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Mixed Vegetable Kootu

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Mixed Vegetable Kootu

The kitchen smelt remarkably delicious with warm aromatic flavors while cooking today’s recipe, mixed vegetable kootu. The reason for the wonderful aroma were the roasted spices and lentils – asafoetida, cinnamon, bengal gram and poppy seeds that were ground to a paste with fresh coconut forming the masala base of the kootu. Makes for a memorable side not only with rice but with dosa and chapati too.

Mixed Vegetable Kootu Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves 5 persons

Cuisine: South Indian

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Ingredients:

1 large carrot, peeled and cubed

1 large potato, peeled and cubed

1 large brinjal, cut into pieces

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

salt to taste

Roast in 2 tsps of oil:

3-4 dry red chilies

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tbsp senaga pappu/chana dal/bengal gram

2 tsps ghasagasalu/poppy seeds/khus-khus

1″ cinnamon stick

pinch of asafoetida

2 tbsps grated coconut

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

few fresh curry leaves

1 tbsp ghee or oil (ghee is preferred for this particular kootu)

1 Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel, add mustard seeds and allow to splutter, add cumin seeds and let them brown. Add curry leaves and saute for few secs.
2 Add the carrot, potato and brinjal pieces and saute on medium flame for 3-4 mts. Reduce flame, add salt and turmeric pwd and combine. Place lid and cook till the vegetables are half cooked. Add tomatoes and cook further for another 4-5 mts.
3 While the vegetables are cooking, heat oil in a pan, add channa dal, coriander seeds, khus khus, cinnamon stick and red chilies and saute till the dals turn red and a lovely aroma emanates the kitchen. Add the coconut and asafoetida and roast for half a mt. Turn off heat and cool. Grind this mixture without water till it becomes a powder, add little water and make a smooth paste.
4 Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the vegetables and bring to a boil. Cook with lid for 7-8 mts. Remove lid and add the ground paste and combine well. Cook on low-medium flame for 15-20 mts, till the texture is thick and not watery.
5 Turn off heat and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve with hot rice, chapatis or dosas.

Mixed Vegetable Kootu Recipe

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 35 min
Yield: 4
Main Ingredients: carrot potato brinjal coconut bengal gram

The kitchen smelt remarkably delicious with warm aromatic flavors while cooking today’s recipe, mixed vegetable kootu. The reason for the wonderful aroma were the roasted spices and lentils – asafoetida, cinnamon, bengal gram and poppy seeds that were ground to a paste with fresh coconut forming the main masala base of the kootu.

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By • Aug 5th, 2010 • Category: All Recipes, Indian Curry Recipes, Indian Vegan Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes, Recipes Vegetable Dishes, South Indian Recipes

  • Gauri

    Hi Sailu,

    Nice recipe. Is kootu a telugu word for kurma? Recipe looks very similar to a kurma. Thanks!!

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      Kootu is a South Indian term used for thick stews which have freshly ground masala cooked along with vegetables and lentils. Kurma is more a yogurt and cream based thick curry.

  • http://vegetarianmedley.blogspot.com/ Madhavi

    Kootu looks good!!

  • http://www.curryinkadai.blogspot.com kalva

    I CAN SMELL IT… YUMM LOVELY KOOTU

  • sam

    MMM….I love this

  • rajani

    I regularly watch your web site. But I haven’t seen this receipe. My
    children love this kootu very much. Thanks for giving this kootu recipe.

  • subhadra

    wow lovely one. recently i had this kind of recipe at my aunt’s house. it tasted well. both of them differ little bit.

  • Subha

    Hi Sailu,

    It a pleasure visiting your site which gives a treat of so many Andhra and other recipes too. Would like to convey my THANKS. Please could you give a substitute for khus khus as i reside in the UAE and this is not sold out here. Also would like to know if channa dhal is a must for this recipe.

    P.S. In future could you add few recipes of vegetables like beetroot, carrot, ham etc. If possible something on soya chunks too.

    Thanks once again!!!!

  • http://forkbootsandapalette.wordpress.com s

    Looks so delicious…I love kootu and I feel like I can almost smell the wonderful spices and flavor here…

  • shaila

    hi sailu garu,

    nice curry…seems to be mouth watering. coconut u mentioned is it fresh one or can we use desicrated coconut?

    • http://sailusfood.com Sailu

      Fresh coconut.

  • Smita Wagh

    I had similar kind of recipe in my friend’s house, but there were many guests, and i forgot about it. U made me go down the memory lane, I tried it, thanks 2 u.

  • Subha

    Hi Sailu, I tried it yesterday and came out very good. We enjoyed it with rava dosas..Thanks for the wonderful recipe

  • http://thecuisine.blogspot.com Hari Chandana

    Looks really good.. thanks for the recipe sailu garu :)

  • http://vegan-fare.blogspot.com/ kum

    Kootu looks so YUM!

    Thank you so much for sharing so many great vegetarian and vegan recipes.

  • Janani Sai Ram

    Made the kootu, turned out delicious.. thank you for sharing this simple yet extremely tasty vegetarian recipe..

  • Sumijomy

    hello, i reside in uae and so cant find khus khus …..so what can i substitute instead of khus khus

  • Sumijomy

    hello, i reside in uae and so cant find khus khus …..so what can i substitute instead of khus khus

  • Sukanya

    i tried your recipe for dinner yesterday…. My family members loved it…..
    thanks and very nice and easy recipe posted…