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
Coconut - 3 tblsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Green chillies - 2 (for a milder version)
for the tadka
Coconut oil(or regular oil)
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.