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Malabar Style Koottu Curry

Posted by Annita on October 5, 2006

This is quite a late post,I prepared this Koottu curry around 1 month back for our Malayalee Association OnaSadya.In my place,we don’t normally prepare any Kottu curry for the Sadya.So when the program co-ordinators asked me to bring a Koottu curry,I directly called my mother-in law.She gave me the recipe for a Vada Koottu curry(popular in Trivandrum),which has pieces of ‘Uzhunnu Vada‘(Urad Dal Vada) dipped in it.I was lazy to put so much effort and was also short of time,so asked my friend for an easy recipe for Koottu curry.And I got this Malabar style Koottu curry recipe from her,she too had to call her amma in calicut for this.Thanks Shuba,for all the efforts and help,we all really loved the dish.I will surely be posting a Trivandrum Style Vada curry soon.

Malabar Koottu Curry
Koottu Curry

Back to the recipe:-


Black Chickpeas cooked- 1 cup
Raw Plantain diced – 1 big
Yam/Suran diced – 1 cup
(I had to prepare the curry in large quantity,so I added many other veggies also.The vegetables I’ve used are:-Carrots,Pumpkin,Cucumber and Potato(altogether 1 cup))

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp

Grated Coconut – 1 cup
Whole Red Chillies – 5
Jeera Seeds – 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Urad Dal- 1/2 tsp
Thinly Sliced Coconut – 2 tsp
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig

Coconut Oil – as needed
salt – to taste
Sugar – 1/2 tsp(Optional-Use only if you like the curry to be a little sweet)


Cook all the vegetables adding turmeric powder,red chilly powder,salt and enough water until soft and tender.Add cooked chickpeas into it and mix them together.Grind together grated coconut,whole red chillies and jeera seeds to a coarse paste.Add this ground paste into the cooked veggies and stir well.Switch off the stove.Mix in sugar if you are adding it.(If you are using sweet veggies like pumpkin and carrots,there’s no need to add sugar.)
Heat oil in a pan and pop the mustard seeds.Throw in dal,coconut slices and curry leaves into it and fry it till brown.Add the seasoning to the curry.Mix well and serve hot with rice.


29 Responses to “Malabar Style Koottu Curry”

  1. Vimala said

    seems to be a very easy preparable dish n also mouth watering, will definately try it. thanks Anita.

    Thanks for dropping by,Vimala

  2. Jayashree said

    Hi Annita,
    Nice recipe….I make the masala for the kootu curry the same way,but instead of chick peas i use channa dal and usually I add only one vegetable….mostly pumpkin.

    Thanks Jayasree..I’ll be trying out ur way also sometime.

  3. Bhargavi said

    Nice dish Annita!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks Bhargavi

  4. Archana said

    Hi Annita,
    This is one of my favorite veg curries. It is pretty popular in our place, but is not an absolute must have for an Onam sadya, but for my mother it is. There is black pepper in the recipes used in our part and there is always a little bit of jaggery added. But i love kootucurry from all regions of Kerala, Trivandrum style vada curry is super delicious. I hope you will share your MIL’s recipe with us some day. Thank you.

    I’ll also try with pepper powder next time, Archana. And i’ll surely be posting a Vada curry soon.


  5. Shuba said

    Hey nice one…looks like how amma makes at home :-) happy to hear that u guys liked it…i havent made this in a while…will try soon…

    Thanks Shuba


  6. Hey Anita,
    My mom makes kootu curry the same way… kootu curry and eliserry are the same???

    Even I wonder whether they are same…!!And whats the difference between elissery and erissery…


    • maya said

      Elissery and Erissery r same.The main diff. between erissery and Koottukari is ;in koottukari we use Chana dal

  7. shaheen said

    This is so familiar! Thanks for posting.Hope you will post the TVM vada version too soon.

    I’ll surely post it Shaheen


  8. Asha said

    I love kootus,I made some yesterday!! Your’s looks soo thick and delicious!I will have try this one!! Thanks Annita!

    Try it out Asha,u’ll surely like it..Even I love all type of Koottu’s


  9. Thanks Chechi

    Nice recipes! A big hi and lots of love from members of the Malayali Association of Townsville, Australia.


    Many many thanks,Nikesh..My regards to all malayali Association members in Townsville,Australia.


  10. mincy said


    thanks for this receipe – will try it soon…
    we make it in a different way. we fry the grated coconut and then mix with vegs and chickpeas (at times my mom add some dried red beans (van payar). also v add a little bit of tamarind.
    its one of my fav dishes.

    Thanks for letting me know about your version,Micy.I’ll be trying it out sometime soon.


  11. prema said

    Kootu curry looks yummy..

    Thanks Prema


  12. My mom makes the same curry and its super delish…ur’s looks better though. I checked all ur recipes and I am impressed. Authentic kerala dishes and the nice step-by-step detailing make me come back again i guess. hey annitha..thanks for visiting my blog.

    And i’m very much impressed with your blog too,Maneka.I really love the way you present the dishes..


  13. RP said

    How come I don’t know about this curry!? Sounds new to me, and looks so inviting. I will try it out soon annita.

    Try it out and lemme know about it RP.


  14. Rg said

    this sounds good to me. a slight variation of erisseri right? I mean, black kadala instead of regular toor daal/channa daal/black-eye peas and browned thin slices of coconut instead of browned grated coconut, right? Will try this one and let you know how it turned out.

    Yeah..its something like erissery only.Try this one too,Rg.


  15. Sumy said

    Honestly maintained blog.I was searching for authentic kerala dishes and its here. Thanks a lot and keep adding more. Happy cooking.

    Thanks for visiting my blog,Sumi..Mre recipes will be added soon..


  16. nalu123 said

    Hi Annitha,

    The dish looks delicious. The recipe seems simlar to ‘poricha kootu’ that my amma makes at home.This is my first comment in your blogsite though I have visited it many times for recipes. Inspired by the many great Indian Kitchen blogs I too have started one. Please do visit my blog at

    I’ve visted your blog,and you’ve got a very good one there.Keep it up and welcome top the blogging world,Nalini.


  17. Vimala said

    Hi Anita,
    It is long since that u have posted any recipies. Waiting eagerly for some new recipies. Hope ur doin gud. How is ur little one doin??

    I’m really happy to see your comment Vimala.Thank you very much for your concern.My lil’ one is doing fine.We were out for a short vaccation last week.I’ll be updating the blog real soon.


  18. minva said


    koottucurry is seen aroun kottayam, ekm, belt.



  19. Ganesh said


    Thanks for the recipe.
    I have been searching for a recipe after i bought Pumpkin when i first saw the same in Finland super market.
    It was really nice and was easy too to make the curry as per the recipe.
    Thanks for the same


    I’m happy to hear that you liked the recipe,Ganesh..Do visit my blog when time permits..

  20. Ambili said

    Hi Annita,

    I am a regular visitor of ur blog ….really appreciates the efforts u r taking ………

    Rgding koottu curry one suggestion which my amma used to do in kerala ……koottu curry is one of her master piece :-) ) …..stir fry some grated coconut till it is red and add it to the curry ….it tastes really good …..


  21. Veena said

    Dear Annita,
    The correction or rather the other style of “Malabar Kootu Curry” is prepared by roasting the grated coconut with jeera, ginger , curry leaves and black pepper before grinding. Hop u r going to try this out.

  22. Sree said

    Hi Annita,
    I just tried this and came out good.I put only pumpkins though.But tastes good nevertheless.Thank you :)

    Thanks for the comment,Sree.haven’t tried this with only pumpkins…anyways a good way to finish off the pumpkins,huh…:))

  23. Poornima said

    Written in a way that anyone can cook it easily with the apt taste. So many times my mom said this, i used to forget it. But Annita has given a proper recipe and thanks to her. This has always been my favorite in any sadhya.

    Poornima, Tamil Nadu

  24. Anitha said

    Hi Annita,
    Tried your recipe for Malabar Chicken Biryani and it turned out wonderful! thanks a lot. I’m a working mother in Bangalore and hardly get time to experiment on things of my interest like embroidery, painting, cooking etc.. You seem to be doing such a lot of things.. The pics of cakes are superb. Whenever I want a recipe I now visit your site..
    Just became a big fan of yours…
    Best wishes and regards,

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    hai annita,
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