Monday, June 11, 2012

Kathirikkai Kadalai Koottu / The Lentil based curry with Peanuts and Brinjals

A curry with groundnuts as the main ingredient was something totally new to me as a newly wedded girl in my husband's home.
Soon I realised that this side dish gained a unanimous support in the 10 member family! When the general lunch menu of the house called for dal, sambhar, rasam, poriyal and curd to finish off, this curry was a rescue for the lazy days. Kadalai Kathirikkai Koottu served as a sumptuous meal with hot steamed rice, rasam and curd!

This is a 'Koottu' ( lentil based curry) I make at least once a month for years since then.

  Get ready with:

  Pacha Kadalai / de-shelled peanuts or groundnuts - 1 cup
  Kathirikkai / brinjal - diced 1 cup
  Moong dal, lightly roasted - 1/2 cup
  Finely minced shallots - a tbsp
  Jeera powder-1/2 tsp
  Turmeric powder- a fat pinch
  Sambhar powder - 1/2 tsp
  Fresh coconut gratings - 2 tsps

 To Season,

 Oil- a tbsp
 Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
 Urad dal- 1/4 tsp
 Finely minced shallots - a tsp (optional.. I don't add this.. but it enhances the flavour of the curry)
 Red chillies- 1 or 2, broken to three pcs each
 Curry leaves- a sprig


Soak groundnuts overnight. Rinse and pressure cook ( I use a 3 ltr pressure cooker body) till soft with enough water and salt. Remove to another vessel along with the cooked water.
Give a quick rinse to the roasted moong dal. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Reduce and while it simmers, stir in shallots and the powders (jeera, turmeric and sambhar). Add salt. Stir along the brinjal pieces and coconut gratings lastly. Pressure cook for 1-2 whistles (not more than that).

Open the lid after the steam vents off and season the curry. You know how to do it, right?
Heat the oil in a separate kadai, crackle the mustard seeds, brown the urad dal, followed by the minced shallots. Caramelize them, throw in the red chilly bits and the curry leaves. Pour this over the curry and you are done.
Check the final consistency of the curry. It shouldn't be too thick nor watery. It does thicken while cooling down.

The softly cooked groundnuts combine well with the brinjal chunks soaked in the moong dal base, seasoned to perfection! The 'Koottu' is healthy, mild and flavourful. Goes well with steamed rice, rotis and phulkas.


  1. Groundnut curry is something new.. I make bloiled groundnuts like sundal..but never made a curry.
    The curry looks tasty.

  2. I have neve had this curry looks so good.

  3. lovely yummy and delicious kathrikai kootu,I make a differet version of this kootu with peanuts ofcourse.

  4. Sounds tasty, new to me. Bookmarked.

  5. looks delicious and recipe to try:)

  6. kadalai is always my favorite... கடலை போடுரதுன்னாலும் சரி, சாப்பிடரதுன்னாலும் சரி ;)

  7. wow nice recipe. looks simple and delicious.

  8. I know kadala kozhambu in popular in south but I have not heard of kootu. I am so going to try this because, I love egg plant and kadala a lot. Have book marked it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I am mad about Peanut.. So addictive.. Very nice click! I Have book marked for sure....

    Veena of

  10. This recipe is new to me.I have bookmarked your cow-pea curry to try and bookmarking this one too.Lovely pics!

  11. This is totally new. Looks great.

  12. Have heard of adding raw peanuts in kootu, but never tasted it! looks good!

  13. i have never eaten peanuts in a curry. The koottu looks amazing!

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  14. A very interesting combo - I've never tried this one before. Will give it a shot soon.

  15. Looks Yum!

  16. wow! tempting recipe:) Such a pity I don't get fresh groundnuts here:(..


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