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.
Sounds delicious. I have yam with me right now and was wondering what to make.ReplyDelete
Wow.. then make this one with dal chawal.Delete
Koottu curry is one of my favorites on a sadya. I always ask for seconds for this! Yours looks truly delicious...ReplyDelete
Thanks Rafeeda dear.Delete
I love the sound of Yam and chickpea curry - not too complicated using everyday ingredients. Yours looks amazing as usual and I like the way you have served it as part of an Indian meal.ReplyDelete
Thanks for appreciative words Mina. Glad you liked it.Delete
Yam and Kala chana make a wonderful combination. In Tamil Nadu a similar kootu with dal is made out of these 2 key ingredients but nothing matches the Kerala cuisine taste with the grated and roasted coconut on top and drizzling of coconut oil. Always a hit and a small portion is enough to keep you full.ReplyDelete
True Vidya.. I love eating this as a snack too.Delete
This looks so lovely, Shobha ji! Very tempting! Beautifully presented. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Priya :)Delete
Sounds so delicious !! Love the combination of yam, kala chana and coconut. Soon will try this. Thanks for sharing☺ReplyDelete
Thanks.. the combo does taste yummy all mixed together.Delete
Love coconut based dishes, this one sound yum, so much flavours running around in the recipe surely it would taste yum.ReplyDelete
Yes Soma.. very tasty..Delete
Lovely combination...Simple recipe with regular ingredients but so yummy...Loving it to the core!!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Padma.Delete
Sounds so yumm. Loved the combination of ingredients in one dish. Deliciously made perfect meal idea.ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot Jolly.Delete
Kootu Kari looks delicious and tempting. Thanks for the recipe.ReplyDelete
Thank you Pavani.Delete
This is a new recipe for me to try and it looks so yum!ReplyDelete
It can be made without oil as well Anshika.. very healthy .Delete
Kootu Kari sounds delicious. I love Yam fries. The combination of yam, coconut and chana looks good. Authentic Kerala recipes always rock. This kootu itself is a perfect meal. Great share!ReplyDelete
Right you are.. I eat it like a snack also.Delete
Kootu curry looks tasty, yam and black chana is a nice combination.ReplyDelete
This looks so tasty and yum and a a good way to include both in a recipe.ReplyDelete
Yes.. a perfect and healthy combo Renu.Delete
Never tried this curry but with coconut flavors i guess it must be delicious.ReplyDelete
Must try Poonam.Delete
We don't use yam much in our cooking so I know only few recipes including yam. Sometimes I want to buy yam but can't decide what to make with it. Bookmarking it for those days :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Ritu.. You will love this preparation.Delete
Wow..never seen or heard about this dish, sounds so delicious. Have you used Suran? Do let me know.ReplyDelete
Yes, It is suran Jagruti.Delete
So lovely this is looking !!!! Never tried beforehand , bookmarking to try :)ReplyDelete
Thank you :)Delete
Simple and amazing flavours. Love kerala cuisine and their sadya recipes are awesome.ReplyDelete
Same here.. I love them too.Delete
Wow I bet this would make a great side dish at any buffet and party!ReplyDelete
Yes Heidi.. you can also pair it with grilled meats on the side.Delete
What a flavoursome dish, I have never tried this type of dish but I am going to try it from this recipe for sure.ReplyDelete
Nayna, you will love it as it is a healthy dish and can be made without oil too.Delete
sounds delicious, yam and coconut..wonderful combinationReplyDelete
Yes Priya.. loved it too.Delete
Kootu curry is one of my favorite kerala dishes and your dish looks so tasty and flavorful.ReplyDelete
Thanks Anu Kollon..:)Delete
Cant resist to this delicious and inviting kootu kari, that with those coconut, omg,completely droolworthy. Mouthwatering already.ReplyDelete
Thanks priya.. specially the roasted coconut on top adds to the taste.Delete
Never tasted koottu curry. This sounds flavourful and mouthwatering. Drool worthy share.ReplyDelete
Thank you Sujata.Delete
Shobha, this kootu kari sure looks so delicious. I would have never thought of combining yam and chickpeas to make a delicious sabji. Wonderful share for the theme. Coconut plays such an important part in the cuisine of Kerala.ReplyDelete
Yes Mayuri, almost all the Kerala dishes have coconut or coconut milk in them. Very healthy. Thanks for liking the recipe.Delete
you have a mini kerala thali right there! so glad you liked both the ingredients, and that curry must hev been lipsmackign..ReplyDelete
Thanks Kalyani, I love eating on banana leaf.. since I made kootu kari I thought might as well make few other dishes.Delete
Shobhaji, you brought back one of those childhood recipes which reminded me of my neighbour. She used to always make it the way you have described and we used to get bowlfuls with a little slice of brine pickled mango ...just as a mid morning snack as she cooks. Missing those days.ReplyDelete
Sweet memories from childhood are always cherishable.Delete
Im trying to imagine the flavours and textures of this kootu kari - with the cooked yam and black chickpeas, the coconut paste, all topped by the roasted coconut! I haven't had this one before and I hope to try it soon. It does sound delicious!ReplyDelete
It really is very unique and delicious Sujata.Delete