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Friday, May 8, 2009


This kootu is very healthy for convalescent people. No tamarind and no chillies but still tasty.


All fresh vegetables (preferably naatu karikai) - Ash gourd, avarakkai, brinjal, kovakkai, shelled peas, etc. - 3 cups
Tomato - 2 large
Toor dal ( boiled) - 1 cup
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - few

Mustard seeds - a pinch
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder - 1 pinch

Hing - 1 pinch




Chop all the vegetables and tomatoes.

Boil toor dhal and keep aside.

In a kadai, heat little oil, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add cumin seeds. Now add tomatoes, curry leaves, turmeric powder, hing and fry for a while till the raw smell of the tomato goes. Now add the chopped vegetables and salt and mix well. Sprinkle some water and cover it with a lid till it gets cooked. Add the boiled toor dhal, mix well and stir it for some time. Now your kootu is ready. Garnish with coriander leaves.


  1. Invariably anyone would only say that it looks divine and with all the veggies there oh my I wish I could have that now...

  2. romba differenta iruku... never tried tomato in kootu! should try this!

  3. shantiji, this should be a good side dish for rotis too. by the way ur blog is very impressive with a great feeling of a typical iyengar house hold.keep it u p

  4. fantastic blog,treasure trove of rare authentic traditional,healthy recipes.please continue.keep it up.


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