Koottu curry or koottukari is a traditional Kerala curry and an important dish in a sadya(feast). Koottu means combination and as the name implies, it is a combination of different vegetables like ashgourd, yam, raw banana/plantain and lentils like chickpeas or split bengal gram. Like most of the Kerala dishes, this dish is also loaded with coconut and what makes the koottu extra special is the addition of roasted coconut at the end which adds a unique flavor and lovely aroma.
The preparation of this koottu varies from region to region and mostly is made with yam, raw banana/plantain and brown chickpeas. Today I'm sharing a typical Brahmin style koottukari with ashgourd, yam and kadalai paruppu/chana dal. Koottu curry is my favorite dish among sadya recipes. I couldn't get fresh yam here, so I have used frozen yam. The frozen yam actually made my job easy and saved time too. If you are planning a onam sadya this time or even a mini sadya, try this easy and delicious koottu curry.
Notes and Tips
- You can also use frozen yam if fresh yam is not available.
- If using frozen yam, soak the chana dal for 30 minutes and cook the dal, ashgourd and yam together in kadai with enough water, turmeric powder, jaggery and salt.