Monday, January 23, 2012

Cauliflower & Peas in Coconut Sauce(Cauliflower Pattani Kootu)


Kootu is a traditional Tamil comfort food which can be done in a jiffy. Vegetables, lentils and coconut with some spices are the base for this easy and delicious food. A perfect complete balanced food with veggies, lentils and coconut is served traditionally with cooked rice and rasam(spiced soup). I served this with some hot pepper rasam and cooked quinoa. Believe me quinoa tastes great with lot of traditional Indian side dishes like sambar, rasam etc than adding to salads. There are lot of ways this kootu is done and in my family itself it is done in so many ways, either by adding cooked dal, grinding raw dal or with the addition of tamarind juice. Whatever way it is the end result is sure healthy and very tasty.

Preparation Time – 10 Minutes

Cooking Time – 20-30 Minutes

Serves – 4


Cauliflower – 1 medium sized(Cut out the florets from the thick stem and wash and keep it aside)

Frozen green peas – 1/2 Cup (Thawed)

Sambar powder – 1 Tsp or to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 Tsp

Salt – 1 Tsp or to taste

Raw Thoor dal – 2 Tbsp

Coconut pieces – Taken from 1 half

Rice flour – 1 Tsp


Coconut oil – 1 Tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 Tsp

Split Urad dal – 1 Tbsp

Curry leaves – few optional


1) Put the cauliflower florets, peas, salt, turmeric powder, sambar powder in a thick bottomed pan and add around 1/3 cup of water at the bottom.

2) Cover and cook till slightly tender, the more you cook the more nutrients will be lost. So cook till desired time.

3) Grind the Thoor dal, coconut pieces, rice flour in to  a fine paste and add it to the cooked cauliflower and simmer for 2-3 minutes and switch off.

4) Warm the coconut oil and then add mustard seeds. Once the seeds stop spluttering add urad dal and cook till slightly brown and then add the curry leaves and transfer it to the cauliflower, coconut kootu.

5) Serve hot with some spicy rasam and cooked main course of your choice.

Note – There are three different recipes I follow for this kootu, ver 1 veggies, tamarind juice,  cooked dal and roasted spices+coconut ver 2 – cooked dal, coconut, rice flour, sambar powder ver 3 – coconut, dry red chili, rice flour, cumin sees and raw uncooked dal. But this one is a combination of ver 2 and 3 because just at the time of adding the cooked dal I realized that  I had ran out of the same.



Sending this to Vardhini’s Healing foods – Cauliflower an event started by Siri.

Sending this to Kaveri’s Kerala Kitchen Event an event started by Ria and Rose.



Aarthi said...

I love this one a lot..Totally Yummy..


Now Serving said...

Wonderful kotu - a good combo with rice or chappatis :)

Archana said...

looks yummy. Comfort foodas you said.

Sravs said...

This is quiet new to me !! looks delicious !!

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faseela said...

delicious recipe....superb

Julie said...

Lovely kootu n tempting clicks with seasoning,yummy!!

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Prabha R said...

wow, lovely recipe, nice clicks too...:)

anthony stemke said...

Kootu recipe here looks outstanding.

Priya said...

Super tempting kootu,makes me hungry.

Hema said...

Yummy kootu dear, will go well with some vatha kuzhambu rt..

sangee vijay said...

lovely recipes, sounds so yummy with both rice n rotis!!

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Uma said...

Even I thought that the quinoa is pairing well with our Indian food. Kootu Looks delicious.

Pasta And Paratha said...

nice recipe...looks delicious..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and wonderful recipe.Excellent clicks.

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Kaveri said...

Grinding toor dal instead of adding cooked dal is a good idea...Necessity is the mother of invention rt?
Please do link it to the Kerala Kitchen Event dear.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Never thought of grinding tuvar dal for kootu, nice innovation, thanks for sharing.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious preparation....Looks very yummy..

Raji said...

Lovely kootu Sadhana.. I never make kootu with cauliflower but yours is looking great.

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

mom makes kootu all the time but i have yet to make it... this looks delecious :)

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks so yummy. Nice one

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

All new and great for me.
These are the recipes I can never fail to bookmark. :)

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Sounds good...nice

Indulge said...

We make Rassa type curry with coconut and cauliflower. reminds me of my moms cooking.
Love Ash.

Vardhini said...

Kootu is one of my favorite to have with rice .. yummy and thx for linking to the event.

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Charles said...

This looks fantastic - I just bought a romanesco cabbage (or is it a cauliflower?). I never ate it before but I was looking for a use for it... do you think it would work in this sort of dish? If so I'm going to give it a try!

Priya Yallapantula said...

I am so going to try this too, very tempting :)

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