My comfort food is always rasam with any kind of kootu. Only recently we started buying celery and although I am not fond of eating it raw, we love it in cooked dishes like this one and stir fry. There are various variations to kootu and most of the time I prepare this kootu podi in bulk and add it to the vegetables and dal. This takes the blending step away and makes the preparation much easier for week nights. You can have kootu with rice or roti. Off to the recipe.
Gravy with celery and lentils.
- moong dal - 1/2 cup
- celery - 3 cups - diced (about 1 bunch roughly)
- oil - 1 tsp
- mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
- For Masala
- cumin seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
- coconut - 1 tbsp
- red chillies - 2 - 3 (adjust to taste)
Cook celery and dal together. Grind the ingredients for masala.
Heat oil and season with mustard seeds. Add the celery-dal mixture and masala; simmer on a low flame for few minutes. Serve with rice or roti.
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1. Cook celery and dal together. I used a pressure cooker.2. Cooked celery and dal.3. Take cumin seeds, coconut and red chillies in a blender.4. Blend well.5. Heat oil and season with mustard seeds. Add the celery-dal mixture and ground masala.6. Simmer on a low flame for few minutes. Serve with rice or roti.
Healthy kootu ready.