayan pink rock salt 1/2 tsp
Fresh Cow ghee 1 tsp


Heat the pan with Groundnut oil 
Add Mustard seeds and cumin seeds to crackle.
Once they start cracking, add Shallots and curry leaves  and slit green chilly.
Saute for a while until the shallots turn translucent.
Then, add greens and Saute for 2 seconds.
Heat should be underchecked low-medium level.
Add turmeric to maintain the greens of kuppaimaeni leaves.
Transfer the dal contents with rinsed water.
Add salt and let cooking for another 10 minutes on medium heat.
Stir occasionally.
Turn off the heat.
Finely, add ghee and mix well.

Serve with hot steamed Rice/Chapatis
Enjoy the wonderful taste of the greens with dal!

Cooking time 45 minutes 
Yield: 2-3 servings
We can multiple the ingredients according to our need.


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