Thursday, December 17, 2020

Posted by Mala at 9:00:00 PM 3 comments

 This recipe is being documented mainly for the next gen.

I have , several times made this for my son, during his bachelor and student days, and daughter, during her post-partum period ...after leaving her and coming off to India ..but I still have not documented this in my, the next generation has started going to colleges, some at the verge of getting, I thought this is the apt time to upload in my blog.

Koottu is an important dish in Tambrahm cuisine, and I have illustrated a very easy way to make this. This saves students and bachelors the job of grinding for koottu.....why them?? even for us, it's so useful for a quick koottu!

Vegetable is your choice, any vegetable like chayote squash, carrot-potato-peas, broad beans, cabbage, ash gourd, yellow squash can be used.

Can be refrigerated and used for 3-4 months.

Cooking oil - 1/2 tsp
Split urad dhal/whole urad  - 1/2 cup
Red chillies - 4-5
Jeera/cumin - 3 tsps
Pepper - 11/2 tsps
Hing powder - 1/2 tsp

Recipe cuisine: South Indian; Category: podi/powder
Prep time: nil; Roasting time: 5 mts

Yields a small bowl of powder

Heat a pan with 1/2 tsp oil, add all the above mentioned ingredients, flames on the lowest

Saute it till everything becomes hot, and the urad is pale in color.

Like this. No need to make them golden, urad has to just lose the moisture in it. That's all.

After it cools down, load in the blender jar

Pulse it to a slightly coarse powder. Needn't be very fine powder

Then how do you make koottu using this???  Load 1/2 cup moong dhal, which is soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, and the chopped snake gourd, (this quantity will yield koottu for 2)in a pressure pan, with some turmeric powder and cook for 3 whistles. You can cook this in a Instapot too. Then salt to taste added, and mixed

You can see the Koottu powder (2-3 tsps), grated coconut - 2 tsps (optional)and some curry leaves topped. Then seasoning of mustard seeds and urad dhal done in coconut oil and added.  You can use any cooking oil or ghee, whichever suits you.Simmer for 5 minutes on low flames, and your koottu is ready!!!! Eat with rice or rotis!!

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