Pachai Malli Kootu
Pachai Malli in Tamil is green Coriander leaves. This herb is rich in vitamins, iron and calcium and green coriander leaves has got many medicinal properties too .
This Kootu is very nostalgic to me. It is my grand mother ‘s recipe. I am extremely pleased to share this recipe with you. We have been making and enjoying this Kootu for decades. Goes well with soft dosa, puri, phulka and plain rice. Can make it in a jiffy.
Boiled toovar dhal – 1/2 cup
Peeled and cubed potatoes – 1 cup
Cubed brinjals – 1 cup
Chopped tomatoes – 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder – 3 pinches
Salt to taste
Jaggery – a very small piece
Water – 4 cups
Grind to a fine paste
Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
Dried red chillies – 5 ( roasted in oil )
Rice flour – 2 teaspoons
Grind the above mentioned ingredients to a fine paste with little water.
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Finely chopped green coriander leaves – 2 cups
Heat a pan. Add water. First cook the cubed potatoes on medium flame. When potatoes are half done, add the cubed brinjals and the chopped tomatoes. Cook on sim flame. Once the veggies are cooked, add salt to taste, jaggery and the ground paste. Cook on sim flame for 5 minutes. The Kootu will become thick. Switch off the stove. Season and garnish. Mix well. Serve hot.
1) Chop the potatoes and the brinjals to big cubes.
2) Do not add curry leaves, the flavour of the green coriander leaves is just superb.