Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Koottu Curry ~ Channa,Yam and Raw banana curry

Its been a while since I posted,was away in Ekm during the Onam week.Had a great time with family,had Ona sadya,went for a short one-day trip to Athirampally-vazhachal falls,went to a few temples,attended a wedding and came back to Chennai with a sulking face.Hubby always has a grin on his face whenever he sees me sulking and says that I behave like a kid.Come on..I feel sad that I couldn't spend more time with my parents.Its totally a different story as to I will always behave like this even if we come back from a month's holiday..or a years(if ever I get such a luxury!!).

Amma packed a whole lot of goodies for me on our way back.The one which topped the list was home grown Yam/Surnu/Chena.We have a small piece of land near our house where my parents have a small time vegetable garden.Appa got some freshly dug out yams and I happily bought it along.I should say they taste better than store bought ones.They cook pretty fast and are soft and tasty.
As we were still reeling from a sadya hangover,I prepared this koottu kari.This is one of the first sadya dishes I learnt to prepare.I absolutely love the sweet-peppery taste of this curry laden with roasted of hubby's favorites too.

Koottu curry


Kadala/Bengal gram/Black channa - 100gms(a handful)
Yam and raw banana - 1 cup,chopped into small cubes
Crushed pepper - 1 tsp
Grated jaggery - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

To be ground to a paste
Grated coconut - 3/4 cup
Jeera - 1 tsp

For the tadka/seasoning
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup


Soak the kadala/channa overnight and cook in a pressure cooker till done.
Add the yam and raw banana cubes and cook for another whistle(or till done)-drain the water or cook till the water dries up because the curry has to be semi-solid.
Add crushed pepper,jaggery and salt to taste,let it boil.
Add the ground paste and stir well-simmer.
Prepare seasoning in a pan with oil,mustard seeds,curry leaves and coconut.
When the coconut turns a golden brown colour,add it to the simmering curry and give a final stir.
Drizzle with some more coconut oil,serve hot!!


  1. good to see you after a long time..this looks really good..nice recipe..
    I agree I too feel the same after coming back from india..Initial few days are really depressing until we get back to a routine...

  2. Welcome back!! Glad u had a good time at Maika :-) Its always less how ever long u stay.. we all sulk on return i am sure.
    Kottu curry is new to me, looks good...

  3. Home=grown surnu! Wow..u r right abt the market ones, they either dont cook or turn mushy! The kootu recipe is new to me, looks tasty..(pepper+jagg+surnu combo is new)U will get around soon, the routine work will ensure that! Cheer up!:D

  4. Nice to see you after a break. I have been thinking of making this for sometime. Now after seeing ur post, I can't wait to prepare this.

  5. Good to see you back..was just thinking I should ping to ask what happ...great to know you enjoyed! looks great

  6. hi divya,kottu curry looks yummy and it sounds different

  7. Athirampalli is beautiful isn't it.
    I think that last time i went there was when i was dating my hubby and that was atleast 20 years ago.
    Love the kootu curry.

  8. I remember eating this at my neighbour's house during Onam... love it!

  9. yam and chana is a splendid combo!! looks delicious

  10. Sowmya..thanks,I am glad someone shares my sentiments on this..;-)!!

    Seema..thank you.You said it..I am slowly coming back to routine..!!

    Purnima'di..thank you.Hom grown surnu does make a difference,I never like those ones we get here,no flavor at all.I am coming back to routine..thanks!!

    Jayasree..thanks.Glad that my post reminded you of this dish!!

    Srivalli..thanks.Its great to know that I was missed..;-)!!

    Pavani..thanks,do try it!!

    HC..Athirampally is too beautiful and was drizzling while we were there,fantastic.Why don't you make a trip there to relive those memories..;-)!!

    Laavanya..yup it is a main dish for the sadya during Onam!!



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