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January 4, 2023

Thirvathirai Kootu in Pressure cooker | Thiruvathirai 7 Kari Kootu | 7 Kai Kootu Recipe

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Thiruvathirai kootu

7 VEG KOOTU | EZHU KARI KOOTU is a must try recipe for Thiruvathirai and Pongal festivals in my home. This 7 kari kootu should be prepared with the local vegetables i.e Naatu kai kari in Tamil like Pumpkin, yam, broad beans, ash gourd, cluster beans, Field beans/ Mocha kottai, sweet potato, lady’s finger, raw banana etc.

I make this Thiruvathirai kootu directly in a pressure cooker to ease my job. I use two cookers on thiruvathirai day. One is to make this kootu and the other one is to make thiruvathirai kali. When they both get ready, I make sweet adai simultaneously. So my entire thiruvathirai day cooking gets over under 30 minutes.

Friends, do check out this easy Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu recipe in a pressure cooker and try it. I am sure even a beginner can make it quickly.

Check out Thiruvathirai kali recipe with video in THIS LINK. 

Also check out my Thiruvathirai thalagam recipe. 

Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu | Thiruvathirai 7 kai kootu

Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu | Thiruvathirai 7 kai kootu

Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu | Thiruvathirai 7 kai kootu with 7 varieties of mixed vegetables

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Side dish
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Vegetables (please refer notes) - 2 cups
  • Yellow moong dal - 2 tbsp
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Salt – to taste
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Green chilli – 2 (medium size)
  • Jeera/Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Rice flour Or corn flour - 1tsp
To temper
  • Mustard – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp


  1. Wash and chop all the vegetables into cubes. Set aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves.
  3. Add the chopped vegetables and mix well. Add salt, required water, chopped tomato, moong dal and mix well.
  4. Grind coconut, cumin seeds and green chilli to a smooth paste adding little rice flour.
  5. Add the coconut paste to the vegetables and mix well. Check for the consistency. Add more water if needed.
  6. Cover the lid and pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles. 
  7. Open the cooker and boil the excess water if needed. Check the consistency and serve with Thiruvathirai kali and adai.


  • Cut all the vegetables and tomato in cubes.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves. Add the chopped vegetables, tomato and saute for a minute. Add dal, required salt and water. (Vegetables shouldn’t be mashed or overcooked). Thiruvathirai kootu

  • Grind the coconut with green chillI and a tsp of rice flour to make a paste by adding water. Add jeera at the end and run once.
  • Add the ground mixture to the cooked veggies by keeping on the flame. Pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles. It will be perfectly cooked. Else keep in low flame for just one whistle.
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Boil well for few minutes till it thickens OR Adjust the consistency by adding water if required if the kootu is too thick.

    Thiruvathirai kootu


    Delicious, healthy veg. kootu is ready!! Enjoy with kali or plain rice !



For the above recipe, I used 1/2 raw banana, 2 small colocasia, 1/4 piece of yam, 10 broad beans, 1/2 cup of cubed ash gourd and 1/2 sweet potato small sized, handful of mochai kottai.

U can also use other country vegetables like cluster beans, bittergourd, ladies finger, pumpkin etc to replace the above said vegetables.

Last but not the least here is our pooja room picture..

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