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
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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.


  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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