Suriya Kootu


(The name Suriya denotes the Sun, the yellow pumpkin for this cooking must be the offered and worshipped at the pongal day. This kootu is simple and tasty, this one is enough to enjoy the lunch time ponga choru.


Yellow Pumpkin, diced – 500g

White Chick peas – 30gm

Turmeric powder – a tsp

Salt to taste

Water as required

For Coarse coconut paste

Coconut, grated – 50gms

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Garlic – 1 nr (big size pod)

Green chilli – 5nrs

Curry leaf – a few

For Tempering

Coconut Oil – 3 tbsp

Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp

Curry leaf – a few

Dry Redchilli, broken – 1

Shallots, chopped – 2nrs

Method of preparation:

  1. Cut the yellow pumpkin into dices and soak the white chick peas overnight.
  2. Put the yellow pumpkin, white chick peas, salt, turmeric powder and water into the pressure cooker. Cook it for two whistles.
  3. Coarsely ground the coconut, cumin seeds, garlic and green chilli. Open the pressure cooker, gently break the pumpkin mixture and stir. Keep it over the simmering fire.
  4. Add the coarse ground coconut masala and mix well. Prepare the tempering and drop it over the kootu. Stir and turn off the stove. Serve with hot rice.

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