Kootu kari or Koottu Kari is a traditional preparation of Kerala and one of the important dishes made for Onam Sadya/ Sadhya. It is a dry preparation made with vegetables like yam, pumpkin, ashgourd, raw banana, carrots with the addition of black chickpeas (kala chana) or chana dal. Lot of coconut is added to this which makes it extra special and specially the roasted coconut added in the end gives it an amazing flavour and crispiness.
I have used yam in this preparation as it is one of the secret ingredient given by my partner Kalyani Sri of Sizzling Tastebuds. Do visit her space for delicious recipes.
In our group, "Shhhhhh Cooking Secretly" where we are paired with a co-blogger and 2 secret ingredients are chosen by her. We have to prepare the dish with them. The other ingredient is green chillies. The theme for this month is Kerala Cuisine.
Here goes the recipe.
Yam ..... 2 cups (cut into small cubes)
Coconut .... 2 cups (grated)
Black chickpeas .. 1 cup (boiled)
Green chillies .. 3-4 or as per your liking.
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds ... 1 tsp
Mustard seeds .. 1 tsp
Curry leaves .. 1 sprig
Black pepper corns .. 1 tsp
Ginger .......... 1" piece
Salt ............ to taste
Coconut oil or vegetable oil ... 1 tbsp
Boil the yam cubes adding a little salt and turmeric.
Grind together 1 cup coconut, cumin seeds , pepper corns and ginger to a coarse paste.
In a pan dry roast the remaining 1 cup coconut until it gets crispy and golden brown.
Now add the curry leaves and slit green chillies and stir fry a little.
Remove the roasted coconut into a bowl.
Heat oil in a pan and add the ground coconut paste. Saute a little.
Add the boiled yam pieces, kala chana and mix well.
Finally add the crispy roasted coconut leaving a little for garnishing.
Serve with plain rice, dal and any vegetable curry.