Saturday 9 November 2013

Beetroot Kootu with Chana Dal/Kadalai Paruppu

Beetroot kootu is a very nutritious and healthy dish that can be served with either white rice or with rotis or any Indian bread. Kootu is a very traditional food served in Tamil Nadu as a part of lunch menu and no feast (virundhu) is complete without kootu. Kootu is nothing but cooking vegetables and dals together and finally tempering them. Kootu can be done with different combination of vegetables and dals. Beetroot kootu is mostly done with moong dal, here I have done it with chana dal just like my mom. Check out the other kootu varieties here.

Here’s how to make Beetroot Kootu with step by step photos…

2 [Peeled & chopped to small pieces]
Chana dal/Kadalai Paruppu
½ cup
1 finely chopped
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Dry red chillies
2 tsp
As needed
Curry leaves
5-6 leaves

To Grind
Grated coconut
3 tbsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Green chillies
Black Pepper corns
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes 
Wash and soak the chana dal/kadalai paruppu for at least 30 minutes.

Grind the ingredients mentioned for grinding to fine paste with little water and keep it aside for later.

Pressurecook the chanadal/kadalai paruppu with chopped beetroot and salt, with 3 cups of water for 3 to 4 whistles in a cooker.  

Heat oil in a kadai, splutter the mustard seeds, then add cumin seeds, dry red chillies, curry leaves and sauté them well.

Now add the onions and sauté until translucent.

Add the cooked beetroot and add it to the sautéed onions and mix really well.

Add the ground coconut paste and mix well, let it cook for another 3 minutes and switch off the stove. Adjust the water level according to the required consistency.

Delicious and healthy Beetroot Kootu with Chana Dal is ready to be enjoyed.

  • I have cooked the dal & beet root in pressure cooker, you can cook it on stove top in that case soak the dal for at least 2 hours.
  • The chana dal should not turn mushy; it should be cooked and soft.
  • Adjust the water consistency according to your need.
  • The addition of coconut paste is optional, you can skip that and still they will taste great.
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  1. Looks deliciously yummy :D Healthy side dish

  2. Beautiful awesome flavors and vibrant color.

  3. Healthy and delicious recipe..

  4. Nice kootu.Never made with this dal.looks yum

  5. delicious and healthy recipe looks interesting Priya...

  6. This is new to me , never seen or heard of this dish... Looks so healthy and yummy.
    Keep in touch,

  7. This version is diff from mine. will give a try !

  8. Wow..very healthy kootu...tempting color dear!!

  9. lovely side dish for rice! :) I love beetroot for its color n no doubt, the benefits :)

  10. Thanks a lot for responding for my queries priya

  11. sounds like a nice combo,looks so rich,will try this way when cook beetroot next time

  12. wow this one is super healthy... love to try this soon

  13. Beetroot kootu looks delicious and is healthy too, thanks for sharing :)

  14. Very catchy and colourful kootu..FIngerlicking definitely..

  15. Beetroot kootu looks delicious. A perfect one to accompany rice and sambar.

  16. very very delicious kootu and a healthy one !!

  17. Thank you all friends for your lovely and wonderful comments...

  18. Healthy & delicious kootu. Thanks for linking.


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