July 9, 2011

Arichivitta Kootu ~ Veggies in spiced lentil gravy


Kootu (Tamil = coming together) is a Tamilnadu dish with main ingredients being vegetables and dal (lentils) and therefore rich in proteins and vitamins. Of course, there is the faux pas of even Thovve (just dal + vegtables) being called Kootu. As S says, if its not sambhar or rasam, it has to be Kootu. Earlier on, I used to address to correct this issue, but now let it pass - after all, what is palatable is what counts, nomenclature be shifted to the back burner.


Today's dish, Arichivitta Kottu is a staple dish that goes well with Rice or chapatis alike. Any vegetable can be added to this (barring of course, Lady's finger /brinjal etc), this medley of vegetables can be had in the Kurma form (with onions / garlic / ginger) or today's dish with more saatvic ingredients of black pepper, Urad dal and cumin freshly ground.

Over to today's dish:

Prep time : 10 mins. Cooking time : 20 mins. Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • Veggies - Carrots / Cauliflower/French beans  - finely chopped - 2 cups
  • Moong Dal / Toor Dal - 1 handful (1/2 cup)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
For tempering :
  • Oil - 1 tsp, Mustard seeds-  1 Tsp, Curry leaves - few, Peanuts (handful)- Optional
Spicy Masala (for grinding):
  • Urad dal / Split black gram - 1 TBSP
  • Jeera / Cumin - 1/2 TBSP
  • Black Pepper - 1/4 TBSP
  • Dhania / Dry coriander seeds - 1/4 TBSp (opt)
  • Red chillies - 2 or 3
  • Hing / Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
  • Freshly Grated coconut - 2 TBSP
Method:

1) Wash and par boil all veggies in a pan of water with a pinch of salt till 3/4 cooked but not mushy.
2) Pressure cook the dal with little water and a pinch of turmeric till done. Cool
3) In a pan, add 1 tsp of oil and gently fry all ingredients of masala (excluding coconut) one by one till Urad dal is browned and other ingredients leave out a gentle nice aroma. Grind with coconut to a smooth paste.
4) In a deep bottomed pan, prepare the tempering. Add the boiled dal, ground spice mixture, salt, and the veggies and let it simmer covered on a gentle boil for 3 - 6 mins.
5) Uncover, transfer to dish and serve hot with Rice or Rotis. Tastes yum even with curd rice !:)

Tips:
1) You may add any medley of vegetables to this curry. I have even added a handful of boiled jackfruit seeds and 1 chopped potato to enhance the taste.


2 comments:

  1. Yeh its flavourful and delicious

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  2. loved ur recipe kalyani and nice looking dish and yes like you say rose by any other name is a rose !

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