Sunday, March 17, 2013


This is a traditional koottu in Tamilnadu. In the month of January we can get fresh and young lima beans in the market. In my mother in law’s house, this lima beans is an important vegetable to add in the Pongal curry. These lima beans usually enhance the taste of the usual sambar varieties. They can be even added in non-veg curries.

பச்சை மொச்சைக்கொட்டை புடலங்காய் கூட்டு:
Lima beans- 100gms
Chopped snake gourd- 1 cup
Split green gram- ¼ cup
Chopped tomato- half cup
Chopped onion- ½
Turmeric powder- half sp
Chopped coriander- ¼ cup
Cumin seeds- ¼ sp
Chilli powder- ¼ sp
Salt to taste
Oil- 2 tbsp
Asafoetida- a small piece
Grind the following o a fine paste:
Shredded coconut- ¼ cup, cumin seeds- ¼ sp, peppercorn-1/4 tsp 
Heat a pan and pour the oil.
Add the cumin seeds and the asafoetida.
When the cummin seeds splutter add the onions.
Fry them well and then add the tomato with the turmeric powder and the coriander leaves.
Fry until the tomato is mashed well.
Add the vegetables with the salt as well as the chilli powder.
When the vegetables are almost cooked, add the ground paste with the coriander leaves and mix well.
After the vegetables are fully cooked in the coconut gravy, put off the fire.
The tasty kootu is ready now to serve!!