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January 9, 2014


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mixed vegetable-kootu
Mixed vegetable kootu is very similar to Avial and pongal kootu. Its a South Indian style side dish for rice. Usually my mom makes avial(her signature recipe) for sambar sadam. After marriage, I started loving my mil’s mixed veg kootu which she makes for vatha kuzhambu. Both are very similar in procedure with minor differences. Sometimes we mix this kootu with plain rice topped with few drops of ghee. It tastes delicious. We usually make this vegetable kootu for guests and occasions like pongal, thiruvathirai etc.

Check out my thiruvathirai vegetable kootu here. It is also known as thalagam. 

mixed-veg kootu

Mixed vegetable kootu recipe

Mixed vegetable kootu recipe -yummy rice accompaniment
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Kootu recipe
Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 40 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
To pressure cook
  • **Mixed vegetables - 2.5 cups (refer notes)
  • Moong dal - 2 tbsp
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
  • Green chillies - 3-4 nos
  • Small onions - 3 nos (skip onions if making for occasions)
  • Jeera - 1/2 tsp
To temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Wash and chop all the vegetables of uniform size. In a pressure cooker base add the moong dal, chopped vegetables, finely chopped tomato ,salt and water. Add the required water, a pinch of sugar and pressure cook in high flame for one or two whistles.
  • In the mean time grind all the ingredients given under”to grind” to a smooth paste adding water. First grind the coconut, chillies. Lastly add the small onions, rice flour and jeera. Run it twice. Skip onion if making for festivals.
mixed veg kootu step by step picture
  • After the steam is released, mix the vegetables and add the ground paste. Add little water based on the consistency you need.
  • Allow it to boil for few minutes till the raw smell emanates.
  • Lastly temper all the ingredients given under “to temper” in coconut oil. This is the highlight of this recipe. So do not skip this step. Mix well. Serve with rice.
mixed veg kootu step by step picture 1
  • **Use any vegetable like carrot, potato ,beans, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, yam, sweet potato, raw banana, colocasia, field beans etc. For the above recipe  I used 2 small carrots, 8-10 beans, 1/2 raw banana, 2 small potatoes, 5-7 broad beans.
  • Omit small onions if you make it for occasions. Still it tastes great.
  • For variations, you can omit tomato and add few pieces of raw mango or a tbsp of curd at the end like we make for avial. Sometimes we make this way too.
  • U can also add little milk at the end to adjust the thickness.
  • Do not forget to use coconut oil for tempering. It adds a nice flavor.

Enjoy with sambar or vathakuzhambu rice.Tastes yum !

mixed veg kootu

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great-secret-of-life said...

colorful kootu

divyagcp said...

Healthy and comforting kootu.. Delicious too!

Rafeeda AR said...

delicious looking koottu...

Laxmipriya said...

have never tried mixed vegetables in kootu.. healthy and comfort food.. :)

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Very delicious and wholesome kootu

Unknown said...

i too do this same way.. except minus onion . Good explanation..

Priya Anandakumar said...

lovely sis, very delicious and comforting kootu...

cookingwithsapana said...

Mix veg curry looks yummy !

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Looks so tempting.. Love to have it.

Sangeetha M said...

Easy & healthy kootu...looks colorful and delicious..will try it for sure :)

jaya's recipes said...

Yummy kootu!i love kootu I add some lemon juice at the end!

Hema said...

Healthy and delicious kootu, yumm..

Shanthi said...

colorful kootu...awesome...

Rajani said...

This kootu looks so tasty, rich and healthy. A great coincidence, I have a kootu recipe in my blog too, do let me know if you like that too.

Unknown said...

so authentic and so homely!!

Shobha Kamath said...

Very colourful and tempting.

Harini said...

Lovely vibrat kootu,love the snaps

Torviewtoronto said...

looks wonderful

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra, I hv tried this kootu for ponggal & its very tasty. I forgot to snap it. My vegetables very soft. Is that is right?

Chitra said...

Hi , thanks for trying and the feedback.Did u pressure cook the veggies in low flame?if so,it will be very soft n mushy.Cook in high flame for one or two whistles.Add less water.U will get it right.But no worries, kootu is meant to be very soft and what u did is also ok:)

kala said...

Makes me hungryyyyyyyyyy

Unknown said...

Yes. U are right. I will try again. Thanks