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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Simple Subzis ~ Beets & Carrots with Toordal


The first round of BM#15 ends today and my posts under "accompaniments" theme so far have been
1. Peanut - Roasted Chickpeas Powder
2. Cabbage - Moongdal Curry
3. Eggplant - Tomato - Cilantro Chutney
4. Idli Milagai Podi
5. Beans - Carrot with Sesame Powder
6. Chayote Peels Chutney

And coming to today's post, this is a typical example of everyday simple home cooking from Andhra region. A koora, dry vegetable preparation is mandatory in most of the homes and addition of dals like toor, moong or chana to them is common. This style curry usually does not include coconut / onion in a typical Brahmin household.
Beans, cabbage, snake gourd, beetroot are some of the vegetables where toor dal is added. The dal needs to be cooked until firm before adding to the curry and sauteed for a few minutes.

Ingredients for about 4 servings:
1 beetroot & 2 carrots - peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 cup cooked toordal / lentils
1/4 cup shredded, fresh coconut (Optional but recommended)
1 tsp chili powder
Salt to taste
For tadka: 1 Tbsp oil, 1 tsp each - mustard seeds, Bengal gram / chana dal, skinned, split black gram / urad dal and cumin seeds, few curry leaves

Method:
* Heat oil in a pan add the tadka ingredients. When the dals turn reddish, add the chopped carrot, beetroot, turmeric and salt. Stir, cover and cook on low flame until done. Keep stirring in between.
* Meanwhile cook toordal in a saucepan adding water. The dal needs to be cooked but still should hold the shape. It should not turn mushy.
* Add coconut, cooked toordal and chili powder to the cooked veggies. Stir to combine and cook for a couple of minutes more.
* Serve hot with rotis / rice.

Check what other marathoners are cooking during BM#15.

20 comments:

Usha said...

We usually add chana dal or moong dal. I tried beets & carrots combo. Looks good.

Priya said...

Very catchy and super colourful dish, well done.

Shobha said...

Andhra food..yummy yummy !

Chef Mireille said...

I made an Indian meal today and I would have totally made this if it was posted before I started cooking..there is a beetroot in my fridge - I guess this is for later in the week!

Sumi said...

wow, lovely kootu curry

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Love beetroot curry. I shall try adding toor dal next time around. I usually go with moong dal in these kind of dry curries.

Rasi said...

we generally don't add dal.. this is a nice combo..we use it for cutlets too!

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The Pumpkin Farm said...

looks so colorful and pretty

Sravs said...

Healthy combo and delicious one !!

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Tina said...

sooooo colourful nd yummy.

Srivalli said...

That's a lovely colour and so healthy..enjoyed all your posts as always Suma..great!

PJ said...

Beautiful color and healthy too...

Preeti Garg said...

Look Awesome.....perfectly made....too yumm!!!!

rajani said...

This is indeed a colorful side dish with rice.Kiddo loves it.

maha said...

looks delicious
maha

Akila said...

Looks so inviting m easy to cook..

PriyaVaasu said...

I have seen moong dal added to curries, adding toor dal is very new to me!!! Curry looks very colorful!!!!

Shanthi said...

Looks so yumm!! Wonderful combo and sure would have tasted good too.

vaishali sabnani said...

very colorful and healthy dish!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Very nice...