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Kaikari Milagu Kootu

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Pepper Flavoured Vegetable Stew (Kaikari Milagu Kootu)

1/2 cup mung dal
1 1/2 cups grated fresh coconut
2 tsp rice flour
2 tomatoes, quartered
1 cup finely chopped chow chow
1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 cup shelled green peas
1 tsp salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Spice powder
1 tsp ghee
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder

2 tsp ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves

1. Roast dal in a dry frying pan over low heat till fragrant. Wash well and drain. Place dal in a pressure cooker with 1 cup water. Cook under pressure for 5 minutes.
2. Mix grated coconut with 1 cup hot water. Process for 1-2 minutes in a blender. Pour liquid through a strainer lined with muslin cloth and press out thick coconut milk. Blend in rice flour and set aside.
3. Heat ghee for spice powder in a frying pan over moderate heat. Add remaining ingredients for spice powder. Fry over low heat, tossing gently, till fragrant. Cool and grind to a fine powder.
4. Heat ghee for tempering in the same pan over moderate heat. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves. When mustard seeds splutter, add tomatoes and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.
5. Add remaining vegetables and toss gently. Stir in salt, turmeric powder and 1 cup water.
6. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally till vegetables are tender.
7. Blend in dal and spice powder and cooker for 1-2 minutes.
8. Pour in coconut milk and simmer for a minute, stirring continuously.
9. Remove from heat and serve hot with rice or roti.

Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.

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