April 14, 2010

Carrot-Chayote Squash Kootu

As you've all noticed, I've gone traditional. I am enjoying picking Amma's brains of dishes that she used to make when we (my brother and I) were children. I'm enjoying recreating those dishes at home. I find that when I grind a masala for a dish that Amma's just finished telling me about on the phone, the aroma that hits my nose as soon as I open the mixer jar transports me right back to my childhood. When I get ready to eat, if my dish tastes just like what Amma used to make, then I'm all set for a trip down memory lane all through my meal.

This kootu featured rather regularly on Amma's weekly menu. While I didn't think much of it then, I'm sort of hooked now and I must say, this features quite regularly in my kitchen too.

1/2 cup Chayote Squash, peeled and diced
1/2 cup Carrot, peeled and diced

1/2 cup Moong Dal
2 tsp Sambar Powder
2 tbsp Coconut, scraped
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Urad Dal
1-2 Green chillies, slit
1 tsp Oil
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
Salt to taste

For the Tempering:

1/2 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Urad Dal
7-8 Curry Leaves

Pressure cook the diced carrot and chayote squash along with the moong dal and the sambar powder.

Heat the oil in a frying ladle and add the urad dal. Fry till the dal turns golden brown. Add the slit green chillies. Grind this along with the cumin seeds and the coconut. Add this paste to the chowchow-carrot-moong dal mixture along with the salt. Add the asafoetida and mix well.

For the tempering, heat the oil in the frying ladle and add the urad dal and curry leaves. Add this to the dish and serve hot with steamed rice.

A very traditional dish to celebrate a festival. Wishing all of you a very happy new year. Iniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal.


Raji P. said...

This is *the* staple dish in the family I married into. The ultimate comfort food. If all else fails and one is too tired to be creative, chouchou kootu to the rescue.

Priya Suresh said...

Such a delicious and interesting kootu..looks awesome..

Unknown said...

This sounds delish! Sounds yummy with some rice n dal! said...

Very interesting kootu...delicious!

Vidhya said...

Hi Raaga, You live in Gurgaon right. Just wondering how you got Chayote. Here in Delhi when I asked to my local sabjiwala he said, its very hard to get Chayote in Delhi...Just curious.


Raaga said...

Vidhya: I brought these from Bangalore, but you get them at INA and in many south Indian areas of Delhi, like RK Puram, Munirka etc