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June 21, 2013


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This is one of the best accompaniments for puli kulambu/Vathakuzhambu/kara kuzambu.My mom makes either this kootu or chow chow kootu most of the time.I have used finely chopped ginger pieces to supress the cabbage smell. Addition of coconut oil gives a nice flavour to this kootu.Even people who hate cabbage loves this kootu recipe.My mil also makes the same way but the only difference is mom adds milk before serving..Try this simple kootu recipe.U’ll love it for sure..
Do check out my easy cabbage stir fry recipe – Bachelor’s recipe if interested !
cabbage - kootu
  • Grated cabbage – 2 cups
  • Moong dal – 3 tbsp
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1/2 inch piece ( optional)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Salt & water – As needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 3-4 tbsp
  • Green chilli – 2 nos
  • Small onion – 2 nos
  • Jeera – 1/4 tsp
  • Rice flour – 1 tsp
To temper
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
Milk – 3 tbsp ( adjust)
  • In a cooker base take the grated cabbage , moong dal , ginger bits, salt and water.Pressure cook for 2 whistles. Remove the lid and mash well.Set aside.
  • Grind all the ingredients given under ”to grind” to make a paste.First grind coconut & green chillies coarsely. Then add the jeera , rice flour and small onions. Run the mixie twice or thrice to make a paste.Set aside.
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  • Add the ground paste to the cooked cabbage and boil for few minutes. Temper all the above said ingredients using coconut oil and mix well.Switch off the flame.
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  • Remove & let it cool down. Add milk when the kootu becomes warm. Mix well and serve with rice & kulambu..


  1. This looks so nice and yummy. Totally tempting :)

  2. simple n delicious kootu,nice comforting lunch

  3. i never knew about adding coconut...loved it

  4. it looks wonderful ,perfect with hot rice.never tried adding milk will try.

  5. looks so delicious and tempting.

  6. love kootu, ur version sounds interesting...inviting pics Chithra!

  7. Yummy delicious kootu.. Best with sambar sadam :)

  8. Hi chitra,

    I pop up here to say, Kootu has lovely colour.

  9. Is it a must to add milk? Please suggest what difference will it make if I avoid.

  10. Not much gives a mild sweetish taste n richness.u can also skip it.But use coconut oil to get a nice flavor :)

  11. I tried cabbage kootu wid poondu kulambu....came out vry well...i got appreciation from my hubby....really u are an awesome cook chitra.....thnk uuuuuu soooooo muuuuuccchhh dear..

    1. Thank u so much Sudha.Ur feedback made my day great :)


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