Malabar Vellari and Chickpeas Kootu

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Saturday, May 25, 2013

Kootu in tamil literally means add, i,e adding Vegetables, lentils/legumes together and making a dish which is in a semi-solid consistency, something inbetween Sambhar/Rasam and Dry Curry. Though it essentially a part of Festive Menu, these days they are part of everyday meal in many homes, including mine.
What i like most about Kootu, you can experiment with it. Add/Subtract any Veggies, any Lentils/Legumes and Try a new masala to flavor/season it!!! 
So, far the last week of Blogging Marathon, i chose to blog about Kootu Recipes. First comes a simple Malabar Vellari/Cucumber Kootu with Chickpeas and Pepper-Cumin Dry powder, which i normally use for Kootu.

2 Cups of Chopped Vellari/Indian Yellow Cucumber
1/2 Cup Soaked Chickpeas
1 Cup of Moong Dal
1 Medium-sized Tomato, chopped
2 nos green chilies, Slited 
2 tbsp freshly grated coconut
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander for garnishing
To Grind
1/2 tbsp Coriander Seeds
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
1/2 tbsp Peppercorns
1 tsp Tuvar Dal
1/2 tsp Chana Dal
1/2 tsp Moong Dal

2 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp hing
1 tsp Urad dal
2 red chilies, broked into two
2 sprigs of curry leaves

  • Grind the ingredients given under "To Grind" to a fine powder.
  • Take the Chopped Vellari, Chickpeas, Moong dal, Slited chillies, chopped tomatoes together in a Pressure Pan. Add the ground Pepper-Cumin powder to it.
  • Add 3 Cups of Water, the water should be just above the vegetable-dal mixture. Add fresh coconut and salt. Mix well.
  • Pressure Cook for 3-4 Whistles. When the pressure releases, open the cooker, heat oil given under "Tempering", splutter mustard seeds, cumin, add curry leaves, broken chilies, hing and urad dal.
  • Let the urad dal roast and turn brown, pour the sizzling tempering over the dal. Add Fresh coriander.Serve Hot with Rice/Roti.
Sending this to WTML - happening @ Nivedhanams, Event by Gayathri, MLLA#59, happening @ Sizzling Tastebuds, Event by Lisa.

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  1. Delicious kootu with cucumber Priya.

  2. looks so delicious . love to have this with rice

  3. new kind for me, must refershing with cucumber addition, bookmarking

  4. I have never tried adding chickpeas to kootu..sounds very yumm.

  5. Interesting addition of chickpeas in kootu..Healthy and very tempting kootu.

  6. Now I know the meaning of kootu. I like this vegetable & in coorg they make many dishes with vellari

  7. Interesting to know the addition of chickpeas in kootu, have you added tomatoes too. Found something like that in picture.

    1. Thanks Manju, I added tomatoes n forgot to mention it in the post. updated it now!!!

  8. Priya, that picture looks so inviting..I love all sorts of kootus, so will be bookmarking all your recipes..

  9. That is one yummy looking kootu..

  10. love kootu... love addition of chickpeas in the kootu... so many varieties of kootu you have here... Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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  11. I have never used the yellow cucumber in my recipes, I guess it would taste like courgette? Will look for it in the next Indian grocery shopping. Very interesting kootu recipe.


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