Avarakkai Kootu recipe - Broad Beans Kootu (gravy) recipe - Side Dish recipe

Kootu is a comfort food. If it is a lazy day you just need kootu and steamed rice to have a comforting meal. This is quite simple to make and I always feel with one vegetable, dal and onion it is quite balanced too.  If I use sambar powder then I normally do not use coconut. However this version is with coconut. While I have used mixed dals for this recipe, you can do it one dal only. Do try this during this season and enjoy

Avarakkai / Broad beans - 400g
Toor Dal / Thuvar dal - 2 tablespoon
Moong dal / split yellow dal - 2 tablespoon
Oil - 2 teaspoon
Small Onion / Shallots - 10
Garlic - 3 (sliced thinly)
Red chillies - 1 or 2 
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 10
Urad dal - 1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida- generous pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon

To Grind

Coconut - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 1
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon


Soak dal together for 30 mins. Grind the ingredients under to grind section with 1/4 cup of water. Heat oil in cooker. Add Mustard seeds and cumin seeds let it crackle. Add urad dal, Curry leaves and red chillies. Fry for 30 sec. Add Onion and Garlic and fry for a min
Add dals, 1 cup of water, Salt and turmeric powder. Mix it. Add Broad beans
Close the lid to cook till 2 whistles. Once done open the lid and let it boil 
Add grinded paste mix well. Let it boil again
Switch it of and serve hot