Kadamba Kootu / Pongal Kootu
Pongal Kootu / Kadamba kootu is one of the important festival sambar. Mainly prepared on Pongal Festival. We can call this as Kanu Kootu. We have to prepare this on Pongal and we can keep one ladle of kadamba kootu aside for Kanu festival. Here we are using mixed vegetables and so the flavour is excellent.
Pongal Kootu / Kadamba kootu, also sometimes referred to as Ezhukari Kootu (7-Karikootu), has 7 seasonal vegetables. Pongal festival itself is a harvest festival, to show gratitude to the Mother Nature to help us harvest nicely with enough monsoon. So the natural vegetables harvested like Potato, Sweet Potato, Broad beans, Raw Banana, Pumpkin, Ash gourd and lima beans. With all these 7 vegetables, this pongal kootu is made with all these rich seasonal vegetables and offered on the day of Pongal Festival (Harvest Festival). Some of us in down south of TamilNadu make this Pongal kootu in a different way. They actually make kootu as same as the Thiruvatharai Thalagam.
Lets go the recipe now…
|Preparation Time||10 mins|
|Cooking Time||30 mins|
Ingredients for Sambar:
|Tamarind||1 small lemon size|
|Thur dal||1/2 Cup*|
|Ash Gourd||100 grams|
|Mochai (Lima Beans)||1/4 cup|
* My one full cup is 250 ml capacity
Ingredients for Grinding:
|Channa dal(Bengal Gram)||1 tablespoon|
|Coriander Seeds||2 tablespoon|
|Grated Coconut||1/2 Cup|
|Fenugreek seeds||1/2 teaspoon|
Ingredients for Seasoning:
|Mustard Seeds||1 teaspoon|
1. Wash all the vegetables and chop it into bigger pieces and keep it ready. Wash the thur dal and pressure cook it
2. Extract the tamarind juice and keep it aside.
3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, and add coriander seeds, channa dal, red chillies, fenugreek seeds and fry it till the dals become golden brown color. Finally add grated coconut and fry it till it becomes light brown color
4. Take the fried grinding ingredients in a mixer. We can grind it to a nice powder. But i always prefer to add water and grind it to a paste so that it will easily get mixed up with the kootu without forming lumps.
5. Now add chopped vegetables to a pan and add water to cook the vegetables. When the vegetables are half-cooked, add tamarind juice along with salt
6. Allow the vegetable-tamarind extract to boil till the raw smell goes off. Meanwhile, mash the cooked dal and when the vegetables are cooked completely, add the smashed dal to the tamarind mixture and mix well. Then add the ground paste and stir nicely and keep the sambar in flame to boil for 5 minutes
7. Heat oil in another pan, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter add hing and fry for 10 seconds. Finally add chopped curry leaves and broken red chillies and give a quick stir and add it to the sambar and mix well and remove from flame
8. The delicious Kadamba Kootu / Pongal Kootu is ready to serve with hot rice. We can cook rice and smash it and mix with the Kadamba Kootu / Pongal Kootu and serve hot.
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