KATHRIKAI KOOTUU (EGGPLANT DHAL)

This picture had been lying in my draft for a long time. I made this dish during those days when I used to make a dish and post it on the same day with the date on the picture. I found this out today as I was going through the old pictures. I guess its better late than never :) This is a recipe of my friend. I learnt this dish from her during my early marriage days when we were in Hyderabad. She usually prepares this as a side dish for idlis and dosas rather than with rice. This is more or less similar to kothsu and the moong dhal added here is very less compared to the regular kootus. I think this kootuu must go well with rice too though we have not yet tried it with rice. Here goes the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
Moong dhal, ¼th cup.
Eggplant, a big one if bigger varieties like Japanese eggplants are used or 4-5 if regular small-sized ones are used.
Small onions, 1 cup.
Tomatoes, small, 2.
Chili powder, 1 teaspoon.
Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon.
Sambar powder, ½ teaspoon (optional).
Garlic, 2 cloves.
Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon.
Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon.
Asafetida, 1 pinch.
Salt as per taste.
Vadakam ½ teaspoon, (optional).
Turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon.

PREPARATION:
Wash the moong dhal. Chop the eggplants and tomatoes into small pieces. Peel the onions and crush the garlic coarsely. Take a pressure cooker or a pressure pan and put the washed moong dhal, chopped eggplants, tomatoes, peeled onions, crushed garlic, turmeric powder, all the powders, salt as per taste along with 1-1/2 cups of water. Pressure cook for about 10-15 minutes up to 3 whistles. Transfer the cooked dhal to a vessel when the pressure is released. The eggplants will be well mashed up at this stage. If they are still whole, mash them with a spatula. Meanwhile heat a small pan with 1 teaspoon of oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start to splutter, add the cumin seeds, vadakam, asafetida let them fry for 30 seconds and switch off the stove. Add the seasonings to the kootuu and mix everything well and serve hot with idlis, dosas, rotis, or rice.



Thanks to the Food Buzz team for sending me Nature’s Pride Breads as a part of their TasteMaker’s Program. We have never brought Nature’s Pride breads before and I like the texture of these breads particularly the 12-grains bread. We have been having these as a simple peanut butter and jam sandwiches. I am planning to try something different with these too like a bread pudding for the weekend.

56 comments:

Uma said...

eggplant dal looks so delicious Gita.

Ambika said...

Thanks Gita. Yes I'm having loads of fun with my puppy :)

Cham said...

Sounds like gotsu, should be great with idlis!

prasu said...

Eggplant dal looks delicious Gita.

Nandini said...

I love the smell and taste of vadakkam! Love to have with hot idlis! very hungry now.

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Eggplant dal looks delicious.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Kathirikkai koottu seems a clever idea to include veggies for BF. Koottu looks delicious dear.

Tina said...

Looks delicious.

Abhilash Pillai said...

Kathrikai kootuu... the name is interesting.

This dish with idli.. can give a try...

Bread pudding... after you prepare it, plce the recipe here to try.

Varsha Vipins said...

Now thats something new to me..have never paired these two..n I love them both..:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

My all time favorite,mouthwatering now :)

Sushma Mallya said...

An interesting recipe,surely looks delicious & would love to have this with hot rice,,and wanted to share an award with u gita,do come and collect it from my blog

kitchen queen said...

nice kootu to have with hot rice and ghee.

Prathibha said...

Yummy dal..I m sure the combo would be gr8 with rice..

Kanchan said...

Wow, thanks to you one more new recipe in my To do list.
Btw hope you collect the well deserved “One Lovely Blog Award”. from my blog!!
congrats :)

Priya said...

Delicious kootu Gita..seems prefect even with pongal and idli..

priya said...

kootu looks delicious, gita!..tempting pics!

Vrinda said...

Never tried eggplant daal combo,sounds yumm....

Shwetha said...

Hello!

I would really appreciate it if you'd let me know what is vadakam? Thanks!

VS said...

Yennaku yendha kootu rhombha pudikum geets! Yours looks like the one my mom makes. Yummy! I used to eat them with rice and karnakeezhanghu fry but these days (dieting) eat them with chapathi/pulka

Padma said...

Eggplant dal looks delicious Gita

Varunavi said...

This is new to me,never heard of adding eggplant to the dal.

rekhas kitchen said...

wow mouthwatering recipe looks delicious Gita...love to have this with hot rice hummmmmm.

Padma said...

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SriLekha said...

looks delicious!

Divya Vikram said...

Great idea of combining eggplant and dhal. looks too yummy!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Egg plant and dal....new combo to me...looks yum....

Chef Jeena said...

What agreat way to use egg plant, this is one tasty dish Gita!

Vibaas said...

Kootu looks yum. Will be comforting with rice. i'm bloghopping after a long time and just saw your golu photos. Awesome golu!

Kanchan said...

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Shri said...

Very interesting!I always wondered how it would be to make dal with eggplant but I am sure to make it now!Looks yumm!

AnuSriram said...

Yummy recipe.. New to me! Have to try it for sure!
Nature's pride bread.. Too good! right?

Babli said...

Your recipe looks lovely. Beautiful presentation and the dhal looks delicious.

VS said...

I have an award for you Geets. Do accept it.

Yasmeen said...

Love all the ingredients in the dal :D

*sangi* said...

gr8 combo!nevr tried before...must try.tnx dear

Jaishree said...

Eggplant dal looks delicious Gita
Wish u & your family Happy Diwali!

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi gita...Wish u & ur family a very happy & a prosperous diwali..hope it brings u lots of happiness and luck..have a great time and enjoy

Parita said...

A new combo, never had eggplant and dal together..sounds yumm!!!
Happy Diwali :-)

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice kootu, it will go well with pongal too, right. Bread pudding sounds fab'...enjoy your weekend!:)

Nags said...

eggplant and dal? oooh yun!

my kitchen said...

Eggplant kootu looks yummy

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Dal looks delicious!!

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vidhas said...

Lovlely kootu!! Egg plant is my all time favourite.

Neha said...

That's something new n intresting... Shall give it a try..

Kanchan said...

Hello... hope you had a fun filled Diwali !
The blasts are still on ;)
There is this lovely award waiting for you @ my blog, Please do collect it :)

Astra Libris said...

Oh my, this looks delicious! I adore eggplant! :-)

vidhas said...

Collect your awards from my blog Gita.,

Suparna said...

hi Gita,
The dal looks thick and yumm....this preparation is new to me shall keep it in mind for the next time I buy egg plant :)
TC

Kanchan said...

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Simply Life said...

Oh that eggplant looks great!

radha said...

Nice blog. First time here. I have a suggestion - please have labels or recipe classification by ingredients so that it makes it easy to search in the archives.

Pam said...

Scrumptious blog you have and Congrats on the Foodie Blogroll!

Enjoy!

priya said...

hi dear,

plz collect ur award frm my blog!

*sangi* said...

where r u dear?

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks wonderful...