May 24, 2010

Yellow Pumpkin Kootu

Totally exhausted after attending 4 parties in 3 days.For the past 1 month I had spent most of my free time googling about party themes, cakes etc., and I'm extremely relieved that the parties turned out great. Though I did some cooking this weekend nothing was special so I'm posting one of my favorite kootu recipe from the drafts.

Earlier I never liked this veggie. I would ask my Mom to make something else for me if she was planning to cook yellow pumpkin.After coming here, MK prepared this kootu once and as I do not have the luxury of being choosy.. hmmmm If I say no then I need to cook something for myself :-) and moreover I'm a person who cannot survive without side dish for rice ..So I ate it. I must admit it was extremely good.

This kootu goes well with Sambar and Rasam rice. Yellow pumpkin is at its best when it is cooked the same day it is bought. This kootu makes its way to Suma's Delicious Dals of India event


Yellow Pumpkin - 1/2 lb
Channa Dal - 1 cup
Onion - 1 no
Tomato - 1 no
Garlic Cloves - 4 no
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves
Coriander Leaves
Salt for taste
Oil - 2 tsp

  • Wash, peel and dice the yellow pumpkin to medium size pieces.
  • Pressure cook the channa dal for 1 whistle.It should not be overcooked.
  • Heat oil, add mustard in medium flame.
  • Add onion, crushed garlic and curry leaves and saute until onion turns translucent.
  • Next add tomato and until it turns mushy.
  • Then add turmeric powder, chilly powder, salt, sprinkle some water and cook in medium flame.
  • Add the vegetable, 1 cup water and cook until the vegetable is 1/2 cooked.
  • At this stage add the cooked dal.Add extra water if required for maintaining kootu consistency.
  • Once the vegetable is fully cooked add grated coconut and mix well. The mixture needs to semiliquid-ish.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with any rice item.



looks absolutely mouthwatering..yummy yumm

wow..looks very inviting shabitha..yummy yumm..

Kairali sisters

Looks gud ya...never tried pumpking this way...

Delicious and tempting kootu..

Kootu looks delicious dear, sounds great with yellow pumpkin.

pumpkin and dal sound good. delicious kootu.good pic too sabitha..

Thanks for the great entry Shabitha.
BTW, is this served with sambhar rice or rasam rice? I thought kootu was served alone with rice.

wow..very intresting and tempting to me ! got to try

Hey thats really mouth watering one...loved the colour...delicious kootu...

simple n mouth watering curry.Like it....
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