Tarkari Kootu / Mixed vegetable curry








 KOOTU is a lentil and vegetable stew prepared in South India like Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. This kootu is a speciality of Karnataka brahmins. This is a semi solid curry with mixed veggies, lentil and coconut , which is less watery than sambar. You can have this as an accompaniment with hot rice.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup toor dal

1/4 cup moong dal

3 cups cooked veggies like beans,carrot,pumpkin,ashgourd, chayote squash 

1/4 cup cokked peanuts (optional)

1 chopped tomato

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves


For the masala paste:

1 tsp oil

1 tsp chana dal

2 tblsp urad dal

1 tsp moong dal

3 tblsp coriander seeds

1 tblsp pepper corns

1 tblsp cumin seeds

6 byadgi red chillies

Roast these in one tsp oil on a medium flame, till you get nice aroma and it becomes light brown in colour.

Grind the roasted ingredients with 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1 cup coconut gratings, keep aside.

FOR THE TEMPERING:

3 tsp oil

1 tsp mustard

1/2 tsp hing / asafoetida

2 sprigs of curry leaves

1 red chilli


PROCEDURE:

  • Wash the lentils, cook in cooker with 1.5 cups water and chopped tomato  for 2-3 whistles
  • Transfer cooked dal in a vessel, add cooked veggies, salt and ground masala paste
  • Add water to adjust the consistency of the gravy according to your taste
  • Let it boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the flame, garnish with chopped coriander leaves
  • Add the tempering with the ingredients mentioned
  • Serve hot with hot rice and papad.



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