Masala Kootu Curry


1 large raw plantain, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cup chena/ elephan yam/ suran, peeled and diced
1/2 cup brown chickpeas / kadala
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp black pepper corns
2-3 green chillies, slit
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2-2 cups grated coconut
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp jaggery
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 dry red chilles
2 sprigs curry leaves
salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Soak brown chickpeas overnight or atleast 7 hours and pressure cook it adding enough water and salt for around 5 whistles or until soft. Drain the water and keep it aside.
  2. In a pan , roast the grated coconut adding 1 tsp oil until until golden brown in color and keep it aside.
  3. Crush cumin seeds and black pepper corns using a mortar and pestle and keep it aside.
  4. Cook the diced raw plantain and yam with green chillies, curry leaves, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt adding 1 1/2 -2 cups of water . ( or pressure cook for 1 whistle adding around 3/4 cup of water).
  5. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until they are done and the water almost evaporates completely.
  6. Open the lid and mash the vegetables slightly. Then add the garam masala, crushed cumin seeds and black pepper and 1 cup cooked kadala and mix well. Adjust the salt. 
  7. Add 1/2 tsp jaggery and roasted coconut to this, mix well and cook for 1 minute at low flame. Switch off.
  8. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry for few seconds. 
  9. Pour this over the prepared kootu curry and keep covered for 10 minutes.
  10. Open the lid and mix well. Serve hot with rice..
Recipe adapted from here..

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