Valadi Kootu and Jeera Roti

Oh! What is this Valadi Kootu? Most of you will be wondering about this title. Valadi  is a place near Trichy in Tamil Nadu , famous for the temples. My cousin hails from this place. I learnt this kootu from her which is very easy to make and extremely delicious. Please try this recipe. You will enjoy. Goes well with phulka, rotis or steamed rice. Three vegetables which are high in water content are used in this. The recipe for you.

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VALADI  KOOTU

Ingredients:

Boiled toovar dhal (with a pinch of turmeric powder)  – 1 cup

Diced brinjals – 1 cup

Peeled and diced ridge gourd – 2 cups

Thinly sliced snake gourd – 2 cups

Water – Enough to boil the vegetables

Salt  to taste

Rice flour – 1 table spoon

Fry 4 red chillies in oil and crush coarsely with fingers.

To Season

Gingelly oil ( sesame oil) – 1 table spoon

Coconut oil – 1/2 table  spoon

Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Urad dhal – 1 table spoon

Curry leaves – 6

Asafoetida – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

Heat water in an open pan. First boil the snake gourd.when half done, add the brinjals. Boil for 10 minutes in a medium flame. add the ridge gourd. Boil for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste. Mix rice flour in little water and add it to the vegetable mix. Boil on sim flame for 3 minutes.  Add the boiled toovar dhal. Add the hand crushed red chillies. Season.

Mix well. Give a boil. Take off the flame. Serve hot with jeera roti!

Chef’s tips

Do not pressure cook the vegetables as they will lose their aroma.

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JEERA ROTI

Jeera roti is soft and tasty. Very simple.

Ingredients

Aashirwad multigrain atta – 2 cups

Whole jeera ( cumin seeds ) – 2 tbsp

Gingelly oil ( sesame oil ) – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Water – Enough to make a pliable dough

Refined sunflower oil and ghee – Mix in equal portions

Method

Take a plate. Add the multigrain flour, salt, jeera and gingelly oil. Mix well with the fingers. Add enough water to make soft roti dough. Cover and rest it for 1 hour. Make rotis. Cook on a tawa till golden brown with a mix of ghee and oil on both sides.

Serve hot jeera rotis with piping hot Valadi Kootu.

Every time we cannot serve rotis with rich gravies. A simple delicacy like this will be a good change.

Enjoy!!

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Please write your feedback to me. HAPPY COOKING!

 

 

 

 

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