Thursday, September 8, 2016

Black-eyed Peas & Watermelon Rind Kootu

Its summer here, obviously summer fruits are easily available in every farmer's market. Needless to say watermelons started showing their heads and last week we bought a huge watermelon from farmer's market. After having them instead of trashing their rinds, i usually use them for making some nutritious dishes. Dont ever trash the white rinds after having watermelon, they makes wonderful foods.This dal based gravy makes an excellent meal when served along with rice and papads. Usually i make kootus with loads of vegetables, but this time when i planned for making a kootu dish, i simply went in preparing this protein rich black-eyed peas with watermelon rinds. Kootu have their important place in our weekly menu, if i want to feed my kids with vegetables i will immediately go for making kootus.

Black-eyed peas & watermelon rind kootu,Vegan Black-eyed peas Kootu

Coming to this lipsmacking kootu, this gravy is absolutely a delicious, nutritious and very easy gravy to prepare.You can turn your leftover cooked black-eyed peas or any other cooked beans as kootu with any sort of veggies. Since i had some white rinds of watermelon sitting in my fridge, i prepared making this kootu and this kootu goes awesome with rice for lunch, or else for dinner along with rotis. Personally, dishing out kootu is one of the best way to sneak this protein rich black-eyed peas in our menu. If you are follower of my space, you might have noticed that am running a whole month of blogging marathon with 5 ingredients for 5 weeks. And i picked dry beans, obviously the star ingredients for this week is Black-eyed peas. Hence am posting this fingerlicking goodness gravy for my today's post.

Watermelon, Black-eyed Peas Kootu

1+1/2cups Watermelon (white part & chopped)
1cup Cook Black-eyed peas
1/2cup Yellow Moong dal
1no Onion (chopped)
1no Tomato (chopped)
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1tsp Mustard seeds, urad dal & cumin seeds
3nos Dry red chillies
Few curry leaves
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
Chopped coriander leaves

To Grind:
2tbsp Grated coconut
3nos Green chillies
1tsp Cumin seeds
1tsp Peppercorns

Grind all the ingredients given under the list 'To Grind' as fine paste with some water.

Meanwhile wash the yellow moong dal and keep aside for few minutes.

Heat a tsp of oil, add the chopped onions, chopped tomatoes and saute for until the onions turns transculent, add the chopped watermelon pieces, saute until the veggies get half cooked.

Now add the soaked dal,cooked black-eyed peas with turmeric powder, salt to the cooking veggies.

Vegan Beans & Watermelon Rind Kootu

Add enough water and pressure cook everything upto 3 hisses.

Heat enough oil, fry the mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds along with asafoetida powder and curry leaves keep aside.

Once the pressure get released, add this tempered spices, grounded paste and cook for few minutes,put off the stove.

Serve with rice.
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vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Watermelon rind in a curry ! Very interesting I must say so . Priya you have some innovative and surprising recipes . Awesome dear .

MySpicyKitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Kootu with watermelon rind and black eyed peas is lip smacking said... Reply To This Comment

Healthy way of utilizing watermelon rind

Nalini's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious looking kottu,nice way to use the watermelon rind..

Kalyani said... Reply To This Comment

I make this kootu with exactly the same masala and with ash gourd instead of watermelon .. One of my fav kootu varieties

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

That is a great way of using water melon rind in recipes. This kootu looks so yum..

cookingwithsapana said... Reply To This Comment

I have used the rind once to make a curry.The black eyed peas combo sounds delicious.

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Very interesting combo.

Srividhya said... Reply To This Comment

watermelon rind in kootu..? very interesting. Need to try this and also the dosa. Great share

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

How innovative Priya! Only you could come up with combinations like this. Looks wonderful.

Archana said... Reply To This Comment

Sounds interesting. I have made muraba with the rind this kootu sounds yum

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

What a fantastic kootu with karamani and rind..that is so healthy priya.

Smruti Ashar said... Reply To This Comment

Such an interesting dish you got there! The combination sure looks unique.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious priya, i love kootu's as u said easiest way to get some more proteins in our diet.

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

That is a delicious kootu with an unusual combo of ingredients.

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

I've heard a lot about cooking with watermelon rind but never tried it myself. Your kootu looks very healthy & delicious.

Sowmya :) said... Reply To This Comment

I have never tried cooking the watermelon rind. It looks amazing with the black eyed peas.

S Pai said... Reply To This Comment

Just made this recipe as didn't want to waste watermelon rind. Absolutely delicious. The recipe was easy to follow. Thank you. Will try other recipes later.

S Pai said... Reply To This Comment

Just made this recipe. It was absolutely delicious. What a good use of the rind. Will try other recipes later. Thank You.

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

in udipi they use watermelon rind too...but differently this is great way to try