Huli, Saaru, Kootu are names of various south Indian delicacies that are enjoyed with white rice. Though the ingredients for spice mixture for all of them are more or less similar, there is a vast difference in the proportion of each ingredient that makes it unique. Kootu can be either huli kootu or sihi kootu. Tamarind is used in huli kootu and not sihi/seeh kootu. For Saaru (rasam), and Huli (sambar), it's okay to use premade spice powder but huli kootu tastes best if the spice mixture is made fresh. Adding fresh coconut definitely adds flavor to this dish, but even with no coconut, the huli kootu is just absolutey delicious. Different vegetables or a combination of vegetables can be used to prepare this dish. The popular ones are winter melon (white pumpkin), beans, brinjal, plantain etc. My mom usually adds peanuts when she prepares kootu with green beans. This gives an extra protein boost to the dish. Here is the recipe for huli kootu with green beans and peanuts.
Cooked toor dal - 2 cups
Tamarind - 1 lemon sized. soak in water and squeeze out the pulp.
(if using concentrate use 1 tsp for dark brown concentrate or 3 tsps for light brown concentrate. I used Lakshmi brand natural tamarind concentrate which is light brown concentrate)
Fresh green beans - chopped to half inch length - 1 and half cups
Dry peanuts - skinned - half cup
Oil for seasoning
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urud dal - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 2 springs
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - half teaspoon
Asafoetida powder - quarter teaspoon
Roast and grind the following:
1 table spoon - channa dal
1 table spoon - urud dal
1 teaspoon - black peppercorn
5 - dry red chillis
2 teaspoon - dhania (optional)
Fresh coconut - half cup (optional)
Roast all in a teaspoon of oil except coconut and grind it well with coconut and little water.
Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, when it pops, add urud dal and peanuts. Fry until the dal and peanuts become light brown. Add curry leaves and 2 to 3 cups water. Add the tamarind concentrate and allow the content to boil.
When the content heats up, add green beans, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder and salt and allow the content to boil until the vegetable is well cooked.
Pour in the prepared spice mixture and mix well.
Now, gently add the cooked toor dal and mix well.
bring to a boil and turn off heat.
Serve this with white rice and a dash of ghee or oil. Side with raitha or palya (cooked dry vegetable) or pappad (appala).
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