Monday, March 3, 2014

Zucchini Kootu (with Chickpeas)

Kootu is a quintessential in most households. Kootu is usually made with veggies like Elavan (ashgourd), Sorakkai, Chow Chow etc. It is a blend of vegetables and lentils usually with some coconut. It is a mild dish and hence is well liked by kids and adults.

After coming to Amsterdam, finding the Indian Vegetables for kootu has become difficult. That’s when I found this vegetable Zucchini. I have not used Zucchini back in India. But it is a great vegetable, very much like vellarikkai.

So if you live in a country where you cannot source Indian vegetables easily and you do find zucchini then you must try this simple and delicious kootu.

Serves - 3 to 4
What you'll need
  1. Zucchini – 2, chopped into medium sized pieces
  2. Chickpeas/Kabuli Channa/Konda Kadalai – ½ cup
  3. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Curry Leaves – few
  6. Coconut – ½ cup
  7. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  8. Urad Dal/Ulutham Paruppu – 1 tsp
  9. Dry Red Chillies/Vattal Milagu – 1
  10. Whole Black Pepper/Milagu – ½ tsp

For tempering
  1. Coconut oil – 2 tsp
  2. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  3. Dry red chilly – 1

  1. Soak the chickpeas/konda kadalai in water overnight.
  2. Next day, drain water, rinse and pressure cook the chickpeas/konda kadalai.
  3. Wash and chop the zucchini into medium sized pieces.
  4. Heat a heavy bottomed vessel; add the chopped zucchini, salt and turmeric powder.
  5. Also add about ¾ cup of water, close the vessel and cook on medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes.
  6. Don’t keep mixing the pieces, else they will get mashed. Zucchini cooks very fast.
  7. In the meantime, heat a small frying pan with very little oil, and roast the urad dal, red chillies and black pepper until the dals turn golden.
  8. Cool and grind this along with coconut and cumin seeds into a coarse paste using very little water. Don’t add too much water, just use few spoons.
  9. Once the zucchini is cooked, add the boiled chickpeas and let it boil in open pan for 3 to 4 minutes.
  10. Finally add the ground paste and mix carefully trying not to break the pieces. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes and remove from heat.
  11. Heat a small frying pan with coconut oil, and temper with mustard seeds, red chillies and curry leaves. Pour this tempering over the kootu.

Serve kootu with rice and Sambar/Vathakuzhambu or with just some rasam.

  1. Zucchini pieces cook very fast and leave lot of water, so don’t add too much water while cooking the pieces and while grinding. If water content increases, then boil in open pan for a while.
  2. Cut Zucchini into medium sized pieces and not very small else they will get mashed easily.
  3. Also, don’t stir or mix it too much, try to toss it so the pieces remain intact.


Unknown said...

Super delicious kootu ..looks yumm yummy dear :)Very happy to follow you dear..Will be happy if u follow me back !!

nandoos kitchen said...

healthy, yummy kootu. Love to have it with rice.

Unknown said...

Looks so delicious and yummy ...... Very flavorful!! said...

healthy......................... happy to follow u

Vidhya said...

Kootu sounds and looks delicious.

great-secret-of-life said...

this combo looks interesting

Resna said...

Very interesting and unique recipe...

Hema said...

Zucchini and chickpeas, that's a wonderful combo, looks very good..

Harini said...

Looks soo tempting,humble home cooked is what I love the most,visit me some time :)

Anitha said...

Healthy Kootu... Happy to follow You..

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