Sihi ( Sweet ) Kootu

Sihi ( Sweet ) Kootu

Sihi means sweet flavour. Every time I go to visit my close friend in Chikmagalur,  Malini Sarvothaman,  I request her to make this Kootu for me. A one dish meal,  you have plenty of veggies in this kootu. Thanks a lot Malini for sharing this recipe. This kootu goes well with plain rice, puri , parathas and phulkas. Do give a try.


Boiled Toovar dhal – 1/2 cup

Peeled and cubed WhitePumpkin- 1/2 cup

Peeled and cubed Chow- Chow – 1/2 cup

Peeled and cubed Carrot – 1

Peeled and cubed Potato – 1

Chopped Beans – 10

Broad Beans ( Avarekai ) – 6 ( stringed and chopped )

Snake gourd – 1 ( chopped )

Peeled and choppedYellow pumpkin – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Grated jaggery – 2 teaspoons

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Roast in oil and grind to a fine paste

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Urad dhal – 1 tablespoon

Black pepper – 6

Raw rice – 1 tablespoon

Coriander seeds – 1 pinch

Bydagi chillies – 5

Grated fresh coconut – 1/4 cup

( Roast all the above mentioned ingredients to a golden colour. Transfer to a plate. Cool. Blend to a fine paste with little water.)

To Season

Ghee – 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon

Jeera – 1 teaspoon

Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Peanuts – 1 handful

Finely chopped curry leaves – little


Heat a pan. Add some water. When the water boils, add the chopped white pumpkin, potato, snake gourd, carrots,beans, and the chow,chow. Boil on medium flame. Once the veggies are 3/4 done, add the chopped broad beans and the yellow pumpkin. Cook on medium flame. Once the veggies are done add the turmeric powder, salt to taste and the grated jaggery. Boil on sim flame for 3 minutes. Add the boiled dhal and the ground paste. Cook on sim flame for 5 minutes. The kootu would have thickened by now. Switch off the stove. Season. Mix and serve hot.

Chef’s Tips

1) Do not over cook the veggies. A slight crunch is just delicious

2) Let the kootu be a little thick. Do not make it very watery.







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