Kothsu is a typical Tamil Nadu dish, I think it is from Chidambaram district. Kathrikai (eggplant) kothsu is a famous dish in Tamil Nadu. This is a healthy dish since it is made with 3 types of dhals and vegetables. I started making this after hearing about it from a friend in Hyderabad. She usually adds all types of vegetables in it. I too prepare it the same way. Recently I started adding frozen corn and peas in the kothsu to boost up its fiber content. This can go as a side dish for idlis, dosas, appams etc.

Toor dhal, ¼ cup.
Channa dhal, ¼ cup.
Moong dhal, ¼ cup.
Red onion, medium-sized, 1.
Tomatoes, small, 2.
Green chili, 1.
Cabbage, carrots, green beans, cauliflower all coming around 1 cup when cut.
Frozen peas and corn taken together, ½ cup.
Garlic, 2 cloves.
Chili powder, 1 teaspoon.
Coriander powder, 2 teaspoons.
Sambar powder, 1 teaspoon.
Salt as per taste.
Cilantro and curry leaves for garnishing.
Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon.
Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon.

Wash the dhals together and cook them for up to 3 whistles in a pressure cooker. Dice the onion and tomatoes and slit the green chili into two and keep aside. Chop all the other vegetables and crush the garlic coarsely. Heat a pan with a teaspoon of oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the cumin seeds and fry for 20 seconds. Now add the diced onion, tomatoes, green chili, crushed garlic and sauté everything for 2-3 minutes. Then add the chopped cabbage, green beans, carrot, cauliflower, frozen peas and corn and sauté everything together for another 2 minutes. Then add the cooked dhals, and add 1 cup of water, chili powder, coriander powder, sambar powder, salt and cook closed under medium flame for 10 minutes until the vegetables are cooked and the dhal reaches the desired consistency. Switch off the stove and garnish with cilantro and curry leaves and serve hot with idlis, dosas, or appams.

1 comment:

Devasena Hariharan said...

Looks Tasty! I will try this and let u know my comments.