Monday, July 4, 2011

Watermelon & Banana Blossom Kootu

If someone says no to any particular vegetable at home, the next time i'll definitely prepare that veggie as kootu, personally i felt its quite a quick and best way to sneak veggies..Fortunately my picky eaters love kootu and this time i tried a rare and delicious combo for making kootu, i used the white part of the watermelon and banana blossom together to prepare this healthy,delicious and beautiful gravy along with a combination of moongdal and channadal, serve this kootu with papads or with any spicy meat dishes as side dish i can definitely say that you will have a wonderful,comforting and absolutely filling lunch or dinner, also since i cooked the veggies along with the dals, none will notice the veggies you used in this yummy kootu..We had this kootu for our lunch with some fried chicken pieces few days back and everyone at home just loved it..



2cups Watermelon white rinds (chopped)
1/2cup Banana Blossom (chopped & soaked in buttermilk)
1/4cup Moongdal(washed)
1/2cup Channadal (washed)
1no Onion (chopped)
2nos Green chillies (slit opened)
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
Few curry leaves
1tsp Mustard seeds, urad dal & cumin seeds
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
Coriander leaves (chopped)

To grind:
1tbsp Channa dal
2tbsp Coriander seeds
1/4tsp Fenugreek seeds
3nos Dry red chillies
2tbsp Grated coconut

Dry roast the channa dal, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds,grated coconut and dry red chillies and grind them as fine powder, keep aside...

Heat enough oil in a pressure cooker,let splutters the mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and asafoetida powder, add immediately the chopped onions and slit opened green chillies, saute until the onions turns transculent..now add the watermelon white rinds,banana blossom (strain the buttermilk), salt and turmeric powder, saute for few minutes, add the washed dals and enough water...Pressure cook upto 3 whistles..

Once the steam get released, add the spice powder as per need and curryleaves..bring everything to boil and put off the stove...garnish the coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or rotis...

35 comments:

  1. Oh Priya, This is something very interesting koottu agree with u any veggies not liked by the family goes into koottuu. This is a very aromatic koottu shd try ur method soon!!

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  2. Nice innovative kootu, looks so yummy!

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  3. very innovative Priya...looks awesome...:)

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  4. Healthy kootu dear... Delicious way to sneak in veggies...

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  5. my mom makes kootu with vazhapoo but adding watermelon sounds interesting.

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  6. That's a very interesting combination...looks good

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  7. Nice combo,quite unique too priya!

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  8. its so yummy!! Very innovative one

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  9. I love banana blossom .. looks so yummy Priya.

    Vardhini
    Event: Fast food not Fat food

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  10. What a unusual and tasty combo of veggies!!! Loved the recipe :)

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  11. Waow, Priya, this is such a delicious and ingenious way of using the white part of watermelon! It sounds so flavourful :-)

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  12. Kootu looks colourful Priya.........

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  13. Tempting koottu..I love to have it rice..Nice nice idea Priya.

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  14. Really very innovative and healthy reicipe..

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  15. Interesting and innovative recipe. I liked the addition of watermelon. Looks delicious and yummy.

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  16. you have the talent..you make it so tasty ..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  17. absolutely ingenious! would have never even thought of using this combination :) amazing recipe priya!

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  18. wow dear...very nice with rice or rotis...love the bright colour

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  19. So delicious Kuttu,innovative recipe...

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  20. Wow.....such an exotic preparation....!!! Very innovative..

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  21. sounds so unique...wat a nice combination....nice post priya...:)

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  22. It's amazing how useful watermelon rind can be in Indian cuisine...to think we just toss it out!
    Sound and looks so delicious with all the spices that I love so much:D

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  23. I have not eaten banana blossom for years! My mom used to cook it! Your version looks delicious!

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  24. Nice combo, very new for me, have to try this delicious kootu.

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  25. I never had banana blossom and this combination looks very interesting...shall give it a try soon..

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  26. Amazing innovative kootu. Banana blossoms are my favourite.

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  27. I will relish a bowl full of the kootu alone...send me some, we are both just hop skip jump across the sea and two countries down!

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  28. again new combination of kottu i thing it is perfct with rice

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  29. It is really amazing how such rare combinations click in your mind. :-) I never knew that the white part of watermelon is edible as a veggie. Next time, I shall make a note of it not to waste it. The kootu looks lovely :-)

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  30. wow, that is such an interesting and delicious looking picture and recipe. wow, what an invention dear :)
    US Masala

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  31. Fascinating. Watermelon rind and banana blossoms sound so intriguing, and what a lovely bright bowl of healthfulness. Thanks again, Priya, for another fine MLLA recipe.

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