Kale Koottu - Kale and Toor Dal in a Spiced Coconut Sauce

Hearty and delicious Kale Kootu - Kale and Toor Dal in a spiced coconut gravy and some hot rice is all you need on a plate to comfort you!
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 -4
Author Manju


  • 1 bunch Kale cleaned and chopped roughly
  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • To grind to a paste:
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • For tempering / seasoning:
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 6-7 curry leaves


  • Cook the kale, toor dal, turmeric powder and salt with about 2 cups water, in a pressure cooker or in a sauce pan on the stove top. Cook till the dal is mushy.
  • Grind together the coconut, red chillies and cumin seeds with a couple of tablespoons of water to form a fine paste.
  • Add this to the cooked kale and dal mixture. Let is all come to a boil.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds to it. Once they splutter, add the curry leaves and pour it over the kootu.