May 23, 2008

Wintermelon Kootu

This is another vegetable which is mostly used for making kootu. Using moong dhall is optional in this case. This recipe is based on the recipe without using moong dhall. This recipe is very very easy to make and it could be a wonderful side dish for chapathis and will also go with rice. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:-
  1. Wintermelon - 1 cup (chopped into small cubes)
  2. Green chillies - 2 (according to taste)
  3. Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  4. coconut - 1/2 tbsp
  5. Rice - 1 tsp (soak it in water for 10 mts)
  6. Turmeric powder
  7. Salt to taste
For Seasoning:-
  1. Oil - 1 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  3. urad dhall - 1/2 tsp
  4. Asafoetida powder - a pinch
  5. Curry Leaves - few
First grind coconut+rice+Cumin+Greenchillies into a fine paste. Keep it aside. Now take a pan, pre heat oil, add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhall, asafoetida powder and curry leaves and fry it till golden brown. Add the chopped winter melon to it, add required amount of water, turmeric powder, salt and let it boil. When its half done, add the coconut mixture to it. Add little more water and let it cook for another 5 to 7 mts. When everything mix together and a semi-solid consistency comes, turn off the stove. Serve it hot with rotis and also try with rice.
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