Mixed Vegetable Kootu


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Mixed vegetable kootu is a south indian mixed vegetable recipe with chopped veggies like pumpkin, squash etc cooked with a sesame seeds based paste.

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Mixed Vegetable Kootu recipe - How to make Mixed Vegetable Kootu

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     5Makes 4 to 6 servings

3 cups chopped mixed vegetables (potatoes , carrot ,
ash gourd , chow chow , brinjal (baingan / eggplant) , drum stick , snake gourd (padwal) , green peas)
3 tbsp tamarind (imli) pulp
1/4 cup toovar (arhar) dal , cooked
1/4 cup kabuli chana (white chick peas) , cooked
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 tsp salt or to taste

For The Gravy
1 tbsp ghee
1/4 cup grated coconut
3 tbsp coriander (dhania) seeds
4 to 6 whole dry kashmiri red chillies
2 tbsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
1/2 tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp black peppercorns (kalimirch)
1 spring of curry leaves (kadi patta)

For The Tempering and Garnishing
2 tsp ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
2 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
2 to 3 tbsp roasted peanuts
2 tsp roasted and coarsely powdered sesame (til) seeds
4 to 5 curry leaves (kadi patta)
chopped coriander (dhania) for garnishing
  1. Heat the oil in a kadhai, add the red chilies, coriander seeds, chana dhal and methi seeds and saute for 40 seconds.
  2. Add the coconut and curry leaves and saute for a minute. Remove form the flame and cool.
  3. Add the cumin seeds and pepper and blend in a mixer, using some water to a smooth paste.
  4. In the same kadai, heat 1 tbsp oil, add the vegetables and saute for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato and saute for a minute and add the tamarind juice.
  6. Add turmeric powder and a pinch of hing, mix well and add water if necessary.
  7. Add the salt, mix well and cook till the vegetables are soft.
  8. Add the cooked chana, toor dhal and the ground gravy, mix well and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Add the coriander and mix well.
  10. For the tempering, heat the ghee in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
  11. When the seeds crackle , add the urad dhal, roasted peanuts, asafoetida, split green chilies and curry leaves and saute for 2 minutes.
  12. Mix well and add it to the kootu and add the roasted and crushed sesame seeds and mix well.
  13. Serve hot with plain rice or rotis or dosas.

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This recipe was contributed by brindhasuresh on 07 Oct 2011

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