This is such a versatile healthy side dish that can be served with Rice ,Roti or even with Dosai too ☺ The basic ‘koottu’ (கூட்டு) recipe contains 3 important components
1. Veggies – Pumpkin, Carrot,Eggplant,Drumstick, Snakegourd,Spinach,Chow Chow,Cabbage are the most commonly used vegetables.
2. Daal (lentils) – A cup of pressure cooked daal. It could be either a mix of moongdal and channa dal or just moongdal or toordal
3. Coconut Paste – This paste is essential. All you need is fresh coconut, green chilli & jeera. However if you want you can add peppercorns, ginger & garlic too
Once you have all this 3 components ready then you can put together kootu in ten minutes. In the below recipe I have used a variety of cucumber to prepare this koottu