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Mixed Vegetable Kootu

Mixed vegetable kootu is a lentil based curry that is served with hot steamed rice.

Course lunch ideas
Cuisine Indian, karnataka
Keyword karnataka dishes, mixed vegetable kootu, south indian cooking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Jayashree


  • 1 cup tur dal
  • 1/2 cup beans stringed
  • 1/4 cup carrot chunks
  • 1/2 cup cucumber chunks
  • 1/2 cup ash gourd pieces
  • 1/2 cup green pea
  • 1/2 cup potato

For the spice mix:

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon bengal gram
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon methi
  • 4 red chilly
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon oil

For the seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • a few curry leaves

Other ingredient

  • lemon sized ball tamarind


  1. Soak the tur dal in water for half an hour along with peanut.

  2. String the beans and cut the veggies into chunks. 

  3. Take a small pan. Add oil and roast the ingredients for the spice mix. 

  4. When cool, grind them to a powder.

  5. Add a little turmeric powder to the tur dal and cook it in the pressure cooker for three whistles. 

  6. Let the pressure release by itself, in the mean while, heat oil in a pan and make the seasoning. Add mustard seeds, as it splutters, put asafoetida and turmeric powder. Add the curry leaves and the stringed beans, let cook for sometime. 

  7. After a few seconds, put the carrot. Add pumpkin and cucumber, let cook. Finally, add the potato and green peas along with the curry leaves. Once the veggies are cooked, put the cooked dal into it.

  8. Add salt and let cook for sometime.

  9. Extract the tamarind pulp. 

  10. Put the pulp and the spice mix to it. Let the flavours imbibe. Adjust the consistency, if it is thick add some water. 

  11. Serve kootu with hot steamed rice.

Recipe Notes

  • Any other veggies can be used.
  • The consistency of kootu is moderately thick. 
  • This is a no onion garlic recipe, thus ideal for any festival.
  • Fresh coocnut may be used. If using fresh coconut, roast the other ingredients and then grind with coconut to a paste.