Malabar Vellari and Chickpeas Kootu

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.
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#28