Mix Vegetable Kootu is a simple, yet delicious dish that’s made in most Tamil homes. It’s a healthy South Indian dish that’s specially made during the Pongal season; in fact, this simple dish is made for most festivals.

Kootu

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Kootu is a simple, yet delicious dish that’s made in most Tamil homes. It’s a healthy South Indian dish that’s specially made during the Pongal season; in fact, this simple dish is made for most festivals. 

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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Tuvar Dal
  • 2 tbsp Peanuts
  • Salt to taste

For Vegetables

  • 1/2 cup carrot Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Beans Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Potato Peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Cubed
  • 1/2 cup Madras Cucumber Cubed
  • 1/4 cup Peas
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

For grinding into a paste

  • 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 3-4 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 tsp Chana Dal
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Coconut Grated

For tempering

  • 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 10-12 Curry Leaves

Instructions

  1. Wash tuvar dal and add it in a pressure cooker along with peanuts, salt and 1 cup of water.

  2. Pressure cook until dal is nicely cooked.

  3. Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release.

  4. Mash the dal and keep it aside.

  5. Add all the vegetables in a pressure cooker along with salt, turmeric powder and 1 cup of water and pressure cook until they are softened.

  6. Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release.

  7. Keep the cooked vegetables aside.

  8. Heat vegetable oil in a pan.

  9. Add coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chillies and chana dal and fry until they turn slightly brown.

  10. Remove the pan from heat and let the mixture cool.

  11. Add the mixture in a grinder along with coconut and some water and grind to make smooth paste.

  12. Now in a pan, add cooked vegetables, cooked dal and masala paste and cook for 10-12 minutes on low heat.

  13. Add more water if required.

  14. If you plan to serve the Kootu with rice, you can keep it thinner and if you want to serve as a side dish for chapati, you can keep it thicker.

  15. For tempering, heat vegetable oil in a pan.

  16. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seedss, urad dal and curry leaves and let them crackle for a few seconds.

  17. Pour the tempering over the kootu and mix well.

  18. Serve hot with rice or chapati.

Nutrition Facts
Kootu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 630mg18%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 4395IU88%
Vitamin C 108.4mg131%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.