Kootu in Tamilnadu refers to a stew that combines vegetables, dhal and coconut. Kootu in tamil refers to addition. I'm brought up with this kootu and this is my son's latest favorite along with curd rice; not sure how soon he is going to get bored of this. He keeps changing his favorites often..
This is one of the favorite recipes for both me and my mom. If she has to to prepare just for both of us, it would be rasam and this kootu or Puli kuzhambu and this kootu. I like the versatility of this recipe; it can be had alone with rice or like a side dish to curd rice or with Rasam / Puli Kuzhambu. It takes part in our weekly menu atleast once or twice.
Here goes the easy recipe:
Pasiparuppu (Split yellow Moong Dhal) 1/2 cup
Chopped vegetables 1/2 cup
Grated coconut 4-5 tsp
Dried Red Chilles 1-2
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Salt and water
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Urad Dhal 1/4 tsp
Pearl Onions few
Curry leaves fewOil
Soak Yellow split moong dhal for 10-15 minutes. Grate coconut and grind it along with chillies and cumin seeds.
In a Pan, heat water and cook vegetables. Mean while cook dhal in pressure cooker.
When done, transfer the cooked dhal to the vegetables. Add turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt. When both gets combined well and start boiling well, add the coconut paste.
Boil till done. Prepare the tempering and pour it over.
Serve with just steamed rice/ curd rice / steamed rice with Puli kuzhambu or Rasam.
I've used Snake Gourd (Pudalankai) in this recipe.
Other Vegetables used in this kootu:
Peerkankkai (Ridge Gourd)
Surakkai (Bottle Gourd)
Also Linking this recipe to Cook like Mom happening at Foodelicious, Celebrate - Love for Mum happening at Tangy Minds intially started at Jagruti's cooking and WTML - Walking through Memory lane happening at Nivethanams and initially started at Gayathri's cook spot.