I had Kootu Curry just once before for a Onam Sadya at a friend's place. Somehow, I did not quite think of trying it out myself until this Onam season. And I am inclined to believe that I just got the perfect recipe for it. Thanks to Sreelakshmi or should I say her Mom?
Sreelakshmi is a good buddy of mine and we have had some really wonderful times together. Hoping to catch up soon:)
Thank You Sreelakshmi for this amazing recipe. We just loved it!
With no further ado, let us get to the recipe.
Raw Banana - 2
Yam/ Chena - 1/4 kg
Brown Kadala/ Black Channa - 1/2 cup (soaked overnight)
Jaggery - 100 gms grated
Coconut - 1/2 cup grated + 2 tbsp
Green Chilly - 2-3
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Dried red chilly - 4-5
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Soak the kadala overnight. Pressure cook with chilly powder and turmeric powder. Slice Raw Banana & Yam into small cubes and add this to the kadala. Let it cook for about 20 minutes on medium flame.
Grind the grated coconut with jeera, green chilly and a pinch of turmeric powder. Add this mixture to the cooked vegetables and kadala. Add the grated jaggery to it and mix well (without mashing your veggies) Heat oil in a skillet, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add dried red chilly and 2 tbsp coconut. Fry till coconut turns brown and add the curry leaves.
Toss this to the curry. Tada! Its done.
You may also note -
- Do not over cook the kadala or the veggies.
- This is a dry curry, ensure to add just enough water.
- Be careful while stirring, do not mash the vegetables.