Puli Kootu variety

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Pumpkin (Pushnikkai) Puli kootu

Mixed veggie Puli Kootu

Photo Courtesy: Aarthi (my sister)

Puli kootu is generally made with a vegetable and a legume/pulse. Some of the most popular combinations are

1. White pumpkin and channa(chickpea)/Mochakotta(avarakalu)/ black channa
2. Mixed veggies (carrot, beans, red and white pumpkins, chow-chow, raw banana etc)
3. Brinjal and channa/ Bitter Gourd (also called pitlai)
4. Green tomatoes palin or with any pulse

Brinjal Pitlai

Photo Courtesy: Priya (my friend)

As the name itself suggests, this is the only kootu variety with tamarind. Also the recipe is a lot like making arachu vitta sambhar. However, the used here is less and the veggies make up most of the volume.


2 1/2-3 cups chopped veggies (please cut long or into chunks)
1/4 cup toor dal
Turmeric 1/4 sp, Hing - 4 dashes
1/2 -3/4 cup of desired pulse (soaked overnight)
extract of 1 lemon sized tamarind
oil 1sp
salt to taste
mustard seeds 1 sp

For the podi/ paste:

Coriander seeds/dhaniya
3tsp Channa dal
1.5 tspUrad dal
Dried red chillies-4 to 5 (depending on taste)
Vendhayam/Methi - 4-5 seeds
3 tsp grated coconut
Oil-5 tsp

Fry the above ingredients in a little oil and make a paste with water in a mixie.

Cook the veggies with salt. Pressure cook dal and the pulses separately. In a kadai, add oil, splutter mustard seeds, add tamarind extract. When it starts boiling, add the above paste. Add turmeric and hing, salt. Let it boil well. Add the veggies and pulse. Continue boililng. Fianlly add the cooked dal.

Puli kootu can be mixed with rice. Serve Puli kootu with coconut rice. Also Puli kootu is an excellent side dish for morkozhambu rice.


selvi subha said...

Ya superb yummy dish it really goes with all types of rice sambarrice, vathakuzmburice, and curdrice too.

selvi subha said...

Ya superb yummy dish . its really goes well with sambarrice, vathakuzlamburice and curdrice. Thanks for publishing this menu.

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