Carrot and Peanut Poricha Kootu

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Sunday, May 26, 2013

Carrot in Kootu, yes!!Carrot is a Sweet Veggie and many of them Don't prefer it using it many recipes. To balance that sweetness and make it more interesting, i try to include it in a Spicy recipe, Like in a Tangy Tamarind Kuzhambu or in a Spicy Pepper Kootu. Today's Recipe is a Poricha Kootu, Where Urad dal n Peppercorns are slightly roasted in oil and ground to a fine paste using fresh coconut. So, the spice of pepper will balance the sweetness of Carrot. 

I love Chana Dal/Gram Dal Kootu more than Moong Dal!!! Coz Chana Dal/Gram Dal adds a unique flavor to the dish, that too, when combined with coconut, the taste is truly mesmerizing!!! It reminds me of the Pooshnikaai/Ashgourd Kootu they serve in Marriages/Functions!!! Nostalgic-a,Longing to taste a Perfect South-Indian Marriage/Function Food Served in a Fresh Green Banana Leaf!!! :) 

1 Large Carrot
1/2 Cup Chana Dal/Gram Dal
1/4 Cup Dhuli Moong Dal/Split Green Gram 
1/4 Cup Peanuts
Salt to taste
Roast n Grind
1 tsp Urad dal
1/2 tsp Peppercorns
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 red chili
2 tbsp Freshly grated Coconut
1 tsp ginger 

2 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Urad dal
hing a pinch
2 sprigs of curry leaves


  • Peel and Chop the carrot into cubes. Wash and Soak, both the Dals and Peanuts together in Warm Water for 20 minutes.
  • In a pan, add 2 drops of oil and roast Urad dal and Peppercorns separately.
  • Take the roasted pepper and urad dal along with rest of the ingredients given under "Roast n Grind" in a mixer and grind it to a smooth paste with 1/4 Cup of Water.
  • Take the Soaked Dal,Peanuts, Chopped Carrot, in a Pressure Cooker, Add the Ground paste and Salt, Mix well. Pressure Cook for 4-5 Whistles.
  • When the Pressure Releases, Open the Cooker, Heat the oil given under "Tempering", Splutter mustard seeds, crackle cumin, add urad dal, hing and curry leaves. 
  • When the dal turns brown, pour the sizzling tempering over the Kootu. Garnish with Fresh Coriander Leaves, Serve Hot with Rice/Roti.
Sending this to WTML - hosted by Nivedhanams, Event by Gayathri.
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  1. carrot and peanut is a new combination, never tried before , good one

  2. have never added peanuts to kootu before. but they're my favourite nut. Btw, have you missed adding peanuts to the ingredients list, or am i missing something?

  3. I am book marking all the kot recipes in this series.My son in law loves them and is an expert with these. Looks good.

  4. Love that peanut touch here, wat a droolworthy kootu..

  5. love the peanut addition.interesting recipe.

  6. Great combo of ingredients and that crunch from the peanuts is awesome.

  7. flavor must be awesome with the peanut

  8. nice combo and kootu looks delicious....

  9. Very interesting combo for kootu.. Sounds yumm!!

  10. delicious and very interesting kootu... Have never tried carrot in poricha kootu... Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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  11. I was about to ask carrots in kootu and see you have said just that!..nice pictures..and your spices must have balanced it well..very good set of kootus priya..thanks..:)

  12. Peanuts in kutoo, haven't thought about that. Healthy one.


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