Red Amaranth Kootu

Generally kootu is a nutrient packed dish with the mixture of dhal and veggies or greens. This kootu involves moong dhal , amaranth stems and leaves. How can I ignore without saying the health benefits of amaranth….Its a good source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Using cold pressed oil does make a difference in taste in each dish I prepare so, I do not add extra oil to enhance the flavour or appearance. The red colour and the aroma of cold pressed coconut oil attracts kids and it goes well with plain rice or curd rice. I try to do this dish on weekends ( Saturday) because my kids prefer to have their favourite food on holidays. They enjoy having it with curd rice . Its a big hit in our house . Its a treat to your taste buds and eyes as well. Do try this recipe without fail for your family and enjoy it. Happy cooking!

⏲PREP TIME : 20 minutes

⏲COOK TIME : 20 minutes

🍜CUISINE : Indian

🥘COURSE : sidedish

🍴YIELD : 6 servings


Moong dhal – 1/3 cup

Amaranth stems & leaves – 2 cups (chopped)

Coconut scrappings – 1/2 cup

Cumin – 1 tbsp + 1tsp (for final sauting )

Long red chillies – 5 no.

Curry leaves – for sauting

Mustard seeds – for sauting

Coconut oil – 1 tbsp + 1tbsp ( for final sauting)

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt as required


In a vessel or pan add moong dhal , water and allow it to cook.

Meanwhile heat 1tbsp coconut oil and saute 1 tbsp cumin and 5 red chillies .

In a mixer jar add the sauteed items and coconut .

Blend them to a fine paste using water and keep it aside.

Once the dhal is cooked, add the chopped greens and allow it to boil.

Give it 2 to 3 boils .

Now add in the ground paste, turmeric powder , salt and enough water.

Allow it to boil well and stop the flame .

Finally heat coconut oil, saute mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.

kootu is ready to serve .


Given standard cup measurements .

You can make same kootu by using banana stem instead of amaranth.

1 Comment

  1. We also prepare this red amaranth. We boil the red amaranth along with green chillies, tamarind, Jaggery, salt , few methi seeds and sambhar powder. Finally give a tadka with onion and garlic


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