White onion Kootu - Vellai Vengayam Kootu

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Friday, April 27, 2018

Kootu are my goto dishes most of the days. I make them almost everyday, as i m used to having a kootu, even when i have a dry curry. Someday it is keerai/spinach kootu, or some veggies kootu. I have my very own kootu powder, which makes it pretty easy to make.Dump all the veggies and dal in the pressure cooker, add the kootu podi/powder, salt and water and pressure cook until done. Once the pressure releases, add tadka, it takes about 15-20 minutes from start to end. Sometimes when i have extra veggies, i chop and freeze them, that makes the process even more quicker. 
White onion kootu, something which amma makes once in a while for the health benefits. White onion is supposed to very good health, it is a good coolant for your body, and also good for your liver. They make white onion dishes for people who recover from jaundice, but people who eat white onion that time, will hate since they make it with less spice and salt. White onions has a sweet taste for themselves, so when it cooked with proper spices they taste amazing and pairs well with roti's and hot rice.
The day i made them i packed this kootu and also paneer curry for my elder one, he prefered the kootu more than the paneer. I have used coconut and chili along with ginger and cumin for the masala, that adds a nice zing to the sweet onions. Do try and let me know how you liked it!

1 big white onion
1/2 cup moong dal
1 medium sized tomato
1/2 tsp salt

For the masala paste
1/3 cup of freshly grated coconut
2 green chilies
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
2  red chilies, broken
4-5 curry leaves
  • Take the ingredients for the masala paste in a mixer jar, add 1/4 cup of water and grind it to a fine paste.
  • Chop the white onion and tomato. In a pressure cooker, take white onions and tomatoes, add moong dal. Add the ground masala paste to this, add 1 cup of water. Add salt and mix well. Pressure cook this for 4-5 whistles. 
  • Let the pressure release on its own. In a small tadka pan, add oil, when its hot, add mustard seeds, let it crackle, add curry leaves, red chilies and finally urad dal, let it turn golden brown, pour this hot tadka over the dal. 
  • I pack them with roti's, you can also enjoy them with steaming hot rice.

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  1. White onion kootu looks absolutely comforting. Even i do freeze mixed vegetables to dish out some kootu easily as they are really handy to dish out kootu in less time. Now am tempted to make this white onion kootu very soon.

  2. Lovely kootu. I like the coconut masala in there. Shall try this version soon.

  3. Wow, what an interesting recipe with white onions. With such a simple ingredient, you have made a wonderful side dish, definitely gonna try this. Good info about the health benefits of white onions!!

  4. Never tried onion in kootu and also didn't know much about its health benefits. Thanks for the share. Will try this out soon.

  5. Onion kootu ! Omg ! Sounds so interesting ! Where and how do you ever think of these lines ! Super dish , sounds really interesting .

  6. That is a very interesting kootu with white onion. It must have tasted awesome with that coconut masala paste. Delicious with some rice and ghee.

  7. Awesome kootu with just onions.. This is a must try!! Bookmarked right away!!

  8. Yummy and tasty idea.. looks superb

  9. That is a completely new dish to me. I once tried using white onion but as it turned out too sweet, I stopped buying it. Guess I need to learn the knack of using it in recipes. Making kootu with onions is too good.

  10. This is a new dish for me but it looks so delicious. Good knowing the benefits of white onions.

  11. I feel white onions taste better in curries than the red ones. This kottu sounds and looks absolutely delicious.

  12. Though we do get these onions, I have never really checked the taste difference, will surely do now..and if your kiddo liked this over paneer, then this is something!

  13. Kootu is one simple, comfort food. We regularly use white onions but think that red ones add more flavor.

  14. Oh wow! I have made kootu with so many vegetables, but never with onion by itself. The white onions are so mild and flavorful. Love this recipe Priya!

  15. wow that is a thoughtful recipe for the letter V priya, kootu looks so delicious and tempting !!

  16. This recipe is totally new to me! Now I am going to hunt for these white onions just to make your kootu.And an awesome choice of dish for this alphabet Priya!


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