Kootu powder

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Kootu powder

How long it takes: 15 mins

Kootu is a South Indian recipe prepared by many comunities as per their own ways.  I have already put up Phagila koot (Kantola Koot) which is a G.S.B recipe and is totally different in its ingredients – we do not use a powder for this dish and instead make it with a wet masala. This Kootu powder which i am putting up today is a Tamilian recipe which I borrowed from my daughter-in-law’s mother. I was well received at home and so, I thought of putting up the powder followed by the Kootu recipe. Here it is:

What you need to have:

1. Bengalgram Dal – 2 Tablespoon

2. Blackgram Dal – 3 Tableaspoon

3. Pepper corns – 1 Level Tablespoon

4. Cumin seeds – 2 Teaspoons

5. Asafoetida(soft) – Size of a Tamarind seed

6. Red chilly (Byadgi) – 15

7. Copra (Dried coconut) / Grated coconut – 2 Tablespoons

Ingredients of Kootu powder

What you do with what you have:

1.Place a spatula with 4 teaspoons of cooking oil in on low flame. Fry asafoetida till done and keep it aside. In the same oil, fry cumin seeds and pepper corns in till done.

Pepper corns, cumin seeds being fried in oil

2. Empty the spatula and adding little more oil fry bengalgram dal in it. When half done add blackgram dal to it and fry together till crispy and light brown.

Bengalgram dal & blackgram dal being fried in oil

3. Dry roast copra in the spatula till crispy and light brown in colour. Empty it and fry red chilly in oil till crispy on low flame only. Be careful to ensure that it is not burnt.

Copra being dry roasted

4. Cool the roasted ingredients and is as shown in the image below.

Roasted ingredients of Kootu powder

5. Grind it in the mixer to a medium coarse consistency.

Ready-to-use Kootu powder

How long it takes: 15 mins

Good to remember:

1. One can modulate the number of chillies used according to the level of spice one prefers.

2. Store it in air-tight container in the freezer if to be used for a long time.


3 thoughts on “Kootu powder

    Hari Chandana said:
    June 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Very useful recipe.. thanks for sharing !!
    Indian Cuisine

    Swamy said:
    July 10, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Procedure and descriptjion are fine. I also appreciate the
    photos displayed.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 10, 2011 at 9:00 am


      Thanx a lot for ur comments.

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