Thursday 28 January 2021

Manathakkali Keerai Kootu Recipe/Black Night Shade Kootu Recipe/Manathakkali Paasi Paruppu Kootu with step by step photos & Video/மணத்தக்காளி கீரை கூட்டு

 Manathakkali Keerai/Black Nightshade is loaded with medicinal properties. They are rich in antioxidants, iron, vitamins, minerals and abundant calcium. The amount of phosphorous in it helps in the growth and development of brain and strengthens the nerves. Manathakkali Keerai is an excellent cure for mouth ulcers and stomach ulcers. This kootu is made with manathakkali keerai, moong dal and taste divine. If you are suffering from ulcer then this is yet another recipe that you should have to cure the same. Do try out this Manathakkali Keerai Kootu recipe and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Manathakkali Keerai Recipes here and about other Keerai Varietiesand Keerai Recipes here. Check out the video for the recipe in English & Tamil

Here’s how to make Manathakkali Keerai Kootu with step by step photos... 


Manathakkali Keerai

1 bunch

Moong Dal/Paasi Paruppu

½ cup


1 finely chopped

Green Chillies

3-4 sliced and cut

Garlic Cloves



2 finely chopped

Turmeric Powder

¼ tsp


¼ tsp


As needed

 For Tempering


2 tsp

Thallippu Vadagam/Vegaya Vadagam

½ ball crushed

Dry Red Chillies


ThallippuVengaya Vadagam can be replaced with1/2 tsp of mustard seeds and ½ tsp of cumin seeds

Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes                 Recipe Category: Main Course/Lunch

Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes                        Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India

Author: Priya Anandakumar

Meanwhile do check out other interesting Manathakkali Keerai Recipes here and about other Keerai Varietiesand Keerai Recipes here.

Manathakkali Keerai Thuvaiyal

Manathakkali Keerai Thanni with video

Check out the short video recipe for English & Tamil


Manathakkali Keerai

Pluck the leaves , fruits and flowers of the Manathakkali keerai and discard the stem.

Wash the Manathakkali Keerai thoroughly with water 2-3 times and drain the water. Make sure there is no mud in the keerai.

Wash ½ cup of Moong Dal/Paasi paruppu thoroughly with water 2-3 times and drain the water.

Add the washed Paasi Paruppu/Moong Dal to the pressure cooker. Add chopped onions, garlic cloves, green chillies, tomatoes, asafoetida, turmeric powder and salt to the moong dal.


Add 2 cups of water to the pressure cooker and cook for 2-3 whistles.

Wait for the steam to release all by itself and then open the lid.

Now the dal is well cooked. Mash it with a ladle.

Switch on the stove and add the washed Manathakkali Keerai to the dal. Mix everything really well.

The leaves will start to shrink and let it cook along with the dal for about 5-7 minutes or until done. Adjust the amount of salt and add little water if needed when cooking the Keerai.

When the Manathakkali keerai is cooked, switch off the stove.

Heat 2 tsp of oil in small kadai/pan, add thallippu vengaya vadagam and wait for it to splutter, then add dry red chillies and fry for 10-15 seconds. Now switch off the stove. If you do not have thallippu vadagam you can replace it by spluttering ½ tsp of mustard seeds and ½ tsp of cumin seeds.

Now add the tempering to the Cooked Manathakkali Keerai.

Delicious, healthy and heavenly tasting Manathakkli Keerai Kootu is ready to be enjoyed.

Thank you all for visiting my space, please come back again for more healthy and traditional Keerai Recipes from my kitchen.

Other Keerai Recipes that might be of your interest

Check out the short video for the recipe in English & Tamil

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