Thiruvathirai kootu, 7-kari kootu, a tangy vegetable stew made of 7 different vegetables . It is traditionally served with sweet kali made on thiruvadirai, a festival celebrated in Tamilnadu and kerala.Jump to Recipe
What is 7-Kari Kootu/Kuzhambu
Thiruvathirai kootu, a tamarind based mixed vegatable stew made especially for festive days. This traditonal kootu is made with a combination of 7 different vegetables, that is why the name 7-kari kuzhambu. This delicious kuzhambu, made during festive days like aarudra and pongal, denoting auspiciousness and abundance.
How to make 7-Kari Kootu
The vegetables used to make this kootu is mostly country vegetables, that gets harvested during that period. This also promotes local eating habit. One can use pumpkin, brinjal, sweet potatoes, potatoes, field beans, plantains, yam varieteis etc. Apart from the vegetables we can also use beans like chickpeas, black-eyed peas and fresh green peas.
Gather and chop the vegetables of the same size. Check the recipe card below for the ingredients list. Dry roast and grind the spice powder. In a pressure pan, add tempering, saute the vegetable, add the tamarind extract and spice powder. Pressure cook until done. Once done, let the pressure drop on its own. Open the cooker, check consistency and add tempering.
Serve this lip-smacking, tangy stew with kali, or you can serve it with rice and dry subzi too.
Thiruvathirai Kootu | 7-Kari kootu in cooker
- Pressure cooker
- 1 no sweet potato peeled and chopped
- 1 no plantain peeled and chopped
- 4-5 nos brinjals/egg-plants chopped
- 1 no radish peeled and chopped
- 1 no carrot peeled and chopped
- 1 slice yellow pumpkin about 8-10 cubes
- ¼ cup dried green beans
- ¼ cp toor dal
- a small lemon sized tamarind soaked in water
- salt to taste
To Roast & Grind
- 2 tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 tbsp chana dal/gram dal
- 2 tsp raw rice
- 5-6 nos red chilies
- 3-4 tbsp grated coconut
- a sprig of curry leaf
- 2 tsp oil
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- ¼ tsp methi seeds
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- 2 nos red chilies
- ⅛ tsp hing/asafoetida
- Wash and chop all the veggies to cubes, and soak them in water until use. All the veggies should be of the same size to ease even cooking. x
- Soak tamarind in warm water for 15 minutes and extract around 2 cups of tamarind extract.
- If using dried beans, soak them overnight. I always have pre-soaked beans in my freezer all the time, so i used them while cooking. In case you are using fresh beans, you can use it straight, withoutsoaking
- Roast all the ingredients given under Roast and grind one by one and grind it with 1/4 cup water to a fine paste
- In a Pressure pan, heat oil given under "Tempering", splutter mustard seeds, add methi/fenugreek seeds, add hing, turmeric, red chilies and saute for 2 minutes.
- Drain the veggies and add it to the pan, saute well for 2-3 minutes. next add the tamarind extract, toor dal, ground paste and 1 cup water. add salt, mix well
- When the mixture starts boiling, close the lid,put the whistle on, pressure cook in a medium flame, for 2-3 whistles. i cookedfor 3 whistles
- Take it of the flame, let the pressure release on its own, remove the lid of the pressure pan, mix well with a laddle, check the consistency shouldn't be watery, if yes, then boil for some more time.
- Finally add fresh coriander leaves. Serve it along with Thiruvadirai Kali.
Serve this delicious 7-kari kootu with kali or enjoy it with hot steaming rice.
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