Pidhukku Avarai Kootu (skin peeled Mochai Kottai)

Pidhukku Avarai Kootu is a unique and very tasty with simple ingredients.


Ingredients                        Measurement
Mochai Kottai                                       1½  cup
Small Onions                                        10
Tomato                              2  
Curry Leaves                    10
Turmeric powder                       1 tsp
Chili powder1½  cup
Coriander powder                           4 tsp
Mustard seeds                         1 tsp
Split Urad dal                                1 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing                                                  ½ tsp
Grated Coconut                              4 tbsp
Coriander leaves                         to garnish
Salt                                                      to taste
Fennel seeds1 tsp


1. Wash the Mochai Kottai and soak for overnight (~8 hours).
2. Next morning peel the skin, rinse the Pidhukku Avarai(skin peel Mochai Kottai) and keep aside.


Grind the coconut and fennel seeds in to a fine paste.
Chop onions and tomatoes.

1. Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds and split urad dal.
2. Once it is crackled, add dry red chili, curry leaves and hing.
3. Sauté for a while and add chopped onions, fry until it turns golden brown.
4. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook until it is soft and mushy.
5. Then add the spices chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
6. Cook until oil separates.
7. Add in the grated coconut and fennel seeds grounded paste to the pan.
8. Add 1 – 2 cups of water and also the Pidhukku Avarai(don’t use more water) to the pan.
9. Let it cook until it is soft (it will cook fast), don’t cook for long time. Check the salt and adjust.
10. Once the Pidhukku Avarai is cooked well, check the consistency.
11. Switch off the flame and transfer the gravy to another bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Enjoy the yummy Kootu. Can serve with rice or roti.


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