Vishu Special – Olan and Koottu Curry


  1. Cow peas ( vanpayar) – 100gms
  2. Winter melon(Kumbhalanga) – 200gms
  3. Green Chilly (slit lengthwise) – 2
  4. Coconut milk -1/4 cup
  5. Curry leaves
  6. Salt


  1. Soak cowpeas overnight .
  2. Peel and cut kumbhalanga into medium pieces.
  3. Pressure cook peas till soft.Add kumbhalanga pieces to it and cook till done.
  4. Then add coconut milk and boil on low flame for 2-3 mins
  5. Remove from heat.Add coconut oil to it.
  6. Garnish with curry leaves.

Malabar Koottu Curry


  1. Black chick peas(kadala) – 100gms
  2. Raw plantain (medium) – 2
  3. Elephant Yam (chena) – 200gms
  4. Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  5. Cumin seeds(jeerakam) – 1/2 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp
  7. Green chilly -2
  8. Ginger (cut into small pieces) -1/2 inch piece
  9. Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  10. Dry red chilly – 3
  11. Curry leaves 1 sprig
  12. Sugar – a pinch
  13. Urad dal -1/4tsp
  14. Coconut pieces (thinly sliced ) – 1tbsp
  15. Salt to taste
  16. Coconut oil


  1. Soak kadala over night.Next day pressure cook with little salt and keep aside.
  2. Grind grated coconut together with jeera,turmeric powder into a coarse paste.
  3. Peel yam,plantain and cut into medium slices
  4. Cook the veggies with green chilly,ginger, salt and water till soft.
  5. Add the cooked chick peas to it.
  6. Add the coconut paste to it and mix well.
  7. Turn off the stove.Add sugar to it and stir well.(or u can use jaggery for sweet taste)
  8. For tempering, heat oil in a pan.Splutter mustard seeds.Add urad dal,dry red chilly, curry leaves ,coconut pieces to it and fry till light brown in color and add this mix to the curry.
  9. Serve warm with rice.


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10 Responses

  1. Arundathi says:

    Thanks a lot. I got a lot of recipes and have made most of the sadhya food, but had no idea how to make the kootu curry! thanks so much!

  2. susma says:

    hi these recipes are new to me.. Happy Vishu

  3. Happy Cook says:

    Happy Vishu to you and your family.

  4. mallugirl says:

    vishu aasamsakal 🙂 didn’t realize u were back in the kitchen.:) so lots of eating and cooking on now? will try ur kootu curry soon. my mom makes this with chickpeas.

  5. Daily Meals says:

    Happy Vishu Prajusha! Nice recipes.

  6. Seena says:

    Praju, sadya adichupolichalle..We bought parcels.. 😀

  7. Cham says:

    The koottu curry looks awesome. Happy Vishu to u and loved ones .

  8. Kaykat says:

    This koottu curry sounds delicious – I’ve never used kadalai with yams and plantains.

  9. saswati says:

    a happy Vishu to you Prajusha…alittle late though…..gr8 curry and anew recipe to me:)

  10. Shri says:

    We make a koottu similar to this but do not use ginger. It is interesting to know the variations, all of them delicious!

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