Dantin Soppu (Greens with coconut)

Soppu is kannada for greens..any variety of keerai (in tamil) like palak, arekeerai, fenugreek leaves etc. Dantin soppu is a variety of greens which is available in Karnataka. This particular green/keerai has thick stems and has leaves attached to the stems…This particular item goes well with rotis as well as sambhar rice etc as a side accompaniment. Though i have used dantin soppu one could also use fenugreek leaves or arekeerai…

One important thing to be rememberd when the greens are cooked is that they should be thgoroughly washed before cooking. One thing that i have been taught while cooking any greens by mother is that they should always be cooked in an open vessel (so that the fumes coming out while cooking can be released)…My second entry for RCI: Karnataka:rci-karnataka-logo1.jpg


Greens: one bunch (cut the greens finely and wash it till clean)
Grated coconut: 1/2 cup
Onion: 1 nos medium size (finely chopped)
Tomato: 1 nos medium size (Finely chopped, to give a little tangy flavour to the preperation)

For tempering:
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds: 1tsp
Hing/asafotida: acouple of pinches
green chilli: according to taste
salt: according to taste
Refined Oil for frying: 1-2 tsp
Optional: sugar: 1 tsp ( i believe that sugar balances the taste in any preperation)


1. Take oil in a kadai and heat it.
2. Once the oil is heated add all the items for tempering.
3. Once the tempering is done, add the onions .
4. Fry / saute the onions til they are pink/soft and cooked…
5. Add the greens, salt and sugar.
6. Fry them on medium to high flame so that the greens are cooked. Since the greens are cooked at a med-high flame, always keep turning the greens so that they do not get stuck to the vessel.
7. After the greens have reduced to some amount, add the tomato and mix well and continue the cooking…
7. The finished product should be dry.
8. Once the greens are cooked, add the grated coconut and mix nicely.
9. Serve hot with rice/rotis.

~ by priyaskitchen on September 5, 2007.

10 Responses to “Dantin Soppu (Greens with coconut)”

  1. I haven’t seen Dantina soppu in many yrs girl!:)) Looks yum! Send this RCI Karnataka too,very authentic dish.

  2. hi Asha…i really loved this dish…it was simple yet delicious…if i can send multiple entries..this would be sent too… 🙂

  3. Thank you for a authentic dish from Priya, I am thrilled!:)

  4. English nalli dantin soppu andre yenu? Kindly help.

  5. hi shashi..just found this site…try it for getting english names for soppus: http://www.medicinalplants.in/index.php?searchname=dantina&plantid=153#view

  6. dantin soppu is called as AMARANTH in english

  7. I landed up here following sites that helped me with the English names to the Leaves that we use in day to day basis…mainly the above mentioned Dantina Soppu or also called as Harive Soppu.

  8. dantina soppu means amaranthus is it???

  9. Tomato not required or else it becomes soggy

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