Saturday, April 14, 2012

Kootu Curry

Koottu curry is a combination of vegetables and chick peas, and is usually a semi-dry preparation. This is also served as part of any Kerala Sadhya.

  • 1 cup Raw banana cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 cup Chena / yam cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 spring Curry leaves
  • 1 1/2 cup Cooked Channa - 3/4 cup (Soak dried chana overnight and pressure cook adding enough water and salt for around 5 whistles)
  • 1/2 cup cooked Vanpayar / red chori (Pressure cook dried vanpayar in enough water and salt for 4 -5 whistles)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chilly powder
  • 1 cup Grated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 4 Dry red chillies
  • Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil 
  1. Cook the raw banana and yam cubes with a little salt in microwave for 4-5 min or till they are just cooked but firm. Alternately you may also cook them in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle.
  2. Heat oil in a big pan and add the mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the red chillies and curry leaves.
  3. Add the cooked channa, cooked vanpayar, cooked vegetables, turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt.
  4. Mix everything well and cook till the water is evaporated or till it reaches your desired consistency.
  5. Roast the coconut in a small pan until it turns brown and add it to the Kootu curry and mix well.
  6. Simmer and cook for a few minutes so that the taste blends. Serve hot with rice.

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