Saturday, December 7, 2013

Seemebadnekayi Kootu/ Chayote Kootu

I really like vegetable and dal combo in a kootu. Especially when the dal is not all the way cooked. And especially-especially when the vegetable is something which I like, like Seemebadnekayi(Chayote). I like the mild sour taste of Chayote.. It goes well in saagu, bisi bele bath - basically any mixed vegetable dish, or in any dish that requires a mild sour taste without the use of any lemon/tamarind - like kootus and majjige hulis.

Turn the spice up a notch and enjoy this kootu with some hot rice and some coconut oil/ghee in this cold weather.

It’s a great side dish for chapathi as well.


Chayote - 1
Channa dal - 2 tblsp

to grind

Coconut - 3 tblsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Green chillies - 2 (for a milder version)

for the tadka

Coconut oil(or regular oil)
Mustard seeds


Soak channa dal for 10 min.
Cube Seemebadnekayi into small pieces.
Pressure cook channa dal, seemebadnekayi(chayote), salt and hing for 1 whistle. Don't add any water while pressure cooking so that dal-veg holds its shape. 

Grind ‘to grind’ ingredients.

In a pot, make tadka. Add cooked vegetable-dal combo. Add ground masala. Boil for 2 minutes. Garnish with some cilantro.

Enjoy with some hot rice or chapathi. 

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