Kootu is a Tamil word means "add" i.e. vegetable added with lentils which form the dish, made of vegetable and lentils and are semi-solid in consistency. Usually a combination of vegetables with lentils and a coconut paste, it forms a part of everyday cooking.
This pumpkin kootu is made without lentils but with a generous amount of ground coconut. The natural sweetness of the vegetables is countered with the sharpness of green chillies.
Makes a wholesome meal with steamed rice or millets.
Pumpkin: 2 cups(cut into cubes)
Coconut : ¾ cup(grated)
Green chilli: 2 nos
Cumin seeds: ½ Tsp
Curry leaves : 1 sprig
Mustard seeds: ½ Tsp
Turmeric; ¼ Tsp
Cold pressed coconut oil: 1 Tsp (optional)
Rock salt: to taste
Steam pumpkin and cook until soft.
Grind coconut, cumin, green chili with water to get a smooth paste.
Heat a pan add mustard seeds, once the seeds sputter, add curry leaves, cooked pumpkin, turmeric powder, salt and 1/4 cup of water.
Once it simmers, add the ground paste and mix well.
Turn off the gas and allow to rest for a few minutes.
Serve hot drizzled with cold pressed coconut oil. (optional)
· You can make the tempering with oil.
· Reduce or increase the chilli according to your taste.
Food group: vegetables and nut.
Vegetables are full of digestive enzymes and hence a must add to your daily intake
Coconut gives the gravy a rich creamy texture without the need to add oil, dairy or unhealthy fats.
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