Onam Special - Koottu Curry

  • 1 cup black chick peas, soaked in water for at least 3 hours
  • 1/2 cup plantain(pachakkaya) cut into chickpea sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup elephant yam(Chena) cut into cut into chickpea sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 4-5 pearl onions, skinned
  • Jeerakam/Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Few Curry leaves
  • few dry coconut chunks(thenga kothu)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Mustard seeds
  • Salt as required
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or pepper powder
Cook the chick peas with water and salt until soft(Use a pressure cooker to cook fast). In a thick bottomed
vessel, cook the plantain and yam with enough water to just cover the vegetables, add turmeric powder and salt.Keep the vessel covered to prevent drying out. When the vegetables are soft add the cooked chick peas, along with some of the water used to cook chick peas. In another pan slightly fry the coconut, black pepper with the pearl onions.Coarse grind this mixture with cumin and add to the cooked chick peas . Mix well and let the water evaporate. Splutter the mustard seeds in coconut oil and then add the dried chillies and dry coconut chunks (thenga kothu), Pour this over the prepared koottu curry. Serve with rice


  1. Hey I come to know through your post that chena is calle elephant yam...

    This appears to be a good recipe... heard it for first time...

  2. Nice & a simple one vrinda...Nice pic

  3. Looks colorful and delicious...

  4. I don't know what elephant Yam but your dish sure looks pretty with colors!

  5. Wow! i love mallu cuisine and u seem to share of my favs. :-)

  6. new recipe..looks colorful and yumm

  7. I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for the wonderful presentation. Koottu curry looks delicious and I will definitely try it out.
    You are welcome in my blogs.

  8. Nice and healthy recipe dear.. i loved this black channa, plaintain and yam combo will try one day..

  9. Thats simply superb!...maybe you can reduce a bit of yellow shade on your pictures...I LOVE kerala dishes!..you got me drooling here

  10. What a wonderful curry with chickpeas & plantains - yum!

  11. Thats again somewhat different from all the koottucurrys i know..hey,so we have plenty of them from region to region..looks terrific

  12. i make in a different way..ingredients and quantity is the same, except chickpeas.... but i slightly grind coconut with shallots and jeera, den rost it in pan..+ vegetables.. :)this snap is really awesome.. :)

  13. nice koottu carry looks so mouthwatering.

  14. I've never had black chickpeas! This looks wonderful - love the yam and coconut!

  15. Mouth watering! perfect with rotis!

  16. hai guys, happy to see kannur dishes, koottucurry took me back to my mom. she used to add more coconut than you said.thanks .


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