Photo Courtesy: Aarthi (my sister)
Jeera kootu variety is kinda more subtle in flavour when compared to molagu kootu..
The veggies you can use are cabbage, spinach, any kind of greens( mala keerai, venthiya keerai etc), Chow-chow/Bengaloru kathrika (chayotes), beetroot, mixed veggies....
Ingredients for the masala:
3 tsp grated coconut
1/4 sp jeera
3-4 red chillies
Grind together to a paste. (Note: Don't fry)
For the kootu:
3 cups veggies
1/2 cup moong dal
salt, hing 3- 4 dashes, turmeric 1/4 sp
1 sp oil, mustard seeds 1sp, urad dal 1 sp.
Cook the veggies in a pan with water. Add enough salt. Pressure cook moong dal. Add dal to the veggies. Continue boiling.
Add hing, turmeric. Add the masala. Boil for 3 min. Add more water if required. Garnish with fried mustard seeds and urad dal.