chopped koththavarangai – 4 cups
[You can use Avaraikkai, Chow-Chow, Pudalankai, Murungaikkai. also]
moong dal – 2 cups
haldi powder – 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
For Kootu masala:
Urad dal – 2 tbspred chillies – 6 or 7
Milagu – 1/2 tspJeera – 1 tsp
freshly grated thengai - 2 tbsp
Hing - a pinch
For the seasoning:
Oil - 2 tspkadugu – 1 tsp
urad dal - 2 tsp
hing - a pinch
Kariveppilai leaves - a few
In a heavy bottomed pan, add the moong dal and about 3 cups of water; cook till dal is half-cooked.
Add the chopped koththavarangai, haldi, salt. Mix well. Cook till the kaai and the dal is well-cooked.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Add these roasted ingredients and jeera in a mixie and grind coarsely.
Add thengai and some water to the above and grind it to a fine paste.
Add this paste to the cooked vegetable+moong dal.
Cook for 7 to 10 minutes on a low flame, until the kootu comes together to a thick gravy.
Season with the seasoning ingredients.
Serve hot with Rice / Chappati etc.