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Girija Paati’s Kootu Curry (Vegetable Lentil) Recipe - Kerala Style

Kootu Curry Recipe - Lentil vegetable gravy - Kerala Recipe - Girija Paati - girijapaati - Onam Sadya

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Kootu Curry is a simple lentil and vegetable dish that is mildly flavoured and great both as part of your daily meal or a grand Sadya on a special occasion like Onam.

Kootu Curry Recipe - Lentil vegetable gravy - Kerala Recipe - Girija Paati - girijapaati - Onam Sadya

If you try just one new dish for Onam, let it be this. It's almost impossible to get wrong and will add tremendously to your festive meal.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Green pumpkin - 650gms
Yam - 500gms
Bengal gram - 100gms - soak in water
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Water to cook
Paste to Grind:
Dried red chillies - 15 gms
Zeera - 1 tbsp
Grated coconut  - 100gms

Seasoning (Tadka):
Coconut oil
Red chillies
Mustard
Urad dhal
Curry leaves
Kootu Curry - dhal vegetable dish - kerala dish - onam sadya - girijapaati - girij paati

Method:

  1. Grind the paste ingredients above with a dash of water.
  2. Pressure cook the soaked bengal gram with water and 1/4 tsp turmeric for 3 whistles.
  3. Heat water, add yam and 1/4 tsp turmeric, cover and cook.
  4. When the yam has started to soften add in the white pumpkin, along with the water of the cooked bengal gram and salt, cover and cook.
  5. When the vegetables are half done, add in the bengal gram, cover and cook.
  6. Add the paste to the dish and cook until the raw masala smell disappears.
  7. Make a tadka of the seasoning ingredients above.
  8. Top with the tadka and serve with love.

Kootu Curry is great with rice or as a side dish with chapatti. We love to add a bit of Mangai Thokku (cooked mango pickle) on the side for spice.

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