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Quick Mixed Vegetable Kootu

Kootu is a traditional South Indian dish that is commonly served with rice or chapati. The vegetable Kootu recipe is perfect for those days when you have a bunch of leftover vegetables in your refrigerator that you don’t want to go to waste. You can use any vegetables you have on hand, such as carrots, beans, potatoes, peas, cauliflower, and cabbage. It is quick and easy to make, and it is a great way to add more vegetables to your diet. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a wholesome and nutritious meal!

Quick Kootu

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: N/A
Course: KootuCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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This is a simple and fast recipe for kootu, a dish made with a variety of mixed vegetables. It can be enjoyed with rice or roti.


  • Mixed vegetables cut into small size pieces – 2 cups

  • Soaked Cow Gram (Karamani) – 2 tablespoons (optional)

  • Green Gram Dal – 1/2 cup

  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch

  • Sambar Powder – 2 teaspoons

  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin (jeeragam) – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida Powder – two pinches

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • To prepare the kootu, start by soaking Green Gram dal for approximately half an hour. Then, in a pressure cooker, combine the soaked Green Gram dal, cut vegetables, and Karamani (if using). Add salt and enough water to cover the vegetables. Pressure cook for two to three whistles.
  • Once cooked, carefully remove the lid from the pressure cooker and gently mash the vegetables to your desired consistency.
  • In a separate Tadka pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start to pop, add urad dal, cumin seeds, and a pinch of asafoetida powder. Fry the seasoning for a brief moment.
  • While frying the seasoning, incorporate sambar powder and turmeric powder, giving it a quick toss for added flavor.
  • Combine this seasoning with the cooked vegetables, ensuring all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

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  • 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, Cluster Beans, Chow Chow, carrot, potato and one small tomato in this Kootu.
  • Instead of adding sambar powder in the seasoning, you can also add sambar powder and turmeric powder along with the vegetables and pressure cook it. Then just make a seasoning with mustard, urad dal, cumin and asafoetida and add it to the kootu.
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