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Thiruvathirai Kootu | 7-Kari kootu in cooker

Thiruvathirai kootu, 7-kari kootu, a tangy vegetable stew made of 7 different vegetables . It is traditionally served with sweet kali.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South-Indian
Keyword 7-kari kootu recipe, festive kootu recipe, Kootu recipe, mixed vegetable stew, pongal kootu recipe, thalagam recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 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 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chana dal/gram dal
  • 2 teaspoon raw rice
  • 5-6 nos red chilies
  • 3-4 tablespoon grated coconut
  • a sprig of curry leaf


  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon methi seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 nos red chilies
  • teaspoon 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 ¼ 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.