Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Broccoli Kootu

This recipe is from my friend Latha and what I love about it is that it requires no grinding & no chopping either if you use the frozen one and incorporates broccoli in a very yummy, subtle way that it makes for a nice variation to make even for those who are not crazy about this veggie. Ever since I started making Roasted Broccoli, it has converted my once broccoli hating husband to one who actually buys a big bunch every time he goes shopping. My daughter has even gone on to declare it as her favorite veggie - so now I incorporate this in many more ways in our daily cooking.

BROCCOLI KOOTU


Ingredients:
Broccoli (Chopped) - 1 box (10 oz)
Mung dhal (yellow split) / paasiparuppu - 1/3 cup
Sambar powder (I use Shakthi) - 1 to 2 tsp
Coriander powder - half tsp
Turmeric powder - half tsp
Asafoetida (hing) - a small pinch
Salt - 2 tsp
Shredded Coconut - 1 to 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Seasoning:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - half tsp
Urad dhal - half tsp
Curry leaves - few
Red chillies - 1, broken (optional)
Onion - 1 small, chopped finely
Garlic - 1 clove, minced (optional)

Method:
1) In a deep pan, saute the mung dhal for a few minutes (it shouldn't change colour). Wash it once and return to the stove, then add 2 cups of water, hing, turmeric & 1 tsp of salt. Once it boils, reduce the flame to a simmer, cover and allow to cook.

2) Meanwhile, microwave the frozen broccoli for 5 minutes. When the dhal is cooked about 75% and is quite soft, add the broccoli into the mix followed by the cumin seeds, sambar & coriander powders & remaining salt. Cover and allow to cook till both, dhal & broccoli are cooked fully.

3) In a separate pan, heat oil and season with mustard seeds, urad dhal, curry leaves & broken red chillies. Add the chopped onions & garlic and a bit of salt. Allow this to cook until it softens & browns a bit.

4) Add the onion-seasoning mix to the broccoli-dhal mix and stir in the coconut. Switch of the stove... and allow to rest covered for about 5 to 10 minutes - kootu is ready and tastes real good with rice.



We had nearly 2 feet of snow over the weekend and while it was (and still is to an extent) breathtaking to look at, the clean up was a lot of effort. I leave you with some pictures...

30 comments:

  1. a kootu that involves no grinding... a sure winner :)

    Also, looked at your roasted broccoli recipe.. must try :)

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  2. Brocoli kootu sounds new......a healthy twist!

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  3. looks yummy.. never tried this though. healthy dal it is.

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  4. Kootu with broccoli looks very tasty, something new to try with broccoli.

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  5. yummy kootu..please do collect ur gift from this http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-250-th-post.html

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  6. another nice way to enjoy my favorite broccoli :) It sure sounds yummy!

    Heard about the snowstorm last weeekend, another one is coming our way.. :(

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  7. Broccoli kootu looks yummy and very healthy...

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  8. Laav, I shall try it out on uncle and hope he transforms like Arun...ok you know it is too much to expect him to buy a large bunch. If he eats few mouthfuls that would be IT! Don't you think?

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  9. Broc kootu sounds tasty... Gosh I freeze here seeing ur snow!

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  10. Loved the snow pics laavanya. Love the kootu, do try it with kadala paruppu also.

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  11. i love broccoli and usually indianize it any way i can. thanks for this idea!

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  12. I love broccoli too .. nice idea of making a kootu out of it

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  13. Even I am not still comfortable with broccoli! But as u have told,I think if we start eating we will sure love the veggie! Kootu looks so nice!

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  14. I love broccoli and this is a fun way to do a kootu with it. Thanks for such a healthy idea.

    Happy Holidays,
    Siri

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  15. Love the broccoli kootu, I too make similar version to this, but just add semi boiled moondhal to it, so that it goives a crunch.Will try your version next time.

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  16. This looks really good Laavanya. The kids really like roasted broccoli but I have never cooked with it and don't like it that much.

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  17. Kootu looks delicious..love the color!

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  18. ummmm this looks so yum..merry christmas dear,..

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  19. WOW very nice recipe, looks yummmmmm :))

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  20. I love broccoli and this looks perfectly yummy for a winter night.

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  21. Looks new to me. Definitely yummy and healthy!

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  22. Thank you all for your sweet comments.

    Latha akka, you may be surprised like I was - do try & let me know.

    Siri - thanks.. Happy Holidays to you too.

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  23. Hi Lavanya!

    Very nice recipe. Tried it last night and added some garam masala, lemon and pressure cooked it..Ez and nutritious :)

    Thanks! You are really talented!

    -D

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  24. Thank you Dreams2Reality for trying and providing your feedback. So glad to hear it turned out good. I love the garam masala & lemon twist :)

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  25. This is awesome and simple. Do visit my blog when time permits. http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com/

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  26. I am quite new to kootus but I already prepared this recipe twice after seeing it on your blog. I felt it a bit bland the first time as we eat spicy food. I added chilli powder this time and the taste was awesome. Thanks a lot for this wonderful new dish. You taught me an excellent curry.

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  27. Thank you Anonymous for your feedback. My sambar powder is pretty spicy so I usually find it sufficient, if not I add an extra dried red chilli when seasoning. Adding chilli powder is a good workaround too. Glad it worked out for you... :) Thanks for trying.

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  28. LOVE this kootu...have tried this twice already and my little son loves it too. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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  29. This is one of the best kootu recipes I have ever tried! Fantastic -- and great with spinach as well. Sometimes when cooking for my parents, I will omit the onion and garlic, it's still fantastic. I've also ommitted the coriander powder frome time to time when I had run out, and it was completely fine without. This is my new favorite!!

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  30. Thank you both Anons for your comments... makes me so happy to know that this was a hit!

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