Quick Kootu


  • One or two or more mixed vegetables cut into small size pieces – 1 cup
  • Green Gram Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Sambar Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Urad dhal – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin (jeeragam) – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafotida Powder – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon or as per taste


  1. Put the cut vegetables, green gram dal and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker. Add enough water to cover the vegetables. Pressure cook for two to three whistles.
  2. After few minutes, remove the lid from the cooker and slightly mash the vegetables.
  3. In a kadai put the oil and when it is hot add mustard. When it pops up add urad dhal, cumin, asafotida powder, curry leaves and fry for a second. In this seasoning itself, add sambar powder and just fry for a second. Now add the cooked vegetable and mix it well. Finally add salt and once again stir well and remove.
  4. Note: Adding sambar powder in the seasoning will give nice flavour to the kootu. (But ensure not to burn the powder). You can use any type of available vegetables. I used broad beans, one small potato with skin and one small brinjal in this Kootu.


  1. Dear kamala,
    Could you please tell what other vegetables can I use. Could you specify it.

    • Hi Arthy,

      You can use any vegetable for Kootu. Chow-chow, Ridge Gourd, Bottle Gourd, Snake Gourd, Pumpkin – both yellow and white, brinjal etc are commonly used for Kootu. You can check all Kootu recipes in my “Kootu” catagory.

  2. Dear kamala,
    I used ridge gourd, white pumpkin, potato,drumsticks.My son liked a lot. thanks.

  3. I searched for good kootu recipe.I hope green gram dal with veggies will come out well.surely i will try. thank you.

  4. I tried out this and came out well……….thanks

  5. hi Kamala

    i did cook this kootu 2 times last week with different vegies. they were very tasty.

    Its simple, easy and less cost. thk you very much.
    fm: Catherin Grace J, Selangor ,Malaysia.


    Today we r trying to cook koottu with pototoes & green gram dal

  7. I like your tamil new year recipes. I ll will cook for this coming Tamizh New Year. Wishing u n ur family..”MANGHALA TAMIZH PUTHAANDU NAL VAZHTUKKAL”

  8. Aarthi Uday

    Hi Kamala madam, I tried this kootu 2day and the taste was too good. Expecting more new and innovative dishes from you.


  10. My dish tonight . . . Thanks

  11. Hi mam
    I too gonna try kootu today. Hope wil come out well. Ur blog s so gud. I shud tell that ur recipes are simple n easy to try with items watever we hav in kitchen. Hats off to u. I even tried ur onion garlic chutney. It was awesome. I loved t.even i suggested ur blog to my friends. Simply superb.keep going….

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