Kodava Kootu Curry Recipe - Coorg Style Mixed Vegetable Stew
A delicious mixed vegetable curry that is made in a one pot and packed with flavours. The masala is made fresh by roasting them on the pan and grinding it into a smooth paste. The curry is made mainly during the festive season along with Thalia Puttu or Dosa and finished it off with a nice dessert.
Kodava Kootu Curry Recipe - Mixed Vegetable Stew is similar to the vegetable stew that we often make in South India except for the difference in flavour. This recipe is taken from the kodava community which is a part of the coorg district in Karnataka.
When the monsoon season begins, people begin to celebrate the festival of "Kaveri Shankramana" which is the rebirth of River Kaveri. This is a major festival celebrated by the kodavas with a lavish vegetarian feast in which Kootu curry stands out as one of their main dish.
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- 3 Carrots (Gajjar) , peeled and cut into big chunks
- 250 grams Green beans (French Beans) , chopped to 1/2 an inch pieces
- 1 Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) , cut into big chunks
- 2 Tomatoes , chopped
- 1/4 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal) , toor dal
- Salt , to taste
- Ghee , for cooking For The Masala
- 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
- 2 teaspoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
- 1-1/2 teaspoons White Urad Dal (Split)
- 2 teaspoon Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
- 4 Dry Red Chillies
- 1 teaspoon Rice
- 1/4 cup Fresh coconut , grated
- 10 grams Tamarind
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1 tablespoon Ghee For Tempering
- 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
- 1 sprig Curry leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
- 4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Ghee
How to make Kodava Kootu Curry Recipe - Coorg Style Mixed Vegetable Stew
To begin making the Kodava Kootu Curry Recipe - Mixed Vegetable Stew, chop all the vegetables and keep it ready.
Heat a flat skillet on medium heat, drizzle some ghee add in mustard seeds an cumin seeds and allow it to crackle for few seconds.
Add coriander seeds, chana dal, urad dal, uncooked rice, dry red chillies and saute for few minutes till they are lightly roasted.
Add in grated coconut and turmeric powder and saute till the coconut have lightly roasted.Once done, cool them down and add all the ingredients into a mixer along with tamarind and little bit of water and grind it into a smooth paste.
Pressure cook the vegetables along with a little salt and 1/4 cup of water for 2 whistles and turn off the heat.
To make the Kootu Curry, keep a pressure cooker on over a medium heat. Drizzle some oil add chopped tomatoes and saute till they turn slightly mushy.
Add in the ground coconut paste, keep stirring for couple of minutes, add the washed toor dal along with 1-1/2 cups of water, salt to taste and pressure cook the dal for 4 to 5 whistles and turn off the heat.
Allow the pressure to release naturally and stir in the cooked vegetables and give the kootu curry one last mix. Check the salt and adjust to taste accordingly. Once done, transfer the Kootu curry to a serving bowl.
To make the tempering, heat a tadka pan on medium heat, drizzle ghee, add in mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Add curry leaves and leave it to splutter and add garlic and pinch of hing, saute till they soften.
Once done pour this tempered ingredients over the Kodava Kootu curry and serve hot.