Facebook Google Plus Twitter Pinterest Blog

Kerala-Kootu-Curry-Recipe / How-to-Make-Onam-Sadya-Kootu-Curry

Kerala-Kootu-Curry-Recipe / How-to-Make-Onam-Sadya-Kootu-Curry

Kerala Kootu Curry Recipe / How to Make Onam Sadya Kootu Curry.

Mixed Vegetables and Chick peas in ground coconut mixture.

I am here back to the base after spending vacation and a short break in India. I made Kootu curry, for the first time and my family was so much impressed with its outcome.

As you all know, Onam, the favourite festival of Kerala is on its way and am sure refrigerators of your kitchens started to load vegetables for this Kerala Feast. I am planning to make at least some of the Onam sadya recipes this time. I don’t have patience to go for all these dishes.  So, I started thinking about the dishes to make and of course for me, am checking the missing Kerala sadya recipes in my Onam recipes folder of my blog. Kootu Curry is one of the few dishes my blog misses. So why  should I wait?


I got to see this kootu curry during Onam Sadya in Dubai. My mom never makes this dish. I am sure, she still doesn’t know how to make it. I think it’s not a very common everyday side dish of Keralites. Kootu curry is a dish from Malabar, Kerala. I really enjoy its taste as I like kadala or chana dals taste. Combine with loads of coconut it would definitely be tasting heavenly.

The way we prepare kootu curry is different in different parts of Kerala. Kootu in our language, Malayalam means combination. It is a mixture or a combination of chana dal or black chick peas and veggies like raw plantain or elephant yam with spicy ground coconut. You can use winter melon, carrot or potato instead of yam or raw banana as per your choice.

Hope you all would love to make this traditional Kerala Sadya recipe, Kootu Curry.

Wishing you all a wonderful Onam.

Preparation Time: 1 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Serves: 6

Ingredients for Making Kerala Kootu Curry:

Black Chcik Peas / Kadala – 1 cup, soaked overnight
Water – 1 ½ cups.
Elephant Yam / chena – 1 cup, diced
Raw Plantain / pacha kaya – 1 cup, diced
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp.
Salt – to taste

For Grinding:

Grated Coconut – ¾ cup
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp.
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam – ½ tsp.
Green Chillies – 2
Shallots – 2, chopped
Ginger – 1 tsp., chopped
Kashmiri Chilli Powder – 1 tsp.

For Tempering:

Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp.
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp.
Dry Red Chillies / Vattal Mulkau – 2 nos.
Shallots – 3, sliced
Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs
Grated Coconut – ½ cup

How to Make Kootu Curry:

Soak Black Chick Peas overnight in water. Pressure cook it the next day by adding 1 ½ cups of water, a pinch of Turmeric powder and little salt for 5 whistles. (See my notes on this) till it is soft and well cooked. Keep it aside. Open the pressure cooker and drain the excess water. Collect this water and keep it aside for cooking veggies. This is completely optional.

Grind together grated coconut, shallots, green chillies, chopped ginger, turmeric powder and cumin to a coarse paste by adding 1 tbsp. water.

Cook together raw plantain, elephant yam with turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt by adding 1 ½ cups of water. Once it starts boiling simmer it, cover and cook until it is soft. Once it is cooked and water content is evaporated, add the pressure cooked black dal. Give a gentle mix. Add the coconut mixture in the centre of the veggies. Cover and cook on low flame for a couple of minutes. Keep it aside.

Heat coconut oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, splutter mustard seeds. When mustard seeds start to splutter, add the dry red chillies and thinly sliced shallots. Once shallots turn golden brown, add curry leaves and 2 tbsp. grated coconut. When the coconut turned to golden brown, switch off the stove and pours this seasoning over the chana veggie mix. Give a gentle stir now. Your kootu curry is ready to be served with Rice and other Sadya Recipes.

Garnish with grated coconut at the time of serving.

My Recipe Notes and Tips on Kerala Kootu Curry:

• You can use split chick peas or van payar / cow peas instead of Black Chick peas.
• After the first whistle, reduce the heat and wait for 4 more whistles. Switch off the flame and remove it from the stove, Keep it aside. Let the pressure release on its own.
• I have used the drained water from the black gram to cook veggies. So don’t discard it.
• I suggest you to use only coconut oil to get the traditional authentic taste of the dish.
• Add more coconut and salt if you desire.
• I added chilli powder to get a good color to the dish. Otherwise green chilli is sufficient.

Once again wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Onam and a merrier Sadya.
Pictorial on Kootu Curry:










Serve Kootu Curry with other Sadya Recipes

Once again wishing you all a wonderful and fun filled Onam.

Happy Cooking 



Links to this post
Create a Link


Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email.
Please input your rating

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog . Each of your comments are really valuable for me which motivates me to post more and more. I appreciate your valuable comments and suggestions. Hope you liked my space and please keep visiting for new recipes. Please do not leave comments with links to your blogs , events and advertisements.

  • phitany (2017-01-21 16:56:23)
    Seena Koshy (2017-01-21 17:27:06)
    Thank you.
  • Stew (2017-01-03 22:51:06)
    Yummy Kootu curry. Good clicks.
    Seena Koshy (2017-01-21 22:50:25)
    Thank you Stew..
  • Kushi (2016-09-21 02:36:20)
    Very flavorful and delicious recipe.
    Seena Koshy (2016-09-21 02:46:47)
    Thanks a lot Kushi.. :)
  • phitany test (2016-09-10 10:42:39)
    Seena Koshy (2016-09-15 03:22:31)
    Thank you..
  • beena (2016-09-09 19:39:53)
    Delicious kootu curry. Love it
    Seena Koshy (2016-09-09 19:42:03)
    Thanks Beena.. :)
  • Sindhiya (2016-09-09 16:33:12)
    Kootu curry looks incredible... Love the addition of chick peas!
    Seena Koshy (2016-09-09 16:39:57)
    You are welcome Sindhya.. Chick Peas make the dish so delicious.. :)
  • sanjeev (2016-09-09 15:31:00)
    Great Presentation. This time with Video too. You are really updated!!
    Seena Koshy (2016-09-09 15:35:10)
    Thank you so much Sanjeev.. This is my second one with a video.. :)
  • Rani Vijoo (2016-09-09 10:43:17)
    mouthwatering koottu curry recipe Seena, a perfect recipe for this onam season.
    Seena Koshy (2016-09-09 13:24:30)
    Thanks dear.. :)

Related Post

You may also be Interested in

Related Articles


Thank you for visiting Seena's Food Basket. If you found this recipe useful, please don’t hesitate to leave your comments and feedback about our posts. Share it with your friends today. All it takes is a simple click on the icons below. It will keep us motivated. Thank you. :)


About Me

Hi there, I am Seena Koshy, a teacher by profession, a triple Master’s Degree Holder by qualification, a Food Blogger, a passionate Food Photographer, whose ultimate pleasure lies in cooking. My passion for food is portrayed in my recipes which are tested in my kitchen and tasted by my family. I love to spend quality time in experimenting and cooking. Thank you for stopping by our food blog, where you can find well-crafted recipes.

Read More..

Subscribe Recipe