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Today's Lunch Box had
Sun Dried Fries/ Vadiyalu
Cumin pepper Rasam
Dosakaya/ Yellow Cucumber - 1 medium
Toor Dal - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil - 1-2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
For the paste
Coconut - 2 -3 tsp
Green Chilies - 2 long
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Onions - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds + Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilies - 2 -3
Method to prepare:
Pressure cook the toor dal till soft. Mash well if you like.
Grind the coconut, green chilies and Cumin seeds to a smooth paste by adding some water. Keep it aside.
Wash and heat the pressure cooker again with oil, add the mustard, red chilies, curry leaves and then onions. Sauté for a min.
Once the paste gets cooked, add required quantity of water. Cover it with the lid and pressure cook for another whistle. The gravy you get is more of a thick but loose liquid, which goes excellent with steamed rice and vadams!
Note: This is no way an authentic way of making a kootu but then I never know one. Also I believe innovation leads to new dishes. But most important of all, Konda loved it, which should say a lot about this dish.
Adding red chilies was purely to satisfy hubby dear, you can omit it or increase the green chilies. And of course miss those onions too.