Friday, August 24, 2012

Kootu Curry (with Kadala Parippu)





Kootu curry is another popular Kearla dish, which has found its way into the Palakkad Iyer Kitchens. It is an important part of sadhyas or feasts. Traditionally, yam and plantains are cooked along with brown channa or cowpeas and simmered in a coconut cumin paste, finally tempered with a flavourful tempering of fried coconut and curry leaves.

The recipe I am sharing today is slightly different. This is my mother’s recipe. She uses Bengal gram dal instead of the channa and also she doesn’t use plantains and uses ash gourd. Now off to the recipe:

Serves - 4

What you’ll need
  1. Ash Gourd – 2 cups, peeled and diced into small cubes
  2. Yam – 1 cup, peeled and diced into small cubes
  3. Channa Dal/Kadala Paruppu – 3 tbsp
  4. Grated Fresh Coconut – ½ cup
  5. Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Chilly Powder – ½ tsp
  8. Powdered Jaggery – 1 tsp
  9. Salt to taste

For tempering
  1. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  3. White broken urad dal – 1 tsp
  4. Scraped Fresh Coconut – ½ cup
  5. Curry Leaves – few sprigs

Method
  1. Soak the Kadala paruppu for about 30 minutes and pressure cook it without making it mushy.
  2. Pressure cook the vegetables with turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt, adding about ½ cup of water, for 2 whistles.
  3. Grind ½ cup of coconut with cumin seeds into a smooth paste adding a little water.
  4. In a vessel combine the cooked vegetables, cooked dal and the ground paste and jaggery. Mix well, check seasoning and bring to boil.
  5. In the meanwhile, heat another kadai with oil.
  6. Temper with mustard seeds then add the urad dal, as soon as the dal starts changing color, add the coconut and fry till brown. Also add few curry leaves in this.
  7. Pour this tempering over the prepared vegetable dal mixture and mix well.


Serve as an accompaniment with rice and sambar.



21 comments:

Shabbu said...

Yummy and nice kootu curry..
Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

PT said...

like your serving bowl.. perfectly made and nice presentation..

faseela said...

Super and perfect koottu curry...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Mother's recipe can never go wrong nice looking kottu curry

Roshni said...

yummm... this and a bowl of rice..that is my combo.. no rasam, samabar etc.. love the click

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Delicious kootu curry.

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

so delicious kootu...
VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

jeyashrisuresh said...

kootu is all time comfort food, nicely done. Loved all your onam recipes. Great work

Nisha said...

Ho you reminded me of this curry and now i'm feeling like making it soon

Suja Manoj said...

Yummy and healthy kootu curry,my favorite.

Vidhya said...

I have had kootu curry made using only yam and plantain,love the idea of using ash gourd.

Vimitha Anand said...

Mothers recipe is always yummy.. Thanks for sharing

Mélange said...

A very different koottu curry to me..Would love to try this one Kaveri.Thanks for sharing.

Priya said...

Wish to have a bowl of this inviting curry with a bowl of rice and some papads, hearty and comforting food for me.

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious kootu curry Kaveri.

Nagashree said...

Delicious, well balanced vegetables. Love this curry.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow delicious curry,ur onasandhaya recipes on sidebar really tempting dear...

Follow foodie said...

Looks yum!
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Rashida shaikh said...

This is delicious curry...
Thanks for your comment on sewayyan, and the recipe link has given.
You missed to see...:)

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

Lovely dish..love the way your prepared.

Shweta in the Kitchen said...

delicious

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