Kootu recipes for everyday and beyond
What is Kootu?
In the South Indian world of food, Kootu refers to a creamy lentils and vegetable medley that usually has a freshly ground spice paste added for flavor. When it comes to making this staple recipe, the sky is the limit in terms of combinations.
You will find a few variations to this recipe over here. Feel free to use your veggies and lentils of choice. Here is a handy guide for experimenting with different dals and veggies when making this recipe.
Vegetables and Paruppu for Kootu
|Leafy greens, Zucchini, Bok Choy, Turnip||Moong Dal|
|Snake gourd, Chayote Squash, Butternut squash||Chana Dal ( Split chickpea lentils)|
|Carrots, beans, beets||A mix of Chana Dal and Moong Dal|
|Potatoes, Sweet Potato and Yam||Skip lentils but use legumes like chickpeas or black eyed beans|
There is a version of Kootu in every South Indian state. While we make a version that is very similar to Keerai Kootu, Kerala cuisine features recipes like Erisseri which is a medley of veggies, legumes and coconut.
I just have to admit that Kootu is not just a wholesome dish on its own but wins on several levels because of the fact that it is easy, is great in terms of meal prep and naturally vegan.