Kootu Curry (Onam Sadya Special)
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- 1 Cup = 200ml
- Coconut (grated) -1 cup
- Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
- Ginger – 2 small pieces
- Garlic – 1 clove
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Water – ¼ cup
- Grind grated coconut with the remaining ingredients in a grinder and keep it ready.
- Bengal gram/ kadala – 1 cup (soak in water overnight)
- Raw banana (plantain) – 2 (peel and cut to pieces)
- Elephant yam – 200 gram (cut to pieces)
- Green chili – 2 (chopped)
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp + ¼ tsp
- Black pepper powder – 1 – 1 ½ tsp
- Crushed ginger – 1 tsp
- Water – 1 ½ cup + 1 cup
- Salt – to taste
- Cook the soaked bengal gram/ kadala with ¼ tsp turmeric powder, little salt and 1 ¼ cup water in a pressure cooker. Remove it from the pressure cooker and keep it aside.
- Cook the raw banana and elephant yam with green chili, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, black pepper powder, crushed ginger, little salt and 1 cup water in the same pressure cooker.
- Add the cooked Bengal gram/ kadala to the pressure cooker with the cooked raw banana and yam and combine well.
- Add the ground coconut to this and combine well. Cook this over low flame till thick. Remove from flame.
- Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
- Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
- Dried red chili – 2
- Curry leaves – 10 – 12 leaves
- Coconut (grated) – ¼ cup
- Oil (preferably coconut oil) – 3 tbsp
- Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add dried red chili and curry leaves and saute for few seconds. Add grated coconut to this, saute for 2 minutes and remove from flame. Add this to the prepared kootu curry and combine well. Serve hot.
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