Friday, April 15, 2011

Vishu and a Koottu Curry

The Malayalam new year, Vishu is celebrated on the first day of medam masam (Malayalam month ) It generally falls on 14th or 15th of April. This year it's on April 15th. Very early in the morning, i woke to light the lamp and then woke rest of the family to see the auspicious Vishukkani.
Later in the day starts preparation for a small sadhya. This koottu curry is a combination of vegetables and chana dal, that when seasoned is delicious and will be a good add to the sadhya dishes.


1 cup - Chana dal
1 and 1/4 cup - Chena /suran/yam, cut to small cubes.
1 and 1/4 cup - White pumpkin, cut to small cubes
1 and 1/4 cup - Red pumpkin, cut to small cubes
1 - Raw banana, cut to small cubes
Salt to taste

To roast and grind

1 tbsp - Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
8 - Whole dry red chili
3 - Pepper corn
1 tsp - Urad dal


1 tsp - Mustard seeds
2 to 4 - Dry red chili, broken into two
8 - Shallots, sliced
3 sprigs - Curry leaves
1/2 cup - Freshly grated coconut
Coconut oil


1 ) Soak chana dal for 2 hours in enough water. Transfer the dal to a pressure cooker, add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 5 minutes. Now turn off the stove and cool. Then open the cooker and add the vegetables. Add salt to taste and again pressure cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the stove and cool.

2 ) Meanwhile, roast the ingredients listed to roast in little coconut oil. Then powder and grind to a smooth paste with little water.

3 ) Add this masala paste to the cooked dal and veggies. Simmer and bring to a boil. Adjust salt to taste.

4 ) Now heat a pan with coconut oil to season. Add mustard seeds and let it pop. Then add dry red chili and fry it for a second then add onion and curry leaves. Let the onion light brown in color. Then add the grated coconut and fry the coconut to a light brown color. Add more coconut oil, if necessary. Pour this seasoning on top of the cooked dal and veggies and mix in. Close with a lid immediately to capture the aroma inside the pan.

Serve as a side dish with rice. Wishing every one a Happy Vishu !

Check out the malabar style koottu curry preparation here


Prathima Rao said...

Happy vishu to u too!!! This dish is perfect for the occasion!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Nitha said...

I prepare in a different way.. But this also looks and sounds interesting.. Should give a try..

JishasKitchen said...

Happy Vishu!! This is my all time fav dish....adipoli ayittundu...:)

Kairali sisters said...

Hi Pravs,

Hope you had a great VISHU. Kootu curry is my fav in sadhya and this looks great, my version is different, shall try this soon ketto :)

Gulmohar said...

An inevitable part of a sadya,alle? I love it too..Hope you had a great Vishu :-)

lissie said...

Nice clicks! loved your version of kooti curry...

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