Saturday, February 1, 2014

Mixed Vegetable Kootu

             Mixed vegetable Kootu is a gravy to be taken as a side dish with rice.The Tamil word Kootu means mixing.All the side dishes in the form of gravy, for rice are called Kootus as the vegetables are cooked and mixed with the ground paste of grated coconut, green chillies and Zeera. This Kootu is less spicy and so it goes well with the spicy Karakuzhambu and also the less spicy Sambar and Rasams.

Mixed Vegeatable Kootu

Ingredients :

Carrot, Beans, Potatoes     250 gms. ( Fresh Peas, Knool khol can also be added )
Moong Dhal / Pasiparuppu    2 tbsp.

For grinding in the mixer :

Grated coconut   3 tbsp.
Zeera   3/4 tsp.
Green Chillies    1 or 2
Small onions ( optional )  3

Method :

1. Soak the dhal for 20 mins.Finely chop the vegetables and cook with the soaked dhal in
    a small pressure cooker for 1 or 2 whistles. After 1 minute, slowly and carefully release
   the pressure and open the lid.This helps in retaining the colour of the vegetables.

2. Add the ground coconut paste, salt to the cooked vegetables and let it boil on medium
   flame for 2 mins. with the stirrings in between.Season with mustard and curry leaves.

Note :

There is no fixed proportion of the vegetables to be used.It depends on the availability
and preference.Potatoes become essential to give the white colour, carrot, the beautiful
red colour and Beans and Peas for green. During the season, Avaraikkai can be used for Beans or along with Beans if we like the taste.

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