Monday, June 27, 2016

Chow Chow Kootu | சௌ சௌ கூட்டு | Chayote Kootu

Ingredients :-
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 Chow chow    1  
 Moong dal ¼ cup
 Sambar powder    1 tsp
 Turmeric powder    ¼ tsp
 Red Chillies      2
 Curry leaves   few 
 Cumin    ½ tsp
 Garlic (minced) 2 pods
 Mustard  1 tsp  
 Castor Oil    1 tsp
 Salt to taste

To Grind :-
 Roasted gram (Pottu Kadalai)    1 tbsp  
 Grated Coconut    ¼ cup  
 Cumin    ½ tsp 

Method:-
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1). Peel the skin and divide into two halves. Remove the seed and dice them. Keep aside. 
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2). Pressure cook chow chow, turmeric powder, sambar powder, moong dal, castor oil and water* for a whistle. Switch off. 
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3). Grind the items listed under "to grind" section and keep aside. When pressure releases, open the lid and mash everything using a masher. Pour the grounded paste to the cooked dal and bring it to a boil. 
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4). Mean while, heat oil in a tempering pan, add mustard, cumin and let it splutter. Then add garlic, curry leaves and broken red chillies, saute till the raw smell goes from garlic. Top this seasoning on top of dal and switch off. 
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Combine and serve with any poriyal. I served it with steamed rice and Pavakkai Poriyal. The bitterness in pavakkai complemented kootu.

Notes :-
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# Do not add more water for pressure cooking. Just add enough water for veggie and dal to get immersed. 
# Do not leave it for more whistles as the veggie gets cooked faster.
# You can also soak dal in advance so that it gets cooked easily. 
  

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