Beet greens are versatile like spinach, it can be used in so many different ways. Yesterday I tried it in the traditional "Mor Kootu" recipe. "Mor" is the Tamil word for Buttermilk and Kootu or Koottu refers to a dish with stew like consistency. Koottu can either be prepared with a combination of vegetables and lentils (like toor daal, channa daal or moong dasl) or without any lentils. This Mor Kootu falls in the latter category.
Beet greens are cooked well and mixed together with a spicy yogurt/curd sauce. It is served as an accompaniment for rice and is also a very good side dish for Adai. Mor Kootu is generally prepared using any greens, chow chow (chayote squash), green cabbage.
Spicy Beet Greens Yogurt Sauce (Mor Kootu) Recipe
- 1 Bunch Beet Greens (The One Which I Got Had 3 Big Beets With Lot Of Greens)
- 1.5 To 2 Cups Yogurt (Depending On The Consistency You Want)
- 4 Green Chillies
- 2 Tablespoons Chickpea Flour/Besan
- 1.5 Teaspoons Cumin
- 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Grated
- As Per Taste Salt
- 2 Teaspoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
- 5 Curry Leaves
- Finely chop the beet greens, both the leaves as well as the stems. Place it in a big bowl and fill it with water and let it stand for at least 5 minutes. By doing this any dirt/sand in the greens would settle down in the bottom of the vessel. Now remove the greens and rinse it in cold water again.
- I pressure cooked the beet leaves and beet stems together. Add water just enough to cover the greens and little salt too. I left it for 2 whistles.
- Now grind together the coconut, cumin, chillies, besan. Add little water if required.
- Mix this mixture with the yogurt and add enough water. This should be in the consistency of pancake batter or even thinner.
- In a saucepan add the cooked greens, salt and yogurt sauce. Remove the pan from the stove after the first boil.
- Add coconut oil in a small frying pan. Once it heats add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once it splutters pour this in the kootu.
- The greens which I got this time had very thick stems. So I did remove some fibrous strands while chopping it. Usually I pressure cook beet greens and stems for 1 whistle only, but this time I left it for 2 whistles for the same reason.
I'm submitting this to Sunshine Mom's FIC - Green event.