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kootu curry recipe

kootu curry also known as koottukari or kootu kari is a curry based dish with a few veggies and legumes. kootu curry is one of the important dishes of onam sadhya.

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kootu curry recipe with step by step photos – kootu curry also known as koottukari or kootu kari is a thick curry based dish made with a few veggies and legumes. the veggies that are added are yam, ash gourd, carrots, snake gourd, pumpkin or plantains. the legumes added are black chickpeas (kala chana) or bengal gram (chana dal). kootu kari is one of the important dishes of onam sadhya.

kootu curry recipe

kerala cuisine is not new to me. since my dad is from kerala, i have had the opportunity to savor the best of the vegetarian cuisine from kerala. i have stayed also in kerala for about a month and i did get a chance to explore local flavors, which is not possible if you live in mumbai or any other city.

onam festival is celebrated at my home in a simple way. on onam, my mom makes some of the recipes that are served in onam sadhya like sambar, thoran (veggie stir fry), avial (mix veggie coconut-curd based curry), erissery (pumpkin & black eyed peas curry), kichadi (raita), parippu (dal), kalan (sour veggie based curry), sambaram (spiced buttermilk) and naranga achar (lemon pickle). of course the banana chips and pappadums are got from local kerala shops. for dessert is either a chana dal payasam or moong dal payasam or paal payasam.

though being from kerala, i have not done justice to the cuisine which i have grown up having – in the sense i do not have many recipe from the kerala cuisine posted on the website. so this year i plan to add some more recipes. generally at home punjabi food takes precedence over other cuisines as my in-laws are punjabi. this is also the reason that the blog has maximum punjabi and north indian recipes.

kootu curry is best served with rice. you can accompany a thoran by the side along with some papaddums and lemon pickle or mango pickle.

if you are looking for more kerala recipes then do check appam, kadala curry, olan curry, ulli vada and pazham pori recipe.

koottukari or kootu curry recipe below:

kootu curry recipe
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kootu curry recipe

kootu curry also known as koottukari or kootu kari is a curry based dish with a few veggies and legumes. kootu curry is one of the important dishes of onam sadhya.
course main course
cuisine kerala, south indian
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 40 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking black chickpeas

  • cup black chana (black chickpeas)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups water

for cooking veggies

  • 1 to 1.25 cups plantain (raw banana)
  • 1 cup elephant foot yam (suran)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (kali mirch powder)
  • 1.5 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 1 teaspoon jaggery - optional
  • ¼ cup water added later - optional

for coconut paste

  • ½ cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • ½ cup water for grinding coconut paste

for tempering kootu curry

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (husked and split black gram)
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1 dry red chili
  • cup grated fresh coconut

how to make kootu curry recipe

soaking and cooking black chickpeas

  1. rinse ⅓ cup black chana (black chickpeas) in water a couple of times and then soak in enough water for 8 hours or overnight.

  2. before cooking, drain all the water. add the chana in a pressure cooker along with ¼ teaspoon salt.

  3. pour 1.5 cups water. cover and pressure cook for 10 minutes or 12 to 14 whistles on medium flame. 

  4. depending on the quality of chana it may take less or more time to cook. so do use your past experience in cooking chana if you are using the same brand. at times some quality of chickpeas, takes only 3 to 4 whistles to cook and at times more.

  5. when the pressure settles down open the lid and check if the chickpeas are cooked. if not, then add about ½ cup water and cook for some more time.

cooking veggies for kootu curry

  1. when the chickpeas are cooking, you can peel, rinse and chop plantain (raw banana) and elephant foot yam (suran). you will need 1 to 1.25 cups chopped plantain and 1 cup chopped elephant foot yam. add them in a pan.

  2. add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder. also add ½ teaspoon salt or add as required.

  3. next add 1.5 cups water.

  4. cover the pan with a lid and cook the veggies on a low to medium flame.

  5. in between while cooking, do check and stir the veggies. if the water dries up, you can add some more water.

for coconut paste

  1. when the veggies are cooking, you can prepare the coconut paste. take ½ cup fresh grated coconut , 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and 2 dry red chilies (broken and seeds removed) in a grinder jar.

  2. add ½ cup water and grind to a semi fine paste. keep aside.

making kootu curry

  1. once the yam and plantain are cooked, its time to add the cooked chickpeas. if there is any water in the pan, then evaporate it by cooking without lid. there should be no water or very little water in the pan (about 95% of water should get evaporated).

  2. add the cooked chickpeas.

  3. then add the coconut paste.

  4. add about ¼ cup water only if required and if the curry is too thick. mix well.

  5. add 1 teaspoon jaggery. adding jaggery is optional and can be skipped.

  6. bring the kootu curry to a boil. you need to cook till the raw taste of coconut and red chilies go away. then switch off the flame. cover and keep aside. do stir at intervals.

tempering for kootu curry

  1. in a tadka pan or a small frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil. add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and ½ teaspoon urad dal.

  2. let the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turn golden. stir often for uniform cooking.

  3. then add 10 to 12 curry leaves and 1 dry red chili.

  4. fry till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp.

  5. next add ⅓ cup fresh grated coconut.

  6. mix the coconut very well with the remaining tempering ingredients and continue to saute stirring often.

  7. saute till the coconut turns golden.

  8. add this mixture to the kootu curry.

  9. mix very well. cover and keep aside for some minutes for the flavors to mingle.

  10. serve kootu curry with steamed rice.

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how to make koottukari or kootu curry recipe:

soaking and cooking black chickpeas:

1. rinse ⅓ cup black chana (black chickpeas) in water a couple of times and then soak in enough water for 8 hours or overnight.

making kootu curry recipe

2. before cooking, drain all the water. add the chana in a pressure cooker along with ¼ teaspoon salt.

making kootu curry recipe

3. pour 1.5 cups water.

making kootu curry recipe

4. cover and pressure cook on medium flame for 10 minutes or 12 to 14 whistles. depending on the quality of chana it may take less or more time to cook. so do use your past experience in cooking chana if you are using the same brand. at times some quality of chickpeas, takes only 3 to 4 whistles to cook and at times more.

making kootu curry recipe

5. when the pressure settles down, open the lid and check if the chickpeas are cooked. if not, then add about ½ cup water and cook for some more time. drain the water and keep aside.

making kootu curry recipe

for cooking veggies:

6. when the chickpeas are cooking, you can peel, rinse and chop plantain (raw banana) and elephant foot yam (suran). you will need 1 to 1.25 cups chopped plantain and 1 cup chopped elephant foot yam. add them in a pan.

making kootu curry recipe

7. add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder. also add ½ teaspoon salt or add as required.

making kootu curry recipe

8. next add 1.5 cups water.

making kootu curry recipe

9. cover the pan with a lid and cook the veggies on a low to medium flame.

making kootu curry recipe

10. in between while cooking, do check and stir the veggies. if the water dries up, you can add some more water.

making kootu curry recipe

for coconut paste:

11. when the veggies are cooking, you can prepare the coconut paste. in a grinder jar take ½ cup fresh grated coconut, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and 2 dry red chilies (broken and seeds removed).

making kootu curry recipe

12. add ½ cup water and grind to a semi fine paste. keep aside.

making kootu curry recipe

making kootu curry:

13. once the yam and plantain are cooked, its time to add the cooked chickpeas. if there is any water in the pan, then evaporate it by cooking without lid. there should be no water or very little water in the pan (about 95% of water should get evaporated).

making kootu curry recipe

14. add the cooked chickpeas.

making kootu curry recipe

15. then add the coconut paste.

making kootu curry recipe

16. add about ¼ cup water only if required and if the curry is too thick. mix well.

making kootu curry recipe

17. add 1 teaspoon jaggery. adding jaggery is optional and can be skipped.

making kootu curry recipe

18. bring the kootu curry to a boil. you need to cook till the raw taste of coconut and red chilies go away. then switch off the flame. cover and keep aside. do stir at intervals. check the taste and add more salt if required.

making kootu curry recipe

for tempering kootu curry:

19. in a tadka pan or a small frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil. add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and ½ teaspoon urad dal.

making kootu curry recipe

20. let the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turn golden. stir often for uniform cooking.

making kootu curry recipe

21. then add 10 to 12 curry leaves and 1 dry red chili.

making kootu curry recipe

22. fry till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp.

making kootu curry recipe

23. next add ⅓ cup fresh grated coconut.

making kootu curry recipe

24. mix the coconut very well with the remaining tempering ingredients and continue to saute stirring often.

making kootu curry recipe

25. saute till the coconut turns golden.

making kootu curry recipe

26. add this mixture to the kootu curry.

making kootu curry recipe

27. mix very well. cover and keep aside for some minutes for the flavors to mingle.

kootu curry recipe

28. serve kootu curry with steamed rice.

koottukari recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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5 comments/reviews

  1. Tried this today and came out exactly like sadya flavour !! Loved it . Please post more sadya items I love your recipes , Dassana 😍

    • Thanks Neethu for your positive feedback on kootu curry. I will slowly add more sadya recipes.

  2. I’m going to try this today😊

  3. Great recipe, Dassana. It is so great that u will be adding Kerala dishes. Myself am from Kerala, but having grown up in north, I always search ur website for north Indian dishes because they taste authentic. But I always felt that u would also be able to do justice in explaining the complexities of taste which are required for kerala dishes since some part of u is a malyali and could do justice to them. So I really used to wish that u would add more Kerala dishes because I search only ur website☺. Great u have decided to add more of them. All the best and keep up the fantastic job ur doing. May God give the strength to do more.

    • thanks a ton shilpi. its so touching and motivating to read your comment. i am definitely encouraged to add more kerala recipe 😀
      thanks again 🙏🏻

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