Thursday, 6 August 2015

Carrot Kootu !

Kootu is a typical south Indian recipe especially from Tamilnadu and it is made in a number of ways. but Moong dal and Vegetable being the primary ingredients in any version. Some kootu has onion and tomatoes in it, most of them have only dal and veggies.  It is very quick and simple to make and goes well with rice. It can be made with or without coconut, but coconut gives a nice taste and flavor to the kootu. I have seen some people adding rice flour to the kootu to bring the creamy texture. But I personally dont prefer it and I would prefer the thickness and creaminess from the dal.
This is the first Kootu recipe and I made with carrot today. Will post otther versions of Kootu recipes too soon.

To Pressure Cook
  • 5 Medium Carrots
  • 1/2 cup Moong Dal
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • salt as needed
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
To grind to a paste
  • 3 Green Chillis
  • 1/3 cup chopped coconut
  • 1tsp Jeera
  • 1 piece Ginger (or 1 tsp Ginger Paste)
  • Little water
For Tempering
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • a pinch of Hing
  • 2 Dry Red Chillis
  • few curry leaves
  • Peel and wash carrots and chop them into bite size pieces.
  • In a pressure cooker, Take moong dal and enough water.

  • Add chopped carrots, one slit green chilli , turmeric and salt and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Turn off stove and let the pressure release on its own.

  • Meanwhile grind coconut , green chilli, ginger and jeera to a fine paste.
  • Add this ground paste to the pressure cooker dal n carrot and bring it to a boil and cook for 4 - 5 minutes in medium flame.

  • In a tadka pan heat oil, add mustard seeds and once it splutters add jeera and hing and then dry red chillis and curry leaves and turn off stove. 
  • Pout this tadka on the dal and close immediately and keep for 5 minutes for the tadka flavour to infuse with dal.


  • You can also add tomatoes to the dal when pressure cooking.
  • Carrot can be replaced by Chow chow, Bottle gourd, Snake gourd etc.
  • Use fresh coconut for bettter taste and flavor.
  • Serve with hot rice or rotis.

With Love,

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