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Kerala kootu curry

Kootu curry | Kootu Kari | Onam Sadya recipe

Kootu curry or kootu kari, a traditional dish from the Indian state of Kerala. A delicious thick curry made of veggies and legumes. This Kootukari is also part of the traditional Onam Sadya Feast.
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 295kcal


  • 170 grams yam/elephant foot/Chena
  • 130 grams raw banana/ raw plantain 2 raw bananas
  • 100 grams black chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 2 pinches of turmeric
  • salt to taste

To grind

  • ¾ cup coconut
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ginger


  • 1-2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal
  • 4-5 curry leaves torn
  • 2-3 tablespoon fresh coconut


  • Wash and soak black chickpeas in water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Peel and chop yam and raw banana into cubes.
  • In a heavy bottom vessel take the chopped yam and raw banana, add enough water for the veggies to immerse, add turmeric and let it cook in a simmer flame.
  • While the veggies are cooking, take the chickpeas in a pressure cooker add salt and turmeric powder and cook for 4-5 whistles or until done.
  • Once done, let the pressure fall on its own, drain the water  and add the chickpeas to the veggies cooking. 
  • Take all the ingredients given under grind in a mixer, add ¼ cup of water and grind it to a smooth paste.
  • By this time the veggies must be almost done. Add this freshly made masala paste into the veggies. Add salt and mix well.
  • Let this simmer and get to the point where all the liquid gets almost absorbed. Take it off the stove.

Let us add tadka

  • Heat a pan with coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds, add urad dal and sauté until it turns golden brown , add curry leaves and the fresh coconut to it.
  • Sauté until the coconut gets nicely toasted and golden brown. Add this hot tadka to the kootu curry and serve to warm with hot rice. 


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg