Vada Kootu Curry


1/4 cup whole urad dal
1 small green chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
few curry leaves, finely chopped
2 medium potatoes
2 medium onions, chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 cup thin coconut milk
1/2-3/4 cup thick coconut milk
3/4 tsp gram masala
salt to taste
1 tsp mustard seeds
4 dry red chillies
a  sprig of curry leaves
oil as required


  1. Soak urad dal in water for 2-3 hours. Then grind it adding about 3-4 tsp of water till fluffy thick batter.
  2. Transfer this to a bowl and add chopped green chilli, ginger, few chopped curry leaves and salt and mix well.
  3. Heat oil in a pan on medium flame.
  4. Wet your palm with water, take little batter and make small balls. Drop them into the hot oil and fry till light golden. Keep the vadas aside.
  5. Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes.
  6. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add onions and potatoes and saute for 5 minutes.
  7. Add turmeric powder, pepper powder, kashmiri chilli powder and coriander powder and saute till the raw smell disappears.
  8. Add thin coconut milk and salt and cook it covered at medium flame until potatoes are cooked.
  9. Add the thick coconut milk and garam masala and mix well for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Add the fried vadas and mix well. Check and adjust salt. Switch off the flame and keep it covered.
  11. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry.
  12. Pour this seasoning to the kootu curry and keep it covered… Serve as a side dish with rice…
Recipe Source: Lekshmi Nair

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