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Malabar vellari & chickpeas kootu, a south-indian style dal made with Indian yellow cucumber, chickpeas and freshly ground spice with coconut.
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What is Kootu
Kootu (Tamil:கூட்டு) is a Tamil word means to add, combine, mix. In the dish, vegetables are combined with lentils to make the dish kootu. Not only vegetables, you can combine legumes like chickpeas, black-eyed peas, edible flowers etc to make kootu.
I have quite a few varieties of kootu in my blog, ashgourd kootu with masoor dal, zucchini kootu etc. Drumstick flowers kootu is a delicacy made with fresh drumstick flowers/moringa blossoms when they are in season.
An elaborate South-indian thali always includes kootu. A festive thali has 2 dry curries, 1 kootu along with sambar, rasam, and of course payasam and vadai. Like this Tamil year Lunch
Kootu in Pressure Cooker | Instant Pot
Pressure cooker is a blessing when making kootu. Kootu is an easy to cook dish. Just dump everything in the pressure cooker and cook it for 4-5 whistles. It gets done in literally few minutes. Recently I have started using my Instant Pot too for the making kootu. With IP, I cook ⅔ things at the same time.
Since it takes very less time, it is my personal favorite. I make kootu every day. Kootu and rasam is our regular lunch. Keerai kootu is my lil ones and my personal favorite, so i happily include a greens kootu in my thali regularly.
If you are in Instagram and follow my handle I Camp in my Kitchen or my #tag #icampinmykitchenlunch, you will know what I say. My everyday lunch thali, contains a kootu, dry curry and rice. Interestingly, I have posted 84 lunch thali's under this tag. So, if at all you need any inspiration for lunch, do check my page.
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- The vegetables, i have used malabar vellari/Indian yellow cucumber, the same kootu can be done with other vegetables like cabbage, ashgourd, chayote etc.
- Dal, I have used a combination of moong and masoor dal in my kootu recipe today. You can use a combination or just one dal.
- Legume, i have use brown chickpeas in this kootu today. You can replace it normal chickpeas or any other legume.
- Spices, I have made fresh spice mix using cumin, coriander, pepper, tuvar dal, chilies and coconut for this kootu. I usually make kootu with my Kootu podi, which is a handy spice to make kootu everyday.
- Tempering, the most important part of Indian cooking, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chilies along with curry leaves is used.
- I served this part of my lunch thali along with broccoli stir-fry, paruppu rasam. and Kothamalli thogayal
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Step by Step instructions to make Vellari Kootu
Please check recipe card below for exact measurements of each ingredient used and also for the detailed instructions
- Wash and soak the lentils in water for 10 minutes. Wash, peel, remove the seeds and chop the indian cucumber into cubes. The chickpeas are presoaked overnight. I keep a pack of soaked legumes in my freezer so i have used it in the recipe.
- Heat a pressure cooker with oil, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chili, hing and curry leaves, saute.
- Add chopped tomatoes to this and saute. Dump the chopped vellari/yellow cucumber to this and saute for minute.
- Drain and add the dal, and the presoaked legumes to this and mix well. Add 2-3 cups of water.
- Take the spices mentioned in a mixer jar and grind it to a paste with ¼ cup water. Add this spice paste to the kootu. Add salt, mix well and close the lid and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
- Let the pressure fall on its own, open the cooker, mix well and serve it along with rice.
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Recipe Card for Kani Vellari Kootu
Malabar Vellari & Chickpeas Kootu | Yellow Cucumber Kootu
- Pressure cooker
- 3 cups chopped malabar vellari/Indian yellow cucumber
- 1 no medium sized tomato chopped
- ½ cup soaked chickpeas i have used brown
- ½ cup Moong dal/split green gram
- ½ cup Masoor dal/Split red lentil
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds/dhaniya
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns/milagu
- 1 teaspoon tuvar dal/split pigeon peas
- ⅓ cup coconut fresh
- 2 nos green chilies
- few curry leaves
- 2 teaspoon oil
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 nos red chilies
- ⅛ teaspoon hing/asafoetida
- few curry leaves
- Wash and soak the dal in water for 10 minutes. While the dal is soaking, wash, peel and chop the vellari/yellow cucumber into cubes.
- Take the ingredients given under 'To grind' and grind it to a fine paste in a mixer jar, using ¼ cup of water.
- Heat a pressure cooker with oil given under 'tempering', splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, thrown in red chilies, hing and curry leaves.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for a minute, add the chopped vellari/indian cucumber and saute.
- To this now add drained dal and chickpeas, Mix well. Add 3-4 cups of water, the vegetable should be covered with water, that is quantity we are looking for.
- To this now add the ground paste, add ¼ cup water to the mixer jar, shake and add that water to the cooker. Add salt, mix well.
- Close the lid of the pressure cooker, let it cook for 3-4 whistles. I sometimes allow 5 whistles too. Let the pressure fall on its own.
- Once the pressure falls, open the cooker, be careful of the gust of steam. Mix well. Serve this delicious kootu with rice and a generous drizzle of ghee.
- Any leftover kootu can be refrigerated for just a day. Since the kootu is made of dal and coconut, there is a high chance of it getting spoiled, if left outside for a long, especially in hot and humid climates.
I m not a Doctor or a Nutritionist The Nutrition information provided above comes from the plugin and is only an estimate.
Serve this delicious vellari kootu with rice and a drizzle of ghee. Enjoy it hot for the warm feeling. It is a wonderful recipe to pack as lunch too.
This kani vellari kootu can also be served with roti. We love to pair roti and kootu for our lunch.
Delicious kootu with cucumber Priya.
looks so delicious . love to have this with rice
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new kind for me, must refershing with cucumber addition, bookmarking
I have never tried adding chickpeas to kootu..sounds very yumm.
Interesting addition of chickpeas in kootu..Healthy and very tempting kootu.
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Now I know the meaning of kootu. I like this vegetable & in coorg they make many dishes with vellari
Interesting to know the addition of chickpeas in kootu, have you added tomatoes too. Found something like that in picture.
Thanks Manju, I added tomatoes n forgot to mention it in the post. updated it now!!!
Priya, that picture looks so inviting..I love all sorts of kootus, so will be bookmarking all your recipes..
That is one yummy looking kootu..
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.
This is a great kootu. This is perfect with bowl of rasam rice.
The kootu is such a wholesome dish and makes the meal so filling and satisfying...your thali collection looks fantastic Priya..
Malabar vellari kootu with freshly grounded masala looks so delicious. Making in a pressure cooker makes it so easy. The entire meal platter looks so inviting.
Chickpea kottu looks so yummy
I love kootu and the yellow cucumbers must have lend beautiful flavor to your kootu. That lunch thali collection looks amazing.