Koottu curry

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Koottu curry is one of the delicious spread of Kerala Sadya, feast. This dish is so well-balanced that your need for proteins, fibre and vitamins are completely taken care off. This beautiful dish is a combination of bengal gram and vegetables like elephant gourd,raw plantain and white gourd. The masala is mildly spiced with black pepper and to balance the spicy heat, cool coconut and cumin mixture is used in the gravy. Koottu curry is neither dry nor too wet in texture. This dish is a great combination for rice and even rotis. I’m sure, once you taste it, the flavour will linger on your tongue as well as mind.So here I’m gonna explain how this wonderful dish has to be prepared.

Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry,Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you!:)
Ingredients
Bengal gram – 150 gms
raw plantain/raw banana – 1 nos
Elephant gourd – 1 cup chopped pieces
white gourd – 1/2 cup chopped pieces (optional)
freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
cumin seeds – 1 tbsp
black pepper powder – 1 tbsp
red chilli pdr – 1 tsp
turmeric pdr – 1/2 tsp
curry leaves – 2 strands
mustard seeds – 1 tsp
whole red chillies – 2
oil – 1 tbsp
Method
1. Soak bengal grams over night or for at least 6 hours . Boil black grams in 2 to 3 cups of water in a cooker along with salt, red chilly powder,black pepper powder and salt.(6 to 7 whistles )
2. Grind coconut and cumin seeds to a fine paste using mixie.
3. Add this coconut paste to the boiled grams. You may remove some water from bengal gram before you add the paste to it. This is optional. Depends completely on the consistency you prefer. Koottu curry is a thick semi gravy.
4. Mix the paste thoroughly with the boiled grams and cook on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes stirring occasionaly.Switch off the flame.
5. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and crackle mustard seeds ,curry leaves and red chillies in it.Add this seasoning to the gravy which is ready in the cooker.One table spoon coconut fried to dark brown in the same oil along with other seasonings will add extra aroma and flavour to the dish.
Enjoy with rice!

Tips
1. boil elephant gourd pieces separately and throw the water .It would be safe to add the cooked pieces to the cooked grams in the later part of cooking.

Planning to surprise your family with Kerala vegeterian dishes or even Sadya? Then my other posts on Sambar , Avial , Koottu curry, Pachadi, Parippu curry,Puli inji and Payasam will do the magic for you!:)

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