Saturday, 30 September 2017

Tanjavur style poricha koottu

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Today is the last day of this month's mega marathon and I am so happy. The reason being this is the first mega-marathon where I am completing my posts ahead in time. Though there was a bit of delays in between; yet my start and finish were perfect I believe. As the last recipe in this protein-rich marathon I am presenting a simple kootu recipe with a mix of toor dal and moong dal.

I learnt this recipe from the blogging world and have tried it 2-3 times now. I am presenting todays recipe with chow-chow as the vegetable but this kootu can be made with many other traditional vegetables like snake-gourd, bottle-gourd, ash-gourd etc.. This is a bit different from the molagootal recipe and I like this because of the spiciness from the pepper.

chow chow- 1 cup (chopped into small cubes)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
toor dhall - little less than 1/2 cup
Moong dhall - 2 or 3 tbsp (just fill the less than1/2 cup toor dhall with moong dhall)

For Grinding:
Chann dhall - 2 tsp
Urad dhall - 2 tsp
Black pepper - 1/2 tsp(according to taste)
Coconut - 2 tbsp(can also use more)
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 1 or 2 (acc to taste)

For Seasoning:
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
urad dhall - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Red chillies - 1 (optional)


  • Pressure cook toor dal, moong dal and chow chow adding the turmeric powder, upto one whistle. 
  • In the mean time, fry the ingredients given for grinding to golden brown. 
  • Let it cool and grind it into a fine paste. 
  • Pre heat a pan, put the cooked dal + vegetable mixture, grounded coconut paste and salt and let it boil nicely. 
  • Add water if necessary to get the required consistency. 
  • Turn off the stove when you get the required consistency. 
  • In a kadai heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, add urad dal, curry leaves and red chillies and fry it till it becomes golden brown 
  • Pour it on top of poricha kootu. Garnish it with curry leaves. 

Enjoy this with rice or chapathi!!


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  1. Yes agreed that it feels great to have completed this edition so well!..enjoyed reading all your dishes.

  2. Happy that you have completed this edition on time, and this poricha kootu is my kind of food, can smell the flavor from here.

  3. Its an great feeling Ruchi and I hav eloved all your recipes. I have one chow chow to finish and will try a small portion.

  4. Poricha kootu looks yummy.. usually try this for my lunch box..

  5. Such a healthy and comforting looking kootu. Looks very delicious.

  6. Thanjavur is known for its food and this poricha kootu is absolutely delicious. Love this kootu anytime.

  7. Ruchi I'm glad you were well enough to complete the marathon. An interesting and healthy dish. Its like a sabji and dal all in one.

  8. Healthy and protein rich kootu recipe... never tried any kootu recipe.