Kootu is a Tamil dish, made of vegetable and lentils and are semi-solid in consistency, i.e., less aqueous than sambhar, but more so than dry curries. Rice and kootu is a common and simple Tamil meal. In Tamil cuisine kootus are considered substitutes for both curries and sambhar.

3 Vegetables Kootu
Bottle Gourd, Kootu, Pumpkin

Mukkootu Masiyal (3 Vegetables Kootu)

This is a delicious and simple South Indian kootu made with 3 different vegetables – Yellow Pumpkin, White Pumpkin and Bottle Gourd. Typically kootu is made using only one vegetable. Serve this with hot rice and a side dish of choice. Ingredients: Yellow Pumpkin (Parangikai) – 1/2 cup White Pumpkin […]

Yellow Pumpkin Kootu (Parangikai Kootu)
Kootu, Pumpkin

Yellow Pumpkin Kootu (Parangikai Kootu)

A delicious and simple South Indian kootu with yellow pumpkin. Serve with hot rice. Ingredients: Yellow Pumpkin – 2 cups, chopped Salt as per taste Turmeric Powder – a pinch Curd – 1/2 cup, thick For the masala: Coconut – 1/2 cup, grated Dry Red Chilli – 1 Green Chillies […]

Chow Chow Pepper Kootu
Chow Chow (Chayote Squash), Kootu

Chow Chow Pepper Kootu

Chow Chow or Chayote is a popular South Indian vegetable mainly used to make Kootus. This variation includes onions and tomatoes. And is best served with rice or as a side dish to dosa or roti. Ingredients: Chow Chow (Chayote) – 2 Onions – 2, finely chopped Tomatoes – 2, […]

Kootu, Potato

Potato Mor Kootu

A simple and easy to make kootu with potatoes and curd. Ingredients: Potatoes – 100 gms Coconut – 1/4 Green Chilli – 1 Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp Asafoetida Powder – 1/4 tsp Peppercorns – 1/4 tsp Plain Curd – 1/4 cup Ginger – a small piece Coriander Leaves – […]

Mullangi (White Radish) Kootu
Kootu, Radish

Mullangi Kootu

Kootus are an integral part of South Indian cuisine, especially Tamil cuisine. Often made as a substitute to sambar varieties, kootus are made using a variety of vegetables. Most common of them all include cabbage, radish and chow chow (chayote). They are best served with rice. Ingredients: White Radish – […]

Drumstick Poricha Kootu
Drumstick, Kootu

Drumstick Poricha Kootu

A popular and delicious dish down south, it is typically served with steamed rice and side dish of choice. Ingredients: Drumsticks – 1 cup, chopped Turmeric Powder – a pinch Toor Dal – 1/2 cup, cooked Tamarind Extract – 1/2 to 3/4 cup Salt as per taste Ghee/Oil as required […]

Spicy Cabbage Kootu
Cabbage, Kootu

Spicy Cabbage Kootu

Cabbage Kootu is a delicious vegetarian recipe from Tamil Nadu. This variation is from the Chettinad cuisine. Ingredients: Cabbage – 1 cup, chopped Onion – 1, big, chopped Garlic – 2 cloves, crushed Tomato – 1, finely chopped Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp Turmeric Powder – a pinch Salt […]

Raw Papaya Kootu
Kootu, Papaya

Papaya Kootu

A delicious and healthy kootu best served with rice or chapati. Ingredients: Green Papaya – 1 Coconut – 4 tsp, grated Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp Dry Red Chillies – 2 Moong Dal – 1 cup Asafoetida Powder – little Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp Urad Dal – 1/2 tsp […]