I made kootu curry recently and I used a mystery vegetable in it. I'm not talking about the broccoli on the side. There is a vegetable in the kootu curry. Yes, this is a part of my new year's resolution to try new vegetables. This is 2 of 12 new food stuff to try this year.
So, what is this mystery vegetable? Can anybody take a guess? (Click on the picture to see an enlarged version)
The mystery vegetable contest ends!!! It was yellow squash, also called as summer squash that I used in the kootu curry.
Recipe for the Squash Kootu Curry: This is a lazy version of the traditional kootu curry, but it had the same great taste. Traditionally, the wet masala is made of coconut, cummin seeds and green chillies. I decided to forego the making of the masala and added the ingredients, without grinding them, in the curry. Heat oil and add some cummin seeds and roast them. Add chopped onions, green chillies (slit lengthwise) and some curry leaves. After the onions turn translucent, add channa dal (pre-soaked for 1/2 hr) and yellow squash (skin removed and chopped). Add a dash of tumeric powder and 2-3 tbsp of dry grated coconut powder (available in Indian stores). Saute for a few minutes. Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Wait till the pressure has been released and then add salt. simmer for 5-10 mins. Serve hot with rice.
Priya is the winner of the guessgame! I mailed you a copy of my collection, that I gathered from helpful souls, over the internet. It was fun having the guess game. Thanks for everybody who participated in this fun.