January 13, 2016

Pongal 7 Curry Kootu (7 vegetables Curry)

Pongal is celebrated as a Thanksgiving Day when people show gratitude to the Sun God for giving bumper harvest and pray for his grace to shower abundance and prosperity in the coming days.  It is also the day when Sun begins its northward journey, causing change of season.Newly harvested rice is cooked with milk and Jaggery  called Pongal. Along with this sweet this mixed vegetable curry with newly harvested root vegetables and green vegetables are made in large quantity which is kept for the next day also. 

Pre time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients for making Pongal Kootu/Curry (Mixed vegetable Curry):

Few pieces from each vegetable like:
Yellow pumpkin, Ash-gourd, Field beans(Mochai), Arbi/Tara root/Sepan kizhangu, Drumstick, Broad beans, Sweet potato, Carrot etc.,

Tasmarind juice extracted from a large size lemon 750 ml
Thur dal 1 cup pressure cooked 
Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Jagerry piece a small gooseberry size
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds
Oil 3 tea spoons
Hing powder 1/4 tea spoon

For Curry Gravy:

Coriander seeds 3 tb spoons

Chana dal (bengal gram) 1 tb spoon

Red chillies 8

Urad dal 2 tea spoon

Fenugreek seeds(Vendhayam) 1/4 tea spoon

Oil 2 tea spoons

Freshly grated coconut 2 tb spoons

In a pan heat oil and fry all the items except coconut to golden brown and keep aside. In the same pan fry the coconut till the colour starts to change and add to the roasted items. Once the stuff gets cooled grind them to paste and keep aside.

How to make Pongal Kootu/Curry (Mixed vegetable Curry)?

In a broad pan or cooker bottom add all the veggies with tamarind water, salt and turmeric powder.
Allow them to boil till the veggies become soft.

Add the hing powder, Jaggery and boiled Thur dal and mix well.let them boil for 3 minutes.
Now add the ground paste to it and mix well.
Add more fresh curry leaves. Let them all boil together for 5 minutes.
Now switch off the stove.
Do the seasoning in oil with mustard seeds and curry leaves and add to the kootu.