Kootu Curry

This kootu kari /curry is made with black chickpeas and vegetables. Yam/suran, unripe plantain are used as the vegetables, but i have made with just yam and black chickpeas. Coconut ground with other ingredients makes a good gravy and adds to the taste of this curry.


2 cups - Black chickpeas / Kadala / kala chana, cooked
1 cup - Yam / Suran, chopped
Salt to taste

Dry roast

1/2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder

Grind to paste

1 cup - Grated Coconut , dry roast to light brown colour
1/2 tsp - Cumin seeds / jeera
2 - Shallots / small onions


1 tsp - Mustard seeds
2 - Dry whole red chili
2 sprigs - Curry leaves


1 ) Cook suran in water with roasted red chili and turmeric powder.The vegetable should very well cooked. Add cooked kadala and salt to taste.

2 ) Add the ground coconut mixture, mix with the cooked vegetable and kadala. Add enough water for gravy and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

3 ) Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and pop it. Then add dry chili and curry leaves. Season the kootu curry with this.

Serve hot with rice. This will make a good addition to Onam sadhya.


Pecos Blue said…
Where can I get black chickpeas??? Can I use the normal ones? This sounds great and if I had a plantain I would try it now.

We are making Raj Ma beans and not sure what else next.

Also do you have any ideas on what Indian food to feed young kids.. I have tried dal and he does not seem to like it but he loves all other kinds of beans.

Thank you...I will link up soon.
Asha said…
Pravs,you really come out with some yummy authentic dishes which I love.Looks delicious.I will try ,love Kadala too!:))
Pravs said…
Hi pecos : Black chickpeas is available in Indian stores. Look out for the name kala chana.
You will have to soak this chickpeas in water overnight and then pressure cook or cook in enough water till the chickpea is soft.
Normal one..i hope you mean..garbanzo. Taste of garbanzo is a bit different from black chickpeas. I have not tried this recipe with garbanzo.
The yam i have used is indian yam. you can use mixed veggies like plaintain, carrot,potato...
Rajma is really a delicious and nutrious dish.
you could try kichidi for your young one. kichidi has rice, dal, vegetables all cooked together. Add some ghee /butter to it...my 2 year old likes it.
Do you cook indian dishes often ? I am so glad you are trying out my recipes :D

Hi Asha : Hey ..have you tried out any of my recipes? Traditional dishes are really yummy, inspite of it being all veggie :D
Pecos Blue said…
About twice a week. I am now just trying to vary up what I am making and I really like the flavors of Southern India..so different than what you would ever get in a resturant here. I will look for kala chana next time I am in Chicago.

Thank you.
Seema said…
Pravs, I am a first time visitor to your blog and I must admit you have wonderful mouth watering dishes which are all beautiful depicted with lovely photos. This combo of using khala channa along with yam is just awesome isn't it. Its been a long long time since i last made it. Thanx . I am blog rolling you so I don't miss out any of these authentic recipes from now on. Hope you don't mind.
Pravs said…
Hi Seema : welcome :D
yes just kala chana and suran is really delicious.
Please do bollroll me.. i don't mind a bit :D
Richa said…
hey, kala chana suran combo sounds yum! guess what i made kale chane + potato last friday! will mark this for next time, love the chane flavor :)
Sharmi said…
yummy looking koothu curry. very authentic and nice. will go great with dosas I suppose.
Pravs said…
Hi Richa : how was the kala chana, potato combo like ?

Hi Sharmi: No idea..how this curry will taste with dosa.But then kadala flavor might go with dosa..:)
Seena said…
Nalla curry prave,
I would make this for onasadya..love the way you describe and the pictures too..
Richa said…
it tastes yum, they go very well together, it was without coconut though! I guess might go well with coconut too, just have not tried!
you can follow my rase wale kale chane recipe if you like & just add boiled potato after onion+tomato saute!
do lemme' know if you try :)
Kribha said…
I made this too. Will be posting it soon. Your kadala curry looks so good.Thanks for sharing this.
Prema Sundar said…
my mom makes this without suran and she adds tamarind juice to it.looks lovely thanks for sharing.
Anonymous said…
hi.i am a new visitor to your blog.
i just went through your kerala vegetarian recpies and all i can say is-wow!double wow!
i have been always in the look out for the various kerala vegetarian curries, and here u have listed so many along with the photos!
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Pravs said…
Anonymous : Welcome ! Glad to know you find my blog useful. Hope to see some feedbacks, if you try the recipes :)
? said…
This looks delicious; though our Kadal koottu is different; it is drier and shallots are not used.
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